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5 Sep 2010 9:23PM
Two nice images,but V2 made me laugh Smile Thanks for sharing the moment !!

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moiral 6 12 Scotland
5 Sep 2010 9:25PM
2 lovely captures. V2 made me laugh as at first thought the white thing was a stick. Should have gone to Specsavers Wink Moira
Ray42 8 3 England
5 Sep 2010 9:26PM
Sorry to new viewers I changed the sequence
5 Sep 2010 9:57PM
Great shots. V3 is taking the mickey.
Rob
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2010 10:00PM
ah I was a little confoosed there Ray but V3 as it is now is a good fun shot - good pose in V1 but wonder where you were focused!
Ray42 8 3 England
5 Sep 2010 10:01PM
The fly says so Ann
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
5 Sep 2010 10:02PM
great series, lol on v3 Smile
Dennis
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
5 Sep 2010 10:05PM
Excellent set - love the pose in ver 1.

Ken
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
5 Sep 2010 10:09PM
A nice set. - gary
5 Sep 2010 10:18PM
Two delightful pictures and the third makes a flush, I think.
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
5 Sep 2010 10:38PM
A trio of interesting captures Ray (especially V3 - LOL - my first thought was a white stick as well!) Must point out though that you have a large amount of chromatic aberration - i.e. blue fringeing, where the white plumage meets the black in all three captures. The link I have given explains the problem quite well.
Sylvia
goso 10 2 1 Australia
5 Sep 2010 10:40PM
Top set of this little fella Ray, but #3 shows what he thinks about all this !...Bill
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
5 Sep 2010 10:59PM
Thought he'd grown another leg in V3 - did somebody mention Specsavers! Like V2.
Joan.
LexEquine 10 19 United States
5 Sep 2010 11:24PM
Excellent & wonderful set of captures of the Oystercatcher, Ray, with fine color & clarity. V1 would be choice, today...Peter
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
5 Sep 2010 11:37PM
Great fun viewing this bird of character!! Nice to reach the close of day with a smile on the face!!

Ann
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
6 Sep 2010 6:37AM
Great images, Ray, excellent timing in V.3! Carol
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
6 Sep 2010 7:15AM
good timing in v3.lesley
6 Sep 2010 8:41AM
Nice work
Doc
colin63 8 6 England
6 Sep 2010 9:21AM
Nice shots
Ray

Colin
6 Sep 2010 9:32AM
#1 reminds me of how I felt after my Op and couldn't feel if my leg was still there. Great pose.

I remember going to a talk by Heather Angel when she show a picture of a polar bear breaking wind. I the cold climate it was very obvious. #3 reminded me of that. Great capture
dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 10:06AM
A great capture..I love the soft background of the first version.
Di
6 Sep 2010 10:42AM
Lovely set of captures -

Chris
t_downes 8 279 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 10:51AM
Nice work Ray..

