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Time to Fly sums it up.
Those who know me, know I will always be honest about a photograph, sadly some on here if you say a bad thing take it as bullying and would rather discuss health and social issues than photography, so I feel now is the time to fly to better pastures.
I have learnt a great deal on here in the 6 years I have been uploading and thank all those who are serious about improving and helping others rather than bitching.
I may well pop back every now and again to keep tabs on my good friends and to check my messages.

Cheerio, and thanks to the Ephotozine Team for their help and always being on the fence Wink

Remember to comment on the Photo and not Aunt Adie's poor leg Tongue Yep clipped the wing on this one, I know.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Sigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Mar 2012 - 12:12 PM
Focal Length:800mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Time to Fly
Username:MossyOak MossyOak
Uploaded:11 Mar 2012 - 9:36 AM
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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
11 Mar 2012 - 9:49 AM

For me the clipped wing does not detract from the shot. Love that face and wing movement. Great shot. Moira

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 10:15 AM

All the best for the future, Richard, and keep on taking the piccies Smile Carol

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 10:25 AM

Might catch up again...nice pic, enjoy whatever you do! 😉

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 10:45 AM

what a beautiful face.

this is a very dynamic shot, must have been tricky to focus fast enough Smile
Pity about the wing but that is secondary.

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nikshot
nikshot e2 Member 5nikshot vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 10:53 AM

Great shame, hope to catch up again sometime. Love the face, the wing does not matter.

Nick

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 11:01 AM

Wow. What a super photograph. Personnally I'm not bothered about the clipped wing. I don't think it detracts from this picture one bit.

I'm sorry to learn that your off. I for one shall miss your photographs and comments. I wish you all the best in pastures green and hope you will indeed pop back from time to time.

Very best wishes,

James

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 1:56 PM

Richard, I will really miss you on Ephotozine, I have always found your feedback accurate and with the best intention. I know you have been struggling with some aspects of this site and admire your authenticity to step away.

I will catch up on other sites and probably out in the field, it is a real shame you are leaving but I totally understand

David

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 1:57 PM

oh Richard thats a great shame my friend hope you reconsider ! best of luck stay in touch love the photo too it is always a pleasure to look at your wonderful photos

best wishes my good friend
Steve

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 2:50 PM

Diving through my screen with determination in that face. Superb shot. Will miss you, but one has to do what one has to do. Good Luck Richard...........Sandy

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 4:57 PM

Strangely enuff and after a few heated words on epz between the two of us, I have to admit I will miss your posts and comments but having said that I could not get used to the newer Richard of latter weeks. I am sure I will bump into you somewhere along the line - whatever it is you have decided to do and where you will settle goodness knows but all the best. Methinks you will be back and not just to pick up your messages eitherWink

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
11 Mar 2012 - 5:36 PM

Great shot Richard, all the best for your new ventureSmileSmile
Brian

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 5:54 PM

I am sure we will still meet from time to time Richard. Great shot of the Owl with stunning focus on the eyes and face. Wing clip is of no consequence.
Ron

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 7:12 PM

Superb in-flight capture, Richard - great POV and excellent purposeful expression with direct eye contact. The clipped wing doesn't even come into the equation.

I understand fully where you are coming from (as we have often discussed this) and I admire the fact that you are as up front with your explanation for leaving, as you have always been with your genuine critique of the work of others. I am grateful to EPZ for having given me the opportunity of meeting you and grateful to you for all the generous help you have given me over the past 3 years, with my wildlife photography and also practical help in setting up my feeding station.

Fortunately I don't have to say goodbye to you, as I shall continue to enjoy and look forward to our togging days together, often in the company of other good EPZ friends Smile I shall also continue to enjoy your super work in other sites.

When I joined EPZ 4 years ago it was a serious photographic site, but sadly now seems to be evolving into a social networking site, which isn't what I am looking for either Sad

Sylvia

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 7:27 PM

A really lovely action close up.
Ju

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Geofferz
Geofferz e2 Member 5Geofferz vcard United Kingdom
11 Mar 2012 - 7:50 PM

Richard, although having only met you once, I found you to be very inspiring. Sorry to hear you are leaving Ephotozine. Good luck for the future.
Geoff

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 10:37 PM

Lovely head on image Richard and one that's not easy to achieve.
Sorry to see you've decided to leave the site, you've posted some really good images whilst you've been on here.
I've seen many of your comments and really can't think of one i may have dissagreed with, they were honest and to the point. When i joined the site a little over five years ago it was called constructive criticism and was quite welcome, it was one way we benefitted from other peoples expertise, it helped us to improve.
It seems things have changed and so has the site, it seems more like Facebook at times.
I wish you all the best with your photography.

Graham.

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twelvemegs
12 Mar 2012 - 6:59 PM

Stunning quality action shot Richard.
The clipped wing only adds to the drama
Iíve only just started viewing and commenting on your shots, shame your leaving.

I wish you all the best

David

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85836 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2012 - 7:39 PM

Oh dear!

We will keep in touch, either direct, or via a mutual friendWink

Only met you the once and it was a real pleasureTongue

Life is what you make it Richard, so I cannot argue with your decisionGrin

I'm sure we will meet up, before the year is out - in fact I will make it my business to do soSmile

Adrian

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91885 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2012 - 8:30 PM

Best of luck Richard.
I expect we will cross swords somewhere along the line.Wink

Fully agree - all of those descriptions not related to the image should be in the members Blog. I don't care if Grannies lost her wooden leg or the cats been sick all night or Uncle George is coming to stay but if people want to tell it to the world the Blog is the place for it.
That's it for now my piles are playing up.Grin
Brian.

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2012 - 9:32 PM

Many thanks to those trusty and honest friends with the guts to comment and say their views. To the other 250 odd who looked, well doesn't that just sum it all up.
Have to go now as the kettle is boiling Wink
This made good reading in the Forums

Tata

Last Modified By MossyOak at 12 Mar 2012 - 9:35 PM

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2012 - 9:47 PM

Really sorry i havent been on here much laterly,,sorry to hear you are leaveing, ive not been happy being on this site,maybe my my shots are rubbish, i will miss your brilliant work, good luck .
kev.

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jennialexander
jennialexander e2 Member 945 forum postsjennialexander vcard United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 - 9:23 AM

Richard I am sorry to see you are leaving EPZ. I have enjoyed your images and appreciated your constructive comments. However I will be able to keep an eye on your wonderful work so for me all is not lost. Good Luck & Thank you
jenni

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
13 Mar 2012 - 12:25 PM

Great capture! The expression on the face of the bird is priceless.
#30 and and RC for your departure! Are you sure you cannot stay? You should reconsider.

All the best,
JNC

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 3:04 PM

Dunno what's go on mate, but surely it's worth staying around for the folk who really appreciate your honesty, opinions and photography?

I for one will miss what you do......Good luck......Ade

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 8:35 PM

Just popped back to see your parting shot - bey for now Grin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 1:25 PM

Glad to hear that you have had a change of heart Richard, your work is an inspiration to many on here, myself included. I appreciate your honesty, constructive criticism and valued input that you bring to this site. It makes a refreshing change from some of the banal commments many post on here! This is a terrific head on shot where the bird is homing in on its target

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JoshReptiles
18 Mar 2012 - 1:40 PM

Excellent shot Richard!! Will definitly miss you and your fantastic comments and critiques and best of all shots!!
Wish you all the best in the future!

Josh Smile

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