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I have not been out with my camera for almost twelve months now. Firstly, my health which has not been too good of late and secondly this awful weather that we have had during the last twelve months. Sad Smile
Last Tuesday though I was tempted out by my very good friends Carsten http://www.ephotozine.com/user/focused-photography-16022 . And Joe http://www.ephotozine.com/user/photographerjoe-36665 . I had the good fortune to meet another excellent photographer from EPZ Jim http://www.ephotozine.com/user/jim5955-92528 who is a far better bird photographer than I could ever dream of being. Nice to meet you Jim. Anyway we went to a pool by the M6 near Cannock, Brewood pool I think and spent a couple of hours there. A couple of hours that I enjoyed so very much. During this time I managed to photograph quite a few Ducks and Coots and this wonderful Heron as it left the pool.

I do hope you like it as much as I do and if you do comment please be honest (I can take it)

Thanks once again Carsten, Joe and Jim. Smile

David.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A850
Lens:Sigma 170 - 500
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jul 2013 - 11:08 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:I'm Going
Username:DeSilver DeSilver
Uploaded:16 Jul 2013 - 9:07 AM
Tags:Heron, Wildlife / nature
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 9:34 AM

Nicely conveyed sense of movement.

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1238 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 - 12:00 PM

Wonderful image, great timing!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:19 PM

Hey hey...good to see you uploading again, David GrinGrin

Glad you had a good time at that outing and I have to say you certainly had some great timing with this shot. I've never shot a bird in flight and this one looks like it's going at a fair pace!

I like the crop you've used too. Very good use of space Smile

Andrew

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:31 PM

Superb in-flight shot - and I too like the crop - great detail and lovely colours.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 4:32 PM

A very nice in-flight capture, David - not the easiest subject! Wink
Hope you're soon feeling yourself again, take care,
Trev Smile

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 5:57 PM

Tell you what David, I have not yet managed a heron in flight so you did extremely well and its sharp no probs there

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 8:04 PM

Lovely movement good DOF and a great image.
Regards John.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2013 - 10:05 PM

A superbly taken inflight shot David, good to hear you are getting out and about with your camera once again

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focused-photography

I like this shot very much David... nice to see you had fun and enjoyed it very much...Smile)

We have to do it more often please....Smile

Carsten

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NobbytheNobster

Lovely capture!

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 8:29 AM

A super comeback photograph.You obviously have not lost any of your photographic skills.

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 1:51 PM

Beautiful pose and very well placed in the frame David. Hope there 'll be more soon!
Rende

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 9:03 PM

Glad to see you're well and out with camera David, this is a great inflight capture.
Hope you'll enjoy the summer weather.
regards
Yung

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2013 - 9:55 PM

A lovely BIF shot
Ju

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2013 - 11:57 AM

I know the feeling of capturing a heron in flight!! pure joy and excitement David
great in flight image..and now hope you manage to keep getting out
Lillian

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2013 - 12:02 PM


Quote: I know the feeling of capturing a heron in flight!! pure joy and excitement David
great in flight image..and now hope you manage to keep getting out
Lillian

Thank you Lillian. I'm certainly going to try and get out more and if this weather keeps up I'm sure I will. Thank you.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2173 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2013 - 4:06 PM

Hi ,and thank you for showing interest in my Hay bales image today,
I have not come across your name before as I work full time in a school and dont get time to go through the whole lot of images.
Hope your health is better after this weather and that you will go out again and take some great images like this one you've uploaded todaySmileSmile
NettaSmile

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2013 - 4:25 PM

Good capture of the heron. But...
I have the feeling, that you blured the bg on the computer. If so, there are a few edges you should go over again. All around the heron is kind of a "halo", at the feet and the wings it shows quite well.
Hope you enjoy the great weather,
Johanna

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2013 - 9:38 PM

Nice shot. I like the movement produced by the background .. it seemed that nothing could stop it....if there was no fish in the pool. . Grin Looking forward to seeing your ducks next.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2013 - 12:44 PM

Good that you managed to get of again David, a well timed capture of this heron
Regards Richard

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26 Jul 2013 - 8:59 PM

Excellent flight shot. GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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debu
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31 Jul 2013 - 12:43 PM

Superb in flight captured.
debu

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ChristineD
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1 Aug 2013 - 4:19 PM

Wonderful image

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 - 5:02 AM

David that is a splendid capture! Looks almost 3D from here!
Very well shot and composed! Love it... Grin
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UrbaneMagick
31 Aug 2013 - 8:45 AM

Perfect capture, shouldn't think a better one will be seen of a heron in flight!!


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ChristineD
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1 Sep 2013 - 2:13 PM

Superb in-flight shot

Good to here you are feeling better

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17 Sep 2013 - 11:32 AM

superb flight capture - good colour and detail.

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27 Sep 2013 - 1:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Well done Dave, in flight shots ain't easy, you could try upping the shutter speed next time (increase the ISO) and setting the lens at around 400mm or so because the Sigma is reputed to be a little soft at 500mm. Not sure what the marks are around the wing edges and feet but that's probably been caused during processing Wink
Geoff.

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AlexAppleby
5 Oct 2013 - 5:28 PM

Nicely captured.

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25 Oct 2013 - 3:13 PM

great shot

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 3:51 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Set your autofocus mode to continuous, or whatever Sony call it. It will track the bird as you follow it, shutter half pressed, and only lock focus when the shutter is pressed fully.

Use shutter priority and get the speed higher for best chance of getting the Heron sharp, BUT the background will not be as blurred as it is here. If you are very good at panning, the slower speed as used, at 400mm would work with the continuous focus and give a nice blurred background like this.



regards


Willie

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6 Feb 2014 - 6:23 PM

you are featured e2 piccy at the moment
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