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Merlin and Prey

By csurry  
An illustration of a fractionally (and I mean fractionally) higher viewpoint.

There was a comment on the previous upload from this series that the effect was overdone as too much grass was blurred and therefore did not look natural. Well there was no effect, it was natural and this image addresses the key concern of the poster.

As I explained on that image grass on the same plane as the bird is sharp, it was just obscured by the grass in front, so completely an optical illusion.

Anyway this and the variant show that at the same aperture, a slightly higher viewpoint exposes a fraction of the grass in focus.

Tags: Prey Feathers Merlin Pets and captive animals Mush Falco columbarius

Voters: andylea, LeeFisher, clive burrow and 71 more

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
15 Mar 2010 8:29PM
V2 for me.

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Shroomer 11 14 167 England
15 Mar 2010 8:36PM
A great study Cheryl and a superb way of hiding jessies. This looks so natural and wild just superb. Love the detail and feel of solitude with just bird and prey
15 Mar 2010 8:37PM
Love the low view point.
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 8:37PM
two great shots, V2 for me. however both fantastic x x
Pelican_Art 8 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 8:40PM
I'm not a bird lover but really like the dpeth of field in this. V2 for me also but both are good.
OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 8:41PM
2 Fabulous captures, stunning colour and detail.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
15 Mar 2010 8:45PM
That'll teach me, originally I was going to load v2 first. Maybe it will have to have a separate upload later.

Indeed a good way to hide jesses, and hence why often employed.

I liked v1 because of the beak being open, but what do I know Smile
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
15 Mar 2010 8:58PM
Love V1- the blurred f/g & b/g project the Merlin beautifully.
V2 the Merlin looks a little over saturated to me.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
15 Mar 2010 9:04PM

Quote:Love V1- the blurred f/g & b/g project the Merlin beautifully.
V2 the Merlin looks a little over saturated to me.

Think it is actually a touch underexposed due the meter being fooled by the prey being within the matix area. I'll adjust it before uploading it by itself. Really weird as both files have had the same processing applied, so don't think it can be anything else. No extra saturation applied over v1. To be honest, I thought it looked a bit dark, but thought it was just me being picky, so nice to know someone else thought it.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
15 Mar 2010 9:04PM
Thanks for the UA AZZA_AJD Grin

Most appreciated.
RTR 9 8 8 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:08PM
Love this effect, Rich.
miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:10PM
Both excellent shots, and a good example of proper camera technique, especially using a long lens. V1 for me.
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
15 Mar 2010 9:16PM
[edit: beaten to it!!]

Lovely sequence, Cheryl Smile

Cheers, Goggz
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:24PM
Two superb images with superb detail colours and lighting great use of DOF top class images
oldbiddy 12 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:31PM
Brilliant shot/s

Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
15 Mar 2010 9:38PM
Just superb photography. The clarity of the merlin is magnificent. Oh, to have the opportunity, let alone a photo of this quality.
Top work.

TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 10:19PM
Excellent shot, well caught.
15 Mar 2010 10:49PM
Another pair of stunner's.
JOKEN 9 3 10 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 10:56PM
V1 for me. The crispness of focus is excellent and I think the out of focus areas greatly add to the impact of the image on the viewer.
9 10 10 England
16 Mar 2010 8:31AM
Full of admiration for your work.
fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
16 Mar 2010 3:11PM
Amazing large.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
16 Mar 2010 3:42PM
I see we agree on the saturation of V2 Smile - looking again it is a far weaker pose from the Merlin too.
Congrats on the EC for V1 - such fabulous image.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
16 Mar 2010 6:33PM
Thanks all.

Thanks Pete, cheque is in the post!
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 9:15PM
2 fabulous images Cheryl, each one deserves the EC IMO
18 Mar 2010 5:16PM
These are amazing shots, Super super good cherly, love the contrast!! PERFECT!!


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