Tony
justin c 13 4.8k 36 England
6 Sep 2010 11:05AM
I'm going to be a little brutal here and go against the grain, but I'm afraid the images are let down by being out of focus and the very obvious cloning in all three images, which is easily spotted by the repeating patterns. Sorry for the negative reply but hopefully you'll appreciate it for it's honesty.
6 Sep 2010 3:25PM
Good work V1 for me well done.
Ray42 8 3 England
6 Sep 2010 6:05PM
I notice that Justin doesnt allow any e-mail messages for people to respond to - perhaps he doesnt take replies!!! But thanks for the critique - all welcome as I still have a awful lot to learn.
- a little oof - possibly but I think personally Sylvia is right with the Chromatic aberration as this is the lens I suspected of having problems and has now just been returned from repair - obvious cloning - not to my knowledge - repeating patterns - still looking but cant see it - there was no need to use cloning - the repeating patterns maybe - its the landscape but since there is nothing in v1 I am at a total loss - perhaps he may condesend in e-mailing me as to where and why constructive critique always welcome - will post when I next use the reapaired lens it should be right since they returned it to Japan for repair
I final note - I notice you dont have any Oyster catchers in your pf!!!
excellent images ray,v3 wow.ray
6 Sep 2010 8:15PM
Three cracking captures, Ray, V3 just cracked me up.
Roy
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
6 Sep 2010 8:26PM
Nicely done Ray. I think perhaps sylvia has hit the right note. Hope your adjusted lens is the real answer.
Ron
6 Sep 2010 8:27PM
Hi Ray, I do agree with Sylvia's comment and also Justin when he says the focusing is soft, have looked quite hard at these and must also agree that there is something not quite right with the BG's. Must admit it does at first sight look as though you have cloned certain area's but I'm wondering if there was any oof tall grass or plant at the bottom of V1 and V2 that could have caused the effect as you say you haven't done any cloning. I really hope your lens problem gets sorted, you must be fed up with having to send it back for repair, I know I would,
Regards,
Geoff.
PS: My Oystercatchers are on page 6 of my PF but nothing special Ray as I had only just got my DSLR.
6 Sep 2010 8:48PM
Hi my mate, 3 great shots, will phone for a chat regards gray.
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 8:49PM
A bird I'm still to get a proper shot of so firstly well done for landing your shots - I found Sylvia's link to the chromatic abberation very interesting and once again has learnt something very usefull and interesting - the "pordon me" in V3 is priceless Wink - Ina
RTDS 8 Cyprus
6 Sep 2010 9:31PM
Excellent set of captures Ray.
Well done.
Robert
Dave_Holdham 8 4 1 Wales
6 Sep 2010 9:40PM
Great colourful set, well captured
Ray42 8 3 England
7 Sep 2010 9:10AM
Thanks Geoff for a constructive critique - believe it or not there was no cloning in any of them V1 is a post situated just along from the reserve centre and a picnic site - the post is about 8 feet tall the other I have looked at the raw image and again - I just cant explain it but there was no cloning albeit I agree it does look like it - I dont tend to clone anyway I normally use the content awar fill as it tends not to do repetative clones - anyway perhaps when I do get to take some shots with it all may be revealed - or perhaps I should just call it a day and take holiday snaps and save the pain in humping the tripod and lens around
Ray42 8 3 England
7 Sep 2010 9:19AM
As a post script with the lens after being away for nearly 12 weeks - the replaced the zoom so I dont know whether or not was intermittent focusing (which they recently revealed on a call back) or the chromatic abberation - a friend of mine who works as a professional photography reckons it was the later after evaluating several raw images sent.
7 Sep 2010 9:37AM
Hi Ray, re the cloning/oof grass, I should have said V2 and V3, sorry that I didn't re check my comment. As for calling it a day and just taking holiday snaps I think you are being very unkind to yourself, some of your recent shots have been way above that standard as you can see by the no of votes they have attracted. Chin up Ray, we all feel like you at some time or other,
Regards,
Geoff.
7 Sep 2010 6:19PM
A super set of shots.
Peter
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
7 Sep 2010 6:19PM
Hi Ray
I wondered whether you (and others) might like to see a bit more about chromatic aberration - last year I had the same problem with my Singing Wren upload and got some great help and tips. It can happen to a greater or lesser degree to all lenses under certain conditions.
With best wishes and don't despair - we all feel like that sometimes Wink
Sylvia
8 Sep 2010 11:55AM
very nice set of images well done
8 Sep 2010 12:10PM
Excellent set all brill spot on.
jj
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 4:08PM

Quote:Thanks Geoff for a constructive critique - believe it or not there was no cloning in any of them V1 is a post situated just along from the reserve centre and a picnic site - the post is about 8 feet tall the other I have looked at the raw image and again - I just cant explain it but there was no cloning albeit I agree it does look like it - I dont tend to clone anyway I normally use the content awar fill as it tends not to do repetative clones - anyway perhaps when I do get to take some shots with it all may be revealed - or perhaps I should just call it a day and take holiday snaps and save the pain in humping the tripod and lens around

No you shouldn't call it a day. It really is worth it. I've just come back after a morning out with my macro and spider webs and many were out of focus and it's happened before even though I manually focused! Just putting it down to experience and I should have used a smaller aperture so as not to cut my DOF down to almost zero. Live a learn. About yours. I think they are a little soft. If the oyster C in V1 was not moving too much it might have been worth manually focusing and risk it flying off. Some long lenses have trouble auto focusing and hunt. Go for the eye as a centre of focus-the head and beak will often follow in focus with enough DOF (f8 and above and up the ISO if necc). Don't give up it is worth it. You have some great shots in your PF. Paul
forestfotos 7 4 3 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2010 8:05PM
A wonderful set of pictures.
xwang 7 56 8
13 Sep 2010 4:54PM
V1 is my favourite, made me Grin, execllent.
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2010 7:45AM
timing spot on with v3 lol

Linda
14 Sep 2010 1:43PM
Well as i said on the phone Ray i had the same problem as you but their not that bad I've seen a lot worse, keep at it mate. Gary
15 Sep 2010 10:45AM
Great series of captures Ray, great colours, super detail.
Jeff
Ridgeway 10 222 2 Ireland
16 Sep 2010 2:10AM
Nice set,,fine detail and colour,

One Leg
Two legs,
and emm has it 3 legs,,lol.

Aidan,,
Ray42 8 3 England
16 Sep 2010 8:55AM
Well spotted Aidan the first one to have noticed that
User_Removed 6 34 4 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2010 8:40AM
Love it!!!Luke
Ridgeway 10 222 2 Ireland
24 Sep 2010 4:02PM
Ah you see I do look closely,,lol.

Aidan,,
tashi 6 2
7 Nov 2010 10:27AM
Well spotted and well captured.

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