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Wild Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

By teocali
V1 is a very cropped in capture of a wild Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and obviously the quality has degraded considerably because of this. V2 is the full frame capture.
I stacked the 500mm with 2x and 1.4x converters which, with the crop factor of 1.6 brought the range to 2240mm. F/11 1/800sec ISO320 manual focussing, tripod. I would guess the bird was around 400m or so away in the distance, barely visible to the naked eye.
The cropped in image has been tweaked in levels/highlights/shadows - the catchlight in the eye is natural and not added.

Falco Peregrinus translated means Pilgrim Falcon

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last Robin upload - very much appreciated as always

Tags: Wildlife Prey General Wild Falcon Bird Peregrine Falco Pilgrim Wildlife and nature Peregrinus

Comments


7 Apr 2010 6:45PM
Great capture well done.

Keith.

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Steve_S Plus
13 181 3 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 7:08PM
I think as a record shot it is OK Sylvia but I wouldn't advocate stacking convertors for a 'serious' image. Considering the distance and the cropping you still had to do its not bad at all though. Smile
Steve
arhb Plus
12 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 7:21PM
Very good record shot I say, well done Sylvia.
With my eyesight, I wouldn't have seen it in the 1st place lol
Vince_S 9 10 England
7 Apr 2010 7:59PM
That's some stacking! - but the crop is a nice shot of the bird.
Vince
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 8:00PM
I would never have thought to stack the tc's but this has come out well considering the size of crop and distance he was from you
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 8:03PM
Well, a good attempt,but as I think you are well aware, not sharp enough for competitive work. However, a more than adequate record of a fine bird.



Paul
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 8:10PM
well worth the effort though Smile

I have seen worse from submiited images Wink

Adrian
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
7 Apr 2010 8:34PM
Great effort Sylvia. It is one heck of a crop and the stacking of converters is a big challenge. Taking that into account you have managed to hold a good detail. What are the chances of getting nearer as that would make a world of difference ??
Ron
SurreyHillsMan 11 27 2 England
7 Apr 2010 10:27PM
Nice record shot Sylvia... very James Bond approach Smile

Jon
DRicherby 10 269 726 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 1:02AM
Excellent composition. Sharpness is lacking but not terrible and probably as good as you'll get with a heavy crop and stacked teleconverters. At the end of the day, if you couldn't get any nearer, the choice was between this shot and no shot at all and that's a no-brainer.
CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
8 Apr 2010 6:04AM
Very well spotted and captured, Sylvia, I wouldn't even have seen it with my eyesight! Carol
Ray42 11 3 England
8 Apr 2010 8:11AM
What a capture Sylvia - done well considering the distance
8 Apr 2010 9:48AM
Excellent Sylvia and incredibly well spotted !!
Brian_Scott 10 42 27 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 11:00AM

Quote:Excellent composition. Sharpness is lacking but not terrible and probably as good as you'll get with a heavy crop and stacked teleconverters. At the end of the day, if you couldn't get any nearer, the choice was between this shot and no shot at all and that's a no-brainer.


I agree totally with that Sylvia
Shroomer 12 14 167 England
8 Apr 2010 1:23PM
Taking into account you have to be a distance from these or face a hefty fine without a class 1 licence Sylvia the system of stacking worked well. I can honestly say that this is a great effort for a record shot and better than a lo of crap we see on here from 20 feet. And they get 100 clickety clicks
great use of a mid aperture and utilising the same principles as lunar shots. Well done indeed, I like it
Richard
DRicherby 10 269 726 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 3:57PM
MossyOak wrote:

Quote:... utilising the same principles as lunar shots...

Specifically, the principle of building an enormous stack of white things and using it to see something very far away. I imagine the lens, lens hood and teleconverters did look rather like a Saturn V moon rocket. Grin

*hums Also Sprach Zarathustra*
FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
8 Apr 2010 10:36PM
Considering the circumstances it's very good Sylvia, a great record shot,
Geoff.
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 1:12PM
Sylvia, considering all the comments on 'stacking' of which I confess I know absolutely nothing!! and the comments you have had on this image and the cropped V1...I can only say please be very proud of this, such a beautifully captured and cropped image,
perfect, and the eye is watching you and your every move.
Lillian
harrattp 12 11 4 England
11 Apr 2010 3:11PM
Well worth the appreciation for these images.

Paul

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