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Taken at Cairngorm National Park, Scotland, UK
This bird belongs to a falconer

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Feb 2011 - 3:53 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Merlin
Username:khump3 khump3
Uploaded:20 Mar 2011 - 2:02 PM
Tags:Merlin, Pets / captive animals
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Beautiful capture - well done !

Chris

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Dilys
Dilys  3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2011 - 3:02 PM

Lovely capture........excellent datail
Kathy

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Esge
Esge  5 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2011 - 3:05 PM

Fantastic shot. Great focus and nicely framed with the heather/bracken/foilage (delete as applicable) Smile

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2011 - 3:11 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Keith, having attended a very similar session if I may I will add some critique.

The idea with the shot is to use the heather to obscure the perch on which the merlin is sitting. I have not uploaded one from this year, but LeeFisher who has voted on this has, so if you follow this link you can see the difference that this makes to the final shot. Clearly the light on the two days was different, but you get the idea.

Here's a link to one from last year where the perch is just about visible.

I know when there are 10-12 people taking a similar shot that finding a good line can be difficult, but I am not sure if you were aware of the intended result or not.

If there were a little more heather in the bottom left then the image would work better, but as it is at the moment the eye is drawn down and out of the bottom left of the shot.

HTH
Cheryl

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Pricegrah
Pricegrah  4 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2011 - 6:21 PM

Super shot

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chriswood
chriswood  3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2011 - 8:37 PM

nice shot

chris

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