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#1 Reciprocityrules

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:14 AM

This is the first bird of prey that I captured in flight.  IMO it's an OK image; not stellar, a bit soft, a tad far for my lens (heavy crop)but I'm still learning.  I have sharper images in the series that I'll edit later.  It was taken in harsh light (a bit late in the day - about 11:00 a.m.).  This series taught me the importance of a high shutter speed because I missed a few in the series due to motion blur (the cormorant was taken the following day at a higher shutter speed). The background is crap, but that's where the bird was.  Once again, not a gem, but it's something to look at and learn from - faster shutter speed!

 

300mm, f4, 1/2000, ISO 800, +1.7 EV

 

 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 05:55 AM

That`s a cracker Jonny, nicely lit too....boy would I be pleased to get a BIF as sharp as that.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 09:47 AM

All things considered, a nice capture.  Mostly I love your attitude.  Paraphrasing David DuChemin, "We need to remember that most of our photographs are merely sketches - that's how we learn."


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 09:57 AM

I'd be overjoyed with that one, Jonny.  The light is good as far as I'm concerned and the background is what it is !

Dunno about the species. A buzzard (European-speak for bird of prey with spread primaries and a wedge tail), maybe ?


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:01 AM

Great shot considering the conditions. Looks decently sharp to me. As far as species is concerned it looks like a Red-shouldered Hawk.
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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:04 AM

Thanks for the support fellas!  I actually post-processed this one :o.  I splurged and spent the $24 to upgrade to the current model of my software - it even recognizes my camera and accepts my RAW files!  I pushed this one to an acceptable level, and it wasn't as bad as a root canal; I did have to watch a few videos and refresh my memory on how things work.  There are some areas that could use more detail, but shadow noise is not my friend  :).  Regarding the attitude; I never consider myself a photographer. I am learning and will, one day, get good shots consistently. My shots are my sketches - I concur Kerry.  For me, it's all about having fun.  This was the first time I actually went shooting since July.  I snapped a few shots between July and now, but this was my first time actually going out to shoot.  It was a nice day, and I got to fiddle with my camera.  Hopefully 2018 will bring more of these days.  Thanks!


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:07 AM

Nice pose, and you added some EV which is good in-field decision making. It looks pretty sharp to me, notwithstanding the cropping you did. Congrats!

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:27 AM

Beautiful!



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:16 PM

Very nice Jonny!



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:23 PM

Thanks fellas!  Yes the pose is nice, but that darn shutter speed would have made things better.  I have some low-hanging fruit from the series that I'll post, and you can definitely see the difference in IQ.  I still have a lot of work to do in bettering my post-processing skills, and this was a good candidate to try on.  Thanks!


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:20 AM

Great shot Jonny. RIF - Raptors in flight are at  the top of my list. I think David is right - a Red Shoulder Hawk.



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:43 PM

Thanks John.  Truth be told, it's soft and a bit far for my lens.  I am going to post a better image that required less in post soon.  I have always felt that I'd get a better image at a lower shutter speed even if I missed a few in the series due to motion blur.  You have been a proponent of fast shutter speeds, and you are right.  This image also suffers from noise in the shadows that created a trade-off between detail and reduced noise.  ISO and noise are difficult for me to deal with.  The lower shutter speed allows a lower ISO, but softness cannot be compensated for in post.  Noise is also contingent upon the amount of light impacting an area; shadows are noisier.  I suppose that I will give better noise reduction in shadows a try.  I embrace my novice status and am sincerely grateful for your posts and guidance.  Thanks!   This series really drove home some points that I'll rethink.  The head movement of the subject or perhaps a stumble on my part create motion blur; even with good image stabilization.  That cannot be remedied in post. 


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:53 PM

Jonny,
ISO and noise, especially with dark backgrounds, are my nemesis too. You are not alone, I too am a beginner photographer let alone bird photographer. This forum is great for the experience and tips shared by everyone. It takes doing what you did...going out and practicing.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 06:37 PM

I think its a great shot Jonny.   I agree with Mark. going out and practice.. and Matt Granger...  Get your gear out!    BIF aint easy

 

Jonny,
ISO and noise, especially with dark backgrounds, are my nemesis too. You are not alone, I too am a beginner photographer let alone bird photographer. This forum is great for the experience and tips shared by everyone. It takes doing what you did...going out and practicing.






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