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Wilmot Plus
7 338 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 5:59PM
Corker!
Steve

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LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 6:06PM
Stunning!
Stunner.

Scott
Superb! As you say, the feathers, but the perfect background to make them stand out as well. Great shot.
11 Mar 2010 6:18PM
A great photograph.

Regards, Iain.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
11 Mar 2010 6:18PM
This is more like it. Cracking bird and so natural ripping at the food. Like the fg and bg blur guiding everything straight to the Merlin
Richard
11 Mar 2010 6:25PM
Stunning shot.
Vanda
iancatch Plus
9 4 45 England
11 Mar 2010 6:31PM
Beautiful dof detail and comp brilliantly set off by the flurry of feathers

Ian
csurry 13 9.2k 92
11 Mar 2010 6:59PM
Thanks all.

Have a few other variations of this one. Including seeing more of the prey, which might be a bit much for some.

Also have a few of the merlin on a different perch, but I can't decide which couple I like best from about 30, so need to revisit thise before I work out which ones to process.
11 Mar 2010 7:12PM
Fantastic!
Great shot!

Jane
11 Mar 2010 7:40PM
Stunning shot
Vince
11 Mar 2010 7:55PM
Great comp and selective focus. Super image.
Peter
User_Removed 12 16 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 7:57PM
like this

di
11 Mar 2010 8:13PM
Fabulous image
11 Mar 2010 10:12PM
Superb shot!
Marc
DerekL 10 155 24 England
11 Mar 2010 10:40PM
Nice sharp detail on the bird and like the floating feathers.
However, the blurring in the image although focuses the eye on the bird, is a little overdone, as the local grass is blurred in the same DOF as the bird, which does not look natural.
12 Mar 2010 7:34AM
Superb Cheryl..... I love these.... fabulous POV and comp

Jon
csurry 13 9.2k 92
12 Mar 2010 8:00AM
Thanks all.

All totally natural Derek, no post processing. The grass takes on more blur because it actually obscures the lens and is well inside the minimum focal distance of the lens, whereas the subject is above this blockage, so will render sharp. It is just with the angle that you can't see the small line of grass that is sharp level with the bird, so a complete optical illusion.

If I post one later with the prey you will see that the prey which is on the same plane, but just slightly above the grass level is also sharp.

Next time we have one of these shots setup I'll do a couple of shots at other apertures and also from an inch or two higher, but you will see that there is a very fine line where the effect works. Not likely to be until the next workshop in May and then depends on the co-operation of the bird.
12 Mar 2010 2:01PM
Wonderful capture.
12 Mar 2010 6:39PM
Cracking image

Roger
CathyI Plus
11 344 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 11:54AM
The flurry of feathers finishes this of beautifully! (Good job I don't stutter, isn't it?! Wink)

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