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18 May 2010 2:02PM
Quite stunning viewed big.
Great capture.
Jerry

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Lovely shot, super composition.
dathersