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This is a shot from my first attempt at capturing birds in-flight, using high-speed flash.
This is similar, in a way to water droplet work, in as much as yoou set the equiptment up, then sit patiently, with your thumb/finger on the remote, pressing the button when you think the bird is in-frame.
Then, you end up throwing away 90 percent of what you caught in frame, because they're out of focus.
Worth mentioning, this shot yields some of the best plumage detail I have seen, in my work anyway, so worth looking large.
Thanks for looking.

Shot info:
Off-camera(2m cord) 580EXII flash set to manual at 1/32 power, approx 1m away from target area on tripod.
Camera:
1/60
F11
ISO 100
Manual focus
Wired remote shutter release
Tripod mounted
One-man chair hide.

Camera:Canon 1DMK2N
Lens:400mm F5.6L
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Beginners Luck
Username:arhb arhb
Uploaded:14 Jan 2010 - 10:41 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Wildlife / nature
Votes:61

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
14 Jan 2010 - 10:48 AM

Very well taken.
cor.

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Kingfisher8
14 Jan 2010 - 10:51 AM

A beautiful shot well timed and well done.

Keith.

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keith47
keith47  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 10:52 AM

Absolutely fantastic, thanks for the set up info, nice to learn from others so I may give this a try sometime.

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FredF
FredF  8 France
14 Jan 2010 - 11:00 AM

For a first time it is a superb shot.

Fred

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Imagephotographics

Excellent capture - well done

Chris

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
14 Jan 2010 - 11:04 AM

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
A superb image!
JNC

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Thushari
Thushari  5 Sri Lanka1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 11:07 AM

What a great capture, well timing.

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amron33
amron33  4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 - 11:10 AM

Excellent perfectly timed shot.
Congratulations !!
Gordon

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digitall
digitall  8238 forum posts Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 11:11 AM

Well wort the effort and time put in.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 11:19 AM

Wish I could get one as good as this.
Joan.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 11:31 AM

Perfect timing.

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DunDiggin
DunDiggin  761 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 12:19 PM

Oh, Yes! That's a corker.

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kingfisherblue
kingfisherblue e2 Member 5kingfisherblue vcard United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 - 12:36 PM

Your patience has been rewarded,a cracking capture,thank you

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DannoM
DannoM  658 forum posts England
14 Jan 2010 - 12:39 PM

wow this is stunning andrew!! have my award well deserved!!

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stuartbailey1963

worth waiting for if you get shots likethis great shot

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WL_Harris
WL_Harris  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 1:13 PM

Very quality flight shot indeed.
Lee

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72342 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 1:14 PM

Thanks for all of your comments, and special thanks to Danno for his award - much appreciated.
I might try some more jumping squirrels soon...

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 1:17 PM

Very very good. I see what you mean about the plumage.
Fraser

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nonac350d
nonac350d  7 Northern Ireland
14 Jan 2010 - 2:31 PM

Great Capture.

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jack33
jack33  653 forum posts England
14 Jan 2010 - 4:01 PM

Excellent shot, very sharp for 1/60s.

Jack. Smile

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Scaramanga
14 Jan 2010 - 4:42 PM

Incredible capture.

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Karrol
Karrol  629 forum posts England
14 Jan 2010 - 4:57 PM

What a brilliant beginning........!

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paulrosser
14 Jan 2010 - 5:23 PM

Lovely shot Andrew, a cracker mate!
Paul.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 5:47 PM

This is a stunning shot Andrew - the plumage detail and colours are just awesome. Congratulations on a wonderful capture and thanks for the settings and equipment details. Shortlisted.
Sylvia

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 6:09 PM

Simply fabulous action capture !! SUPERBLY captured...

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Geofferz
Geofferz e2 Member 6Geofferz vcard United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 - 6:38 PM

Cracking shot.
Geoff

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ImageProducer
14 Jan 2010 - 6:44 PM

superb capture and timing.these are fast little birds so very well done.

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 7:20 PM

Excellent capture Andrew, superbly detailed. For a first attempt at this sort of thing you have done brilliantly.
Steve

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averity
averity  7 Spain
14 Jan 2010 - 7:34 PM

beautifully done

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 7:38 PM

Brilliant (no really !) Technically way beyond any ability Ive got , but far more impressive , its a bird actually doing something rather than perched on a bloody twig !

Superb detail Andy.

Last Modified By Eviscera at 14 Jan 2010 - 7:38 PM

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arhb e2 Member 72342 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 8:45 PM

Dave, thanks mate, but there's a huge contrast between creative and technical ability - as in this is 'technically' beginners luck.
BTW, the bird is flying towards a bloody twig : )

Thank you also to everyone for the positive feedback, and to Calvin(averity) for his user award.

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 8:57 PM

Oh well , Im sure this great photographer can give you some tips Wink

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TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 10:08 PM

Andrew, this really is outstanding! Amazing focusing & such clear detail, which means viewing in Large Version is a MUST. Well done indeed.
Terry

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arhb e2 Member 72342 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 10:26 PM

Thank you Terry, an excellent looking user award - much appreciated.

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 10:50 PM

A fantastic capture. Thanks for adding the set-up info.
Pete.

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TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 11:07 AM


Quote: Thank you Terry, an excellent looking user award - much appreciated.

It's the Family Crest, Andrew!
Terry

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Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 11:08 AM

well done......

Linda

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maratsuikka
15 Jan 2010 - 3:36 PM

Fine ,now we wait for butterflies...

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STEVELIN
STEVELIN  6158 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2010 - 10:23 AM

fantastic capture andy i wish i had your luck large is amazing fantastic plumage detail
steve

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