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The 'Latin' name may be not quite correct but having seen one of these take a Great Tit on our driveway last week it is apt.

"is this one a set-up?" i hear you cry... sorry, but yes - so much so that the 100 year old oak gate was carried to the site for this purpose

yes i would love to be a 'proper' photographer but time and patience dictates - and the sad truth is that most of the renowned wildlife greats Rouse, Weston etc all cheat it's just that they don't always admit it.


"Beth" the Sparrowhawk is one of the stars of our raptor photography workshops - next one Sat 1st September, 85, 15-30 min from Tamworth (more if you are walking)

Far smaller aperture than i would normally use for this type of subject, but relatively big lens so of course was countering compression a little to ensure detail throughout and, as you will see from exif, plenty of afternoon light so no issue with forcing ISO beyond camera's capabilities or with losing shutter speed - partially assisted with - 2/3 EC


I have been on here long enough for you all to know that your comments, good/bad are all more than welcome

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark II
Lens:300.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Apr 2012 - 3:42 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Sparrowhawk - Swiftus killus smallbirdus muchas
Username:philhomer philhomer
Uploaded:31 Jul 2012 - 8:33 AM
Tags:Birds of prey, Hawk, Owl photography, Pets / captive animals, Raptor, Raptor photography, Sparrow hawk, Sparrowhawk, Sublime images photography tuition, Wildlife photography day, Wildlife photography tuition
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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 8:44 AM

Like the details and colours in this.
Regards Richard

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philhomer
philhomer  435 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 9:00 AM

no idea what epz is playing at but if you look at Rich's comment above you will see 'detail' highlighted... this leads you into a FREE competition that costs you 10 per week or such. not suggesting that any of you are stupid but do take care.

personally saw this earlier and thought it was a one-off, if epz continues with this then i may well boycott the site

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33098 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 9:19 AM

A stunning example of this most beautiful Birds of Prey, superb pose, superb natural colours, fine detail in this rather exquisite plumage, a rather exceptional portrait.

Regards Nathan

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NDODS e2 Member 33098 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 9:21 AM

"Have I missed something?"

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philhomer
philhomer  435 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 9:34 AM

ahhhh, the competition links move around the site! you will see them today - so far they colour and underline a word in someone's text

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 9:35 AM

So it's OK for you to advertise photography workshops at a price but no one else!!!! One way traffic me thinks........SadSadSad

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philhomer
philhomer  435 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 9:39 AM

i do not have an issue with anyone advertising (genuine stuff) - but when you see this i feel you will agree that it is completely misleading. seems to be an automated jobby, not a real person

Last Modified By philhomer at 31 Jul 2012 - 9:40 AM

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philhomer
philhomer  435 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 10:46 AM

just rejoined e2 membership and it does give greater insight into the whole workings of images and non-feedback..

for instance, 13 unique views on this and 11 votes - genuinely wish the 2 non-voters would comment as to what they find wrong with the image. personally feel that all knowledgeable critique is invaluable - if you visit and do not like this then don't be frightened or too shy to say so, worst case i shall get upset and sulk for 10 minutes Wink

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 - 11:52 AM

Great shot, Phil - woke up yesterday to find two large piles of feathers on my lawn from one of these guys having a feast - unfortunately, I missed him!
Tony

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114499 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 12:50 PM

Well you had me fooled for a few seconds.....

Ade

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bagman
bagman  365 forum posts United States
31 Jul 2012 - 2:14 PM

For me this is all most as good as they get.Just such a wonderful job in this piece of work.
Frank.

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philhomer
philhomer  435 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 3:51 PM


Quote: For me this is all most as good as they get.Just such a wonderful job in this piece of work.
Frank.

whadya mean almost? Wink

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Margaret101
31 Jul 2012 - 4:16 PM

beautifully sharp. well caught!

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4557 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 5:52 PM

Great shot !!!.....great title !!.......I never did 'Latin' at school, thank goodness, but this sounds spot-on to me !!.Grin

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42310 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
31 Jul 2012 - 8:08 PM

Think the latin is just about spot on! Super image Phil, excellent clarity. Lou

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wildlifephotographer

Nice & Sharp. Great Work!

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 10:36 AM

Seeing as this is a 'set up' I think you could have made a far better job of it.
With the gate being a moveable prop you could have placed it somewhere with a cleaner back drop or devised something, I also think the placement of the Hawk could be better too . When you are actually in a position to be handling these birds you could have put it in a much better position on the gate post, facing the other way would have been good then the tail would have been in the image.
Well detailed image but not too much thought gone in to what would have been an enviable situation for many avian photographers.

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