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Change of subject matter today and I hope it doesn't upset anyone.
This is a wild bird although the pigeon was put out to attract it to feed near the hide. Light was very poor so I have had to push the ISO on this but still quite pleased with the results.

Thanks for looking
Jason

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:120.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2013 - 3:11 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:2000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Buzzard with Wood Pigeon
Username:jasonrwl jasonrwl
Uploaded:10 Dec 2013 - 7:19 PM
Tags:Bird, Bird of prey, Buzzard, Wildlife / nature
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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101464 forum postsdark_lord vcard England125 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2013 - 8:52 PM

Great capture, and nothing a wildlife film maker or pro photographer wouldn't do.
Shouldn't have any problem with pushing the ISO on that camera Wink

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2013 - 9:12 PM

A terrific shot, Jason. High ISO is not to be afraid of anymore, that's what this great image shows.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2013 - 10:51 PM

A very dramatic image-- Good setting choices!

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grinningsoul2011
grinningsoul2011 e2 Member 3grinningsoul2011 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2013 - 10:52 PM

Fantastic image Smileand you were honest how it was captured unlike some of the more well known Professionals!!

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2013 - 11:02 PM

An excellent capture oc bird behaviour.
KateGrinGrin

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2013 - 6:27 AM

i like your shot, but you have not done a very good job of blurring the background !

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2013 - 11:23 AM

Thats life... great shot Jason.

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1685 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom75 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2013 - 1:48 PM

Excellent Natural History shot, Jason gives a real sense of the physical power and prowess of this magnificent raptor. The great advantages of high ISO performance of the FX sensor on your 800, effectively no noise in the out of focus background, impressive; pixel size / density really does matter!
Nigel

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AlexAppleby
11 Dec 2013 - 5:05 PM

Quite pleased?!! I'd be jumping about the place. It's fantastic, very well done indeed. Very exciting stuff!

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1685 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom75 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2013 - 5:54 PM

I have come back to give my UA to this one today Jason, really excellent image. It has not done as well as it should in my opinion, I think it is probably down to the fact that a proportion of people don't like to see nature in full graphic action like this, rather than the quality of your image. I also don't feel the background is that distracting either, it looks perfectly natural to me with just the DOF at f8 rendering it so rather than blurring in processing. I think that natural history shots like this should be kept as unaltered as possible in processing other than obviously necessary adjustments like sharpening and exposure adjustments. Your selection of f8 is good in my opinion, it has rendered the bird and prey sharp front to back whereas f5.6 may not have done. I think that more important here than rendering the background more out of focus as f5.6 would have done. The other impressive thing with this shot is that it is a wild bird which, even with the assistance of bait and a hide, is always going to be more difficult to get a good image than of a captive specimen.

Nigel

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2013 - 6:59 PM

nigel look around the edges of the bird and the stump and you can see the artefacts of the bad blurring . should have put up the original . maybe the image hasn't done as well because other people can see what you have missed . come on jason tell what you have done .

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 432 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2013 - 7:17 PM

Yes Colin I applied a blur to the b/g and probably didn't do it very well - I don't profess to be an expert with PS. So what? Why does it bother you so much? I love getting critique so long as it is constructive - yours wasn't.
Jason

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2013 - 8:31 PM

i bet you will do a better job next time though , so good then !

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