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#1 MrWild

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 06:30 PM

I have a couple other pics of this Osprey, but I am guessing the one you didn't quite get is always the one that would of been the best..  Kind of like fishing?   I was focused on center of lake at 400mm, because that is where I saw him earlier. Then he came over my head from behind, did not even see him until he was eye level and 15 feet from me. I quickly put my eye behind camera and got 5 shots in frame, but this is the one I wanted ..     

 

D500 w/ 200-500 f/5.6

 

1/3200 sec at 400mm f/6.3  ISO 1800   0 EV 

 

small adjustments to get rid of shadow on wing and sharpening of the eye and beak for better detail then Cropped for presentation ( the top of the wing is the top of pic)

 

I am going to try later to add to top of pic so tip is not cut off.. Suggestions of how to do that?  

 

 

 

The Northern Parula in flight. I have tried and tried to get these tiny birds in flight and this one was very cooperative, staying close and not going behind branches. I got a couple of him catching bugs behind leaves.. He is an excellent hunter!   

 

D500 w/ 70-200 f/2.8

1/3200 sec at 200mm f/2.8 ISO 2800 +1 EV

 

post +19 Luminance to get rid of noise and added +4 saturation to front part of bird along with some sharpening

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#2 John W

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 11:29 PM

Edward the Osprey shot has all the right elements. I like the banking wing angle, dripping water, looks like good light and exposure, good eye contact, settings look spot on, bg is not distracting but the head and body are slightly soft on my monitor. Its okay to have motion blur on the wing but the head and eyes have to be tack sharp for the image to work. I can't tell for sure but I think you grabbed focus on the front wing probably 2' from the head. The other issue with the shot is that it is cropped too tight. Give wildlife in motion room to move. If the image is full frame you could add canvas to the top, lhs and bottom to give it more room but unless you are doing a portrait it looks unnatural to crop so tight.  

 

The Parula is soft on my monitor as well. BIF are really difficult and you are on a fast track to nailing fantastic images. You have the right equipment and the shots you are taking are very challenging. Keeping focus on the head of a moving subject takes alot of practice. I was a competitive clay target shooter and this is more challenging.  Keep shooting. Keep posting. Use group-area AF mode and back button focus for moving subjects. https://photographyl...p-area-af-mode/


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:43 AM

Ditto!

Also like group-area AF mode but use single point more often than not, easy to switch back and forth, keep it up!


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 10:46 AM

You are both right and I hate you . I will go out after work today and as long as it takes and as far as I have to go. I will capture an image that is so perfect in focus, and depth of field and composition. That the only words coming out of your mouth will be " By George, I think he's got it!". Lol. Wish me luck!
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Posted 10 June 2017 - 02:10 PM

Other than being a little soft and clipping the wing on the osprey they are good photos.  The composition is solid but leave just a bit more room around the osprey. 


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:16 AM

Nice work - the osprey one is a smashing composition.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 06:01 PM

Outstanding pose in shot 1 - Great timing on the shot!


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