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By ringyneck  
I know I always bemoan my luck with bad conditions and my cheap kit BUT it was really dark yesterday morning. Strangely I think the kit did O.K. to even get anything,....see Exif.
The sky WAS that bland.

Tags: Birds General Kestrel Wildlife and nature

Voters: debu, ugly, STEVELIN and 19 more


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debu 6 India
3 May 2012 12:08PM
A couple of good captures.
debu

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ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 12:11PM
A very nice set of images...
V1 is best by far...
Great work....

Dave
Glyn1 7 4 1 England
3 May 2012 12:33PM
Well captured Keith, never managed to get close enough as yet, but here's hoping.Wink

Glyn
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
3 May 2012 12:34PM
V.1 is superb, Keith, great focusing and presentation. Carol
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 12:35PM
I think v1 is a supwrb image - never mind the bland sky the kestrel is fantastic
Jason
gloccy 5 Scotland
3 May 2012 1:09PM
Well captured. A fine example of how a kestrel can keep its eye on the prey whilst flapping like madSmile

Craig
puertouk 4 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 1:45PM
How did you manage to get a shot like that at 1/80 second @ 200mm? Your shutter speed should have been around 1/300, not 1/80. You would find using a higher shutter speed, the wings would then have been better focused. I take it your camera is a 1.6 crop? Maybe using an ISO of around 400 instead of 100 would have worked better. Hope this helps, but not a bad image.
Stephen
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
3 May 2012 2:58PM
Nice one Keith nothing wrong with the kit

Brian.....................
like bouth v s great capturs Grin
mhfore 9 6 176 England
3 May 2012 4:03PM
Hi Keith,

Another good capture, well done.

Keith there is a little more colour to come out in this image which can be done in a few ways, but the easiest is to use the "Shadows/Highlights" option. If you use PS go to "Image" > "Adjustments" > "Shadows/Highlights" or in Elements "Enhance" > "Adjust Lighting" > "Shadow/Highlights". These slider's do what it say's on the tin so to speak and will bring a little more detail out.

Take care
Martin
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 4:05PM
V1 is excellent. Well captured

Gerry
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 5:50PM
v1 is excellent!
Ann
Martin54 Plus
10 536 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 6:31PM

Quote:Your shutter speed should have been around 1/300, not 1/80. You would find using a higher shutter speed, the wings would then have been better focused.


I think the shutter speed is just right, the blur in the wings shos how still these birds hold their head when they are hovering. I've wanted to take a shot like this myself but never had teh opportunity. Well done!
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 7:39PM
well captured in flight - what do you mean by your cheap kit? you do well in your photographySmile
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 8:03PM
Super shot.
3 May 2012 8:43PM
Fantastic capture!
Beautiful feather detail and the motion blur is great. It gives a excellent effect.
Sam.
ringyneck 9 315 18 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 10:26PM

Quote:How did you manage to get a shot like that at 1/80 second @ 200mm? Your shutter speed should have been around 1/300, not 1/80. You would find using a higher shutter speed, the wings would then have been better focused. I take it your camera is a 1.6 crop? Maybe using an ISO of around 400 instead of 100 would have worked better. Hope this helps, but not a bad image.
Stephen




Thanks Stephen.......
How did you manage to get a shot like that at 1/80 second @ 200mm? ...just pure skill Grin
The exif says 200mm but it should be nearer 400 as I had the lens fully extended .....the electrics are b***ered after it went for a swim last summer.And I cannot focus past a certain distance depending on how far I have it extended...infinity is right out of the window.

Your shutter speed should have been around 1/300, not 1/80. You would find using a higher shutter speed, the wings would then have been better focused.......Yes I know all this but it was almost night (11 a.m. ??) and I am shooting on A.P. so the speed sets itself.

I take it your camera is a 1.6 crop?...No it's 2.

Maybe using an ISO of around 400 instead of 100 would have worked better. .......Stephen I have tried in the past in ideal conditions to use higher iso's but it causes so much noise I get awful stick from people (not so much on epz though)...so I stick with 100 to hopefully maintain any quality I might get.
If I do get noise I run it through NR but I have to do it all over as I don't think the software allows for just doing just a b/g etc.
The only other option would be to get a more modern camera that does the mega iso's.

Hope this helps, but not a bad image......yes thanks for taking the time to help me.

Cheers
Keith
ringyneck 9 315 18 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 10:33PM

Quote:Hi Keith,

Another good capture, well done.

Keith there is a little more colour to come out in this image which can be done in a few ways, but the easiest is to use the "Shadows/Highlights" option. If you use PS go to "Image" > "Adjustments" > "Shadows/Highlights" or in Elements "Enhance" > "Adjust Lighting" > "Shadow/Highlights". These slider's do what it say's on the tin so to speak and will bring a little more detail out.

Take care
Martin




Hi Martin....thanks for the Mod and instructions.....it certainly has made it better.
Sorry but I do not have the Shadows/highlights on P/shop 7.
I did try and get some better detail out of it with levels....contrast...Sats etc but it would not have it and kept reverting to just darker in the breast.

Cheers
Keith
ringyneck 9 315 18 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 10:47PM

Quote:Well captured in flight - what do you mean by your cheap kit? you do well in your photographySmile


Cheers ANN......you know me always putting myself down Sad

CHEAP.....to put in context I am currently organising to hire a lens from Olympus for 3 days and it will cost about the same as my camera did to buy .......mind you it is the top of the range and to buy is over 5500.Lets hope the sun comes out ...he he.

Thanks
Keith Smile
ringyneck 9 315 18 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 10:51PM
Thanks to everyone else for looking and commenting......I think it does work with the blurred wings but also if I had some better luck they might be in focus and it would be O.K. as well.

Keith

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