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    • Thank you Donna ❤
      Great reed warblers are spring/summer birds here, and it's a real joy to hear them in the reed fields. As you know, they are challenging to spot, so it was a real treat to see this fellow 🙂

  1. What a shot, Takami! I know how my AF tends to focus on the branch, the bird, the branch, in that sort of situation. I finally set my AF (new camera still learning) so that it is more sensitive and doesn’t do that as much. Anyways …. gorgeous shot!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    • Thank you Amy🌹
      Oh yes, I understand the “AF woes” totally 😀
      Great reed warblers are spring/summer birds here, so it’s always a joy to hear them. As you know, they are quite vocal, but very challenging to “spot” in the reed fields. It was a happy moment to view this fellow – he’s my neighbor and loves to wake us up 😀

      • I LOVE the song of the warblers, Takami! They bring such delight to my Soul and I actually hear myself laughing softly when I hear them as if I were a child again. Such lightness they bring with their song! 🦋

      • Photographing birds is extremely challenging. In my experience, manual focus is not appropriate and near impossible to do on a subject that is constantly moving. Then throw in the moving leaves in the wind or stalks or whatever …. manual focus with macro shots of flowers, yes feasible. Birds, no. Curiosity leads me to ask you, Ray, if you have ever shot birds while on manual focus.

        • Manual focus is still the best way to make pictures of anything that moves. Animal, athletes, people in mas groups.

          To answer your question, I’m an old guy. I started before the advent of auto focus. My hand eye coordination is still pretty good. I’ve photographed birds. I’ve photographed animals in fast motion. I’ve photographed NFL football players running straight at me. All manual focus.

          You learn to pre-set, anticipate and follow focus from there. It takes some skill and lots of practice but even you young folks can do it. 🙂

          • I’ve been thinking about what you said, Ray. I do apologize for thinking that you did not know the challenges of action photography. And I will add, I don’t know how you capture action in manual focus. I know from experience how challenging just macro photography is using manual focus. I’m really going to experiment with manual focus because I have an excellent eye-finger reflex. Something else for me to “shoot” for. (smile)

          • Hello Mr. Ray,
            As always, your insight and advise is much appreciated. Apologies for being late, the time-difference means I’m usually the last to catch up on comments 😉

            Yes, your points regarding MF -especially hand/eye coordination-remind me of the best advice given to me by fellow photographers out in the field. He was in his 80’s (!) and shared many a story and tip about MF, and I had absolutely no excuse to say “no” 😉 And if someone who has lived through the war, grew up with basically nothing, and can still challenge himself to play around with Lightroom and Photoshop and heft all his gear alone…well, I’ll just suck it up, keep my head down and keep practising 😀

          • That’s very interesting. My dad served in the occupation force as the SGT. MG. of the 1st Cav Div. He ran logistics. He was based in Tokyo. By then, late 1945-46, the US was very benevolent towards Japanese survivors. He saw first hand what they went through.

            Anybody who is still alive from that time is amazing. Listen carefully to what they have to say.

            Oddly, 24 years later, I served in the same unit. Different job. Way different war. I was an aviator. I flew Hueys on Medivac missions. I saved lives.

            It all comes back in a circle.

    • Thank you Brian 🙂
      Yes, they are indeed quite noisy, but as you say, it’s a challenge to spot them. Great reed warblers are “spring/summer” birds here, and it’s a joy to hear them.
      Best wishes,
      Takami

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