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Another of my favourite bird from the recent falconry shoot. Like this one because of the flying feathers (see they are not large dust bunnies)
Thanks for recent comments. The paper and light image did better than I expected.
Superb! As you say, the feathers, but the perfect background to make them stand out as well. Great shot.
A great photograph.
This is more like it. Cracking bird and so natural ripping at the food. Like the fg and bg blur guiding everything straight to the Merlin
Beautiful dof detail and comp brilliantly set off by the flurry of feathers
Have a few other variations of this one. Including seeing more of the prey, which might be a bit much for some.
Also have a few of the merlin on a different perch, but I can't decide which couple I like best from about 30, so need to revisit thise before I work out which ones to process.
Great comp and selective focus. Super image.
Nice sharp detail on the bird and like the floating feathers.
However, the blurring in the image although focuses the eye on the bird, is a little overdone, as the local grass is blurred in the same DOF as the bird, which does not look natural.
Superb Cheryl..... I love these.... fabulous POV and comp
All totally natural Derek, no post processing. The grass takes on more blur because it actually obscures the lens and is well inside the minimum focal distance of the lens, whereas the subject is above this blockage, so will render sharp. It is just with the angle that you can't see the small line of grass that is sharp level with the bird, so a complete optical illusion.
If I post one later with the prey you will see that the prey which is on the same plane, but just slightly above the grass level is also sharp.
Next time we have one of these shots setup I'll do a couple of shots at other apertures and also from an inch or two higher, but you will see that there is a very fine line where the effect works. Not likely to be until the next workshop in May and then depends on the co-operation of the bird.
The flurry of feathers finishes this of beautifully! (Good job I don't stutter, isn't it?! )
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