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I spotted this Red Kite whilst on a trip around Woburn Safari Park. He/She was one of a pair that were soaring high, hoping to steal a little carrion from the Lions. It was a beautiful sight to see.

I am not very good at Photoshop etc, but I did adjust the background as it was a very grey day, I also adjusted the levels on the Kite so it stands out much better than my original photo.

Please feel free to add a modification as I am trying to learn how to get the best from my photos SmileSmileSmileSmile

Thanks For Looking, and all the votes and comments on previous uploads, much appreciated SmileSmile

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A200
Lens:Tokina 75-300 Manual Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Apr 2011 - 12:27 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Silently Soaring on Fingered Wings.....
Username:SammyRatFan SammyRatFan
Uploaded:5 Mar 2013 - 5:35 PM
Tags:Birds, Birds of prey, Kite, Nature, Red kite, Wild, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
5 Mar 2013 - 5:38 PM

This is a great capture !! very well taken !

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 5:40 PM

A well timed photo, Sammy!

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 5:52 PM

Super capture!! Nice Image! I like it a lot!!

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 - 5:58 PM

A fantastic image Well captured with lots of detail
Jim

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 6:03 PM

Really great capture - brilliant shot

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 6:36 PM

A good capture a BIF is not an easy thing...John

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 6:43 PM

Absolutely Brilliant.

Tish

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 8:35 PM

Excellent capture of a really magnificent bird!
George

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ColinEJ
ColinEJ  8 United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 9:47 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You have a good capture, sharp and no missing bits of wings and tail. You obviously have good technical panning technique, because Red Kites are the masters of flight and will jink and turn in the wink of an eye, so very well done.

However, your exposure was a little off and it has made the Red Kite a little dark and I note you mention that you had lightened it a little already. The shot was darker than you hoped, because you used program AE and multi segmented metering, which is fine if the Red Kite was against trees in the background. When it is against sky, the sky is very bright and that adversely affects the meter, which will compensate and try to darken the whole scene down to what it considers to be a good average. When you recognise a situation like this, consider using exposure compensation of around +1.5 stops and then you are exposing for the bird and disregarding the effect of the sky.

Hope that helps and I have also uploaded a modified version, where I have brought out a little more detail.

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SammyRatFan
5 Mar 2013 - 10:10 PM


Quote: You have a good capture, sharp and no missing bits of wings and tail. You obviously have good technical panning technique, because Red Kites are the masters of flight and will jink and turn in the wink of an eye, so very well done.

However, your exposure was a little off and it has made the Red Kite a little dark and I note you mention that you had lightened it a little already. The shot was darker than you hoped, because you used program AE and multi segmented metering, which is fine if the Red Kite was against trees in the background. When it is against sky, the sky is very bright and that adversely affects the meter, which will compensate and try to darken the whole scene down to what it considers to be a good average. When you recognise a situation like this, consider using exposure compensation of around +1.5 stops and then you are exposing for the bird and disregarding the effect of the sky.

Hope that helps and I have also uploaded a modified version, where I have brought out a little more detail.

I am always unsure what program is best to use, I usually try different settings and take a lot of shots and see how they come out. I guess I should read up a bit more on the differences so I can make sure the modes are correct so I will get the best out of the subjects I shoot.

Thanks for your help, comment and vote , very much appreciated SmileSmile

Sammy

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 10:30 PM

Nicely captured in-flight image. Thought Colin's comments very useful but know only too well the struggle for right settings!

Ann

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 - 8:25 AM

A cracking image - and good advice from Colin---I'm still struggling with settings too so you're not aloneGrinGrinGrinGrin
Steve

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 6:17 PM

A great image, its nice to see one of these Kites

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terryxc
terryxc  1 England
7 Mar 2013 - 3:39 AM

I think thats a terrific catch, don't know much about photoshop myself and still have a lot to learn, a guy told me that when the sky is a bit dull and grey to use a ND filter (neutral density), don't know if it will help as i've yet buy one to try it out, maybe someone can enlighten us a bit more.

Terry.

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SammyRatFan
7 Mar 2013 - 9:57 AM

Can anyone enlighten myself and Terry about ND Filters?? Smile

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 2:10 PM

Great capture Sammy..Lin

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HuddersfieldHil
HuddersfieldHil e2 Member 1HuddersfieldHil vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 3:42 PM

Great shot lovely detail. Aren't nd filters used when its too bright and you want a slower shutter speed or maybe want to use a wide aperture? Not sure but I am sure someone on here will knowSmile

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 9:28 PM

A lovely capture; I often try to catch buzzards.
Ju

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2013 - 3:34 PM

Great image to start with.
Mod 3 works best in my eye..

Well done..

Dave

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