Study Group One

Maria Korab-Laskowska

Title:  Black-capped Chickadee
Goal: to photograph a bird in flight approaching or leaving a feeder but without the feeder in the frame
Source:  Canon 7D with Canon 300mm f/2.8 at 1/5000, f/4; ISO 640
Technique:  I was using tripod, focused on the bird feeder then switched to manual focus, moved camera so feeder was not in the frame and waited patiently when a bird flew in my frame at the distance of my focus.The ratio of the success was very low. I was in the park and did not know the typical bird's route to approach the feeder. There was more than one tree around so birds could approach the feeder from several directions. Any suggestion to improve ratio of good images using such technique of focusing would be very appreciate.

Processing: Cropped (1/4 of the whole image), sharpened

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My photographic interests started in Maryland, 2002, when I joined the National Institute of Health Camera Club. After moving back to Montreal in 2004, I joined Lakeshore Camera Club.

I am using a Canon 7D camera and the following Canon lenses: 24-100L IS f4, 70-200 L IS f 4, macro 100 L2.8, 17-35L f2.8, 300L IS f2.8, extenders 1.4 and 2.0. My post processing workflow includes Bridge or Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 and NIK and Photomatix software.

I came into photography with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. My photographic interests started in 2002, and since then I photographed many subjects, ranging from environment and architecture to animals and sports. In 2009 I graduated from a Commercial Photography Program at Dawson College in Montreal. I organize photo tours and workshops and enjoy sharing my regional knowledge and passion for photography.