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Another view of Red Kites coming in to feed... This is one of a sequence, they did not collide!

I've added this shot as an example where my technique was to focus on a pre-chosen spot and fire away as the subject comes into range (thanks D4!) and never quite knowing what might turn up. I wish I had all the tail on the rear-most bird, oh so close...

I'll pick up on other advice folk have been kind enough to offer tomorrow with a bird in flight high in the sky... However, in respect of exposure and toning down, I've checked the histogram on this shot. It's about 20% max from black to 1/3, peaks up and down to about 80% to 3/4 (blue leftmost, red & green rightmost) then only about 5% until max white where it is 0.

A little noisy, but I'll take it for ISO 12800.

Andrew

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:600.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Oct 2012 - 5:09 PM
Focal Length:600mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:12800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:Collision Course
Username:AndrewCee AndrewCee
Uploaded:8 Jan 2013 - 5:23 PM
Tags:Birds, Flight, Red kite, Wildlife / nature
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strokebloke
8 Jan 2013 - 5:28 PM

A super shot.
As you say, a pity about the tail, but .........
You know what you're doing ...... and, how you're doing it. That's the important thing Andrew, isn't it?

The colours & DoF are excellent

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
8 Jan 2013 - 5:43 PM

This is an awesome capture !! Excellent !!

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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 673 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 5:46 PM


Quote: This is an awesome capture !! Excellent !!

the only change i would have done was to clone out the two blue numbers on the bird wings

otherwise well spotted and captured

david

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vandalp
vandalp  6
8 Jan 2013 - 9:18 PM

Great capture.
Vanda

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AndrewCee
AndrewCee e2 Member 1AndrewCee vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2013 - 4:21 PM

Thanks again for all the king remarks. Re the wing tags, there are a number of Kites so marked, all of which can be 'looked up' on a number of sites. In the case of this bird - assuming I've read the tags correctly, the left wing tag is purple meaning the bird comes from Aberdeen in Scotland. The right wing tag being blue means the bird hatched in 2001. Interestingly enough, I managed a shot or two of the 'white Kite' - there is just the one, I believe. That too is tagged.

I guess I kind of find the tags in this shot add something with the position they are in relative to the two birds, although in perhaps the first Kite shot I put up they would detract from the magnificence of the bird.

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yultony
yultony  2 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 - 6:03 AM

Fantastic capture even with part of tail missing

Tony

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