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I have just spent well over an hour looking at your photos. All I can say is Wow!!! How do you get

the birds to stay in one place long enough to get some of your spectacular photos!!! You must spend

hours and hours outdoors!!! I am a amateur nature photographer wannabe. My stuff is not 1/10th as good as yours!!! I'd love to hear some stories about your photographic adventures!!!!

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Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed them. Yes, hours and hours upon hours. lol There is always a bit of luck as to what you might find or what might happen right infront of you. If you are not out there, you can assume great things are happening somewhere and you are missing them. lol That said, when you are out there you have to know how to capitalize on what you do see. One, learn your target. The habits, what and where it eats, sleeps, sounds like in different situations and it's reactions to different stimuli.

It changes for all species and will help you know where to look. With the Snowy Owls for instance. I shoot them when they are moving thru for the winter. They prefer areas by water that is open, not overgrown, and has logs for them to sit upon and watch. They will see you well before you see them. So how do you get close? These birds are used to hunting and feeding around grazing animals up north. Why does that matter? Well, those logs that they sit on also protect them from predators. Predators will come over the logs toward them and they are gone because the logs slow the predator enough. Back to those grazing animals, they don't go over the logs but graze around them and never pay attention to the owl, walking back and forth past them. The Owl does not feel threatened. So to get close, I have bent over and slowly made my way at several 45degree angles back and forth past the Owl paying very little attention to him/her getting slightly closer every pass. I have even stopped for a second to rip grass out of the ground and then drop it little by little as I go. I am now an Elk or sheep. I have gotten within 30 yrds of Snowy owls. Most birds do not require so much, but you get the idea.

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Thanks Jeeperman for your very helpful and informative note about Photoscape and what/how to do it! I'm new to the forum, and tried it out with my new avatar picture as you can see - it worked brilliantly!! I'm really happy because I'd originally had the free trial version of Photoshop, and I wasn't about to pay $10 a month to have something I rarely use. 

I only have 2 marbles in my collection now, but I look forward to getting more in the future.  I probably won't tell the wife (hehe) because I've already got a load of other things I'm into as well: ham radio, license plates, metal detecting, and casino chips! 

 

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New question here....

I hope there's a Photoscape expert reading this - In photoshop there's a function called 'Free Transform' where you can correct a section of your picture if say perhaps you didn't take it at exactly the correct angle. Is that available in Photoscape? Thanks.

 

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I've got another Photoscape technical support question here. Hopefully someone may be able to answer this one too. I have two drives on my computer. A solid state drive (SSD), and my hard drive for all my programs. The SSD is the default C: drive, and the hard drive is my E: drive. I only wanted to have just the Windows OS installed on the SSD, but I just discovered that it automatically installed Photoscape on the C: drive without giving me any choice in the matter. 

Has anyone had this issue? Is there any way to get it moved over or reinstalled on my E: drive? 

Thanks!

 

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Sorry I have not dealt with that issue, hopefully someone a little more tech savvy will come by. They may not see it here tho, you might have to ask in general chat in a new thread.

 

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Excellent Paul, I should have been reading the threads over here and I wouldn't have had to ask you advice a while back! You solved my lighting issues and the locking up problems I was having with the camera was due to the SD card. I switched out to a regular card without WiFi and now it doesn't lock up anymore. I need to use my tripod now and I'll be shooting as well as I need.

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You are welcome, no worries at all Chuck. I enjoy helping where I can. Glad it got sorted for you and you did not end up needing to replace more than a card. I will look forward to seeing the re-shoots. Happy New Year. 

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