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An illustration of a fractionally (and I mean fractionally) higher viewpoint.

There was a comment on the previous upload from this series that the effect was overdone as too much grass was blurred and therefore did not look natural. Well there was no effect, it was natural and this image addresses the key concern of the poster.

As I explained on that image grass on the same plane as the bird is sharp, it was just obscured by the grass in front, so completely an optical illusion.

Anyway this and the variant show that at the same aperture, a slightly higher viewpoint exposes a fraction of the grass in focus.

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:500mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Merlin and Prey
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:15 Mar 2010 - 8:24 PM
Tags:Falco columbarius, Feathers, Merlin, Mush, Pets / captive animals, Prey
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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 8:29 PM

V2 for me.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 8:36 PM

A great study Cheryl and a superb way of hiding jessies. This looks so natural and wild just superb. Love the detail and feel of solitude with just bird and prey
Richard

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FrankMA
FrankMA  4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 8:37 PM

Love the low view point.

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lianna
lianna  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 8:37 PM

two great shots, V2 for me. however both fantastic x x

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Pelican_Art
15 Mar 2010 - 8:40 PM

I'm not a bird lover but really like the dpeth of field in this. V2 for me also but both are good.
Lissa

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 8:41 PM

2 Fabulous captures, stunning colour and detail.
Shaun

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 8:45 PM

That'll teach me, originally I was going to load v2 first. Maybe it will have to have a separate upload later.

Indeed a good way to hide jesses, and hence why often employed.

I liked v1 because of the beak being open, but what do I know Smile

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 8:58 PM

Love V1- the blurred f/g & b/g project the Merlin beautifully.
V2 the Merlin looks a little over saturated to me.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:04 PM


Quote: Love V1- the blurred f/g & b/g project the Merlin beautifully.
V2 the Merlin looks a little over saturated to me.

Think it is actually a touch underexposed due the meter being fooled by the prey being within the matix area. I'll adjust it before uploading it by itself. Really weird as both files have had the same processing applied, so don't think it can be anything else. No extra saturation applied over v1. To be honest, I thought it looked a bit dark, but thought it was just me being picky, so nice to know someone else thought it.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:04 PM

Thanks for the UA AZZA_AJD Grin

Most appreciated.

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RTR
RTR  5 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:08 PM

Love this effect, Rich.

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miptog
miptog  93532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:10 PM

Both excellent shots, and a good example of proper camera technique, especially using a long lens. V1 for me.

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:16 PM

[edit: beaten to it!!]

Lovely sequence, Cheryl Smile

Cheers, Goggz

Last Modified By Goggz at 15 Mar 2010 - 9:18 PM

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:24 PM

Two superb images with superb detail colours and lighting great use of DOF top class images
Alexa

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oldbiddy  8 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 9:31 PM

Brilliant shot/s

Biddy

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Morgs
Morgs  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:38 PM

Just superb photography. The clarity of the merlin is magnificent. Oh, to have the opportunity, let alone a photo of this quality.
Top work.

Dave

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 6TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 10:19 PM

Excellent shot, well caught.
Tony

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 10:49 PM

Another pair of stunner's.
Steve.

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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 10:56 PM

V1 for me. The crispness of focus is excellent and I think the out of focus areas greatly add to the impact of the image on the viewer.
Ken

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 8:31 AM

Full of admiration for your work.
Joan.

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fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 3:11 PM

Amazing large.
Fraser

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 3:42 PM

I see we agree on the saturation of V2 Smile - looking again it is a far weaker pose from the Merlin too.
Congrats on the EC for V1 - such fabulous image.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 6:33 PM

Thanks all.

Thanks Pete, cheque is in the post!

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 9:15 PM

2 fabulous images Cheryl, each one deserves the EC IMO
Steve

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motorsportpictures

These are amazing shots, Super super good cherly, love the contrast!! PERFECT!!

Scott

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