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Red Kite

By AndrewCee
This shot was taken on a Nikon training day learning to photograph birds in flight with expert tuition from Chris Gomersall.

I enjoy trying what I describe as 'technically challenging' photography - using a 600mm f4, capturing a fast moving target, and on a dull day. The bird was in the bottom left corner of the full frame so cropped to suit - the advice being to clip at the wing joints. This was one of several taken on the day...

Tags: Flight Birds Red kite Wildlife and nature

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debu 7 India
7 Jan 2013 12:38AM
Superb in flight captured.

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banehawi Plus
12 1.6k 3655 Canada
7 Jan 2013 1:49PM
This is a very good shot Andrew; sharp, well exposed, great head detail.

Not a lot to suggest to improve it, - just toned down highlights a little in the mods. Not blown, but you get a little more detail when highlights are toned down a little.

You mentioned clipping (cropping?) at the wing joint, - I know nothing about bird photography so I assume this is correct, and notice you didnt crop according to this advice? So mod2 is a square crop that has this done just for comparison.


paulbroad 9 123 1149 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 7:54AM
I like this in most respects. I would darken a tiny bit and clone out the white blobs in the grass. Bait?

AndrewCee 4 2 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 5:00PM
Thanks folks re comments on toning down and detail. I've uploaded a bit a variation on the theme...

And yes, bait. This shot was taken at a farm in Wales well known for 'feeding' the Kites every day. Whether or not one agrees with the practice, they have seen Kite numbers grow from a number of pairs to several hundred.


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