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This shot was taken on a Nikon training day learning to photograph birds in flight with expert tuition from Chris Gomersall.

I enjoy trying what I describe as 'technically challenging' photography - using a 600mm f4, capturing a fast moving target, and on a dull day. The bird was in the bottom left corner of the full frame so cropped to suit - the advice being to clip at the wing joints. This was one of several taken on the day...

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:600.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Oct 2012 - 4:46 PM
Focal Length:600mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom (Shade or cloudy, can't remember, but shot raw)
Title:Red Kite
Username:AndrewCee AndrewCee
Uploaded:6 Jan 2013 - 11:58 PM
Tags:Birds, Flight, Red kite, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
7 Jan 2013 - 12:38 AM

Superb in flight captured.
debu

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 1:49 PM

This is a very good shot Andrew; sharp, well exposed, great head detail.

Not a lot to suggest to improve it, - just toned down highlights a little in the mods. Not blown, but you get a little more detail when highlights are toned down a little.

You mentioned clipping (cropping?) at the wing joint, - I know nothing about bird photography so I assume this is correct, and notice you didnt crop according to this advice? So mod2 is a square crop that has this done just for comparison.


Regards



Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 7:54 AM

I like this in most respects. I would darken a tiny bit and clone out the white blobs in the grass. Bait?

Paul

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AndrewCee e2 Member 1AndrewCee vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 5:00 PM

Thanks folks re comments on toning down and detail. I've uploaded a bit a variation on the theme...

And yes, bait. This shot was taken at a farm in Wales well known for 'feeding' the Kites every day. Whether or not one agrees with the practice, they have seen Kite numbers grow from a number of pairs to several hundred.

Andrew

Last Modified By AndrewCee at 8 Jan 2013 - 5:04 PM

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