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Hi everyone,

I've just been away for a fabulous few days to Scotland - first photographing the rare Osprey with the famous Cheryl Surry (csurry) for two days. This was taken from the first day - where I was positioned in the better hide.

This was used with CHERYL'S 300mm f2.8 lens, which I'm already looking at to buy for when I am 16.

I've clipped the wings on purpose with this crop - just so that I could get closer to her face. Remember this is a wild Scottish bird. Smile

Thanks Cheryl for a great two days and Keith at the centre for helping us find those ospreys. This is EJ - the famous female.

Jonah

Camera:Nikon D300s + MB-D10 grip Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:CHERYL'S 300mm f2.8 Nikon
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Catch
Username:jonah794 jonah794
Uploaded:21 Jul 2010 - 10:23 PM
Tags:Osprey, Rothiemurchus, Scotland, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 10:26 PM

Great shot Jonah, Perfect positioning to capture the bird face on and with fish.

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9885 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 10:29 PM

what an outstanding capture, it must have been a great sight to see as well as capture
Neil

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HarveySquires
21 Jul 2010 - 10:30 PM

Stunning detailed shot well done great job Smile

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coombs311
coombs311  4 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2010 - 10:38 PM

Amazing shot! Well timed! Well done.

Sam

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 10:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great capture Jonah but I think that clipping the wings was a mistake. Does not look right. If you wanted to show the face you should have cropped a great deal closer; notwithstanding that its still an excellent shot and I congratulate you.
Ron

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woodlark
woodlark e2 Member 10538 forum postswoodlark vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 10:44 PM

Great shot Jonah, patience and timing highly commended.

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Rapido57
Rapido57  4 England
21 Jul 2010 - 10:44 PM

Great wildlife photograph - well done !

Paul

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jonah794
jonah794  51723 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 10:52 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments - Ron thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it but I'm happy the way it is Smile I'll try what you have suggested too and see how it turns out and maybe post it another day.

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Kingfisher8
21 Jul 2010 - 10:59 PM

A super capture well done.

Keith.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 11:07 PM

Superbly well timed shot.
Ronnie.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 11:19 PM

Well done Jonah,a great exposure you have used,super timing & positioning.
I have to agree with Ron though...about the crop clipping her wings.

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rickie
rickie  1098 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 6:44 AM

what a catch!

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Magpiemick
22 Jul 2010 - 6:48 AM

Must have been a great experience ...............

But agree with Ron & Cheryl about clipping the wings ...
Still a great image for your collection ..

Mick ..

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 7:07 AM

Brilliantly timed!

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 7:12 AM

Great timing, but then you were there with the BEST teacher! Wink

I think I'd have liked to see all the wings too, but that's just me Smile

F x

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Tracy_Young
22 Jul 2010 - 8:09 AM

outstanding

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Porthos
Porthos  4 Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 10:06 AM

Great capture.....Derek

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 10:52 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Clipped wings don't really work in the composition Jonah, either crop in more tightly or show the full expanse of the bird.

If you did crop in on this shot it would be better to place the bird slightly off centre to the lhs because of the way she is looking.

You still did well to get this at all, but as I said it is still down to presentation. You have to make the best of the shots that you have and if you do decide to crop the decision is not always simple. Think about composition, think about the casual viewer and what they want to see.

As I said I enjoyed meeting you and I know you have some great shots, so just think about the composition, final presentation is everything.
Cheryl

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jonah794
jonah794  51723 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 11:04 AM

Thanks everyone - Cheryl, I'm uploading this again later on today, having taken on board ALL the advice given Grin

I think if I show all the wings it loses impact and turns it into too much of a panorama - so I think I'm going to crop in close.

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TheMightyCannon
22 Jul 2010 - 12:44 PM

i know that for years.... you have been dying to get a shot like this, the holy grail of photography... Wink

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ad2009
ad2009  4
22 Jul 2010 - 8:18 PM

good "capture"

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