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Another of my favourite bird from the recent falconry shoot. Like this one because of the flying feathers (see they are not large dust bunnies)

Thanks for recent comments. The paper and light image did better than I expected.

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:500mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Lunch Time
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:11 Mar 2010 - 5:52 PM
Tags:Falco columbarius, Feathers, Merlin, Mush, Pets / captive animals, Prey
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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 5:59 PM

Corker!
Steve

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 6:06 PM

Stunning!

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motorsportpictures

Stunner.

Scott

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wideangler
11 Mar 2010 - 6:08 PM

Superb! As you say, the feathers, but the perfect background to make them stand out as well. Great shot.

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Iain_Proudfoot
11 Mar 2010 - 6:18 PM

A great photograph.

Regards, Iain.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 6:18 PM

This is more like it. Cracking bird and so natural ripping at the food. Like the fg and bg blur guiding everything straight to the Merlin
Richard

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vandalp
vandalp  6
11 Mar 2010 - 6:25 PM

Stunning shot.
Vanda

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 6:31 PM

Beautiful dof detail and comp brilliantly set off by the flurry of feathers

Ian

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 6:59 PM

Thanks all.

Have a few other variations of this one. Including seeing more of the prey, which might be a bit much for some.

Also have a few of the merlin on a different perch, but I can't decide which couple I like best from about 30, so need to revisit thise before I work out which ones to process.

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Aliperti
Aliperti  4 Brazil
11 Mar 2010 - 7:12 PM

Fantastic!

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Snapitt
Snapitt e2 Member 5Snapitt vcard
11 Mar 2010 - 7:15 PM

Great shot!

Jane

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
11 Mar 2010 - 7:40 PM

Stunning shot
Vince

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rockfish
rockfish  4 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 - 7:55 PM

Great comp and selective focus. Super image.
Peter

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User_Removed
11 Mar 2010 - 7:57 PM

like this

di

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Pacifica
Pacifica  4 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 - 8:13 PM

Fabulous image

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MB63
MB63  5 England
11 Mar 2010 - 10:12 PM

Superb shot!
Marc

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9100 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 10:40 PM

Nice sharp detail on the bird and like the floating feathers.
However, the blurring in the image although focuses the eye on the bird, is a little overdone, as the local grass is blurred in the same DOF as the bird, which does not look natural.

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2010 - 7:34 AM

Superb Cheryl..... I love these.... fabulous POV and comp

Jon

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2010 - 8:00 AM

Thanks all.

All totally natural Derek, no post processing. The grass takes on more blur because it actually obscures the lens and is well inside the minimum focal distance of the lens, whereas the subject is above this blockage, so will render sharp. It is just with the angle that you can't see the small line of grass that is sharp level with the bird, so a complete optical illusion.

If I post one later with the prey you will see that the prey which is on the same plane, but just slightly above the grass level is also sharp.

Next time we have one of these shots setup I'll do a couple of shots at other apertures and also from an inch or two higher, but you will see that there is a very fine line where the effect works. Not likely to be until the next workshop in May and then depends on the co-operation of the bird.

Last Modified By csurry at 12 Mar 2010 - 8:05 AM

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2010 - 2:01 PM

Wonderful capture.

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rogerbryan
rogerbryan e2 Member 10397 forum postsrogerbryan vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 - 6:39 PM

Cracking image

Roger

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CathyI
CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2010 - 11:54 AM

The flurry of feathers finishes this of beautifully! (Good job I don't stutter, isn't it?! Wink)

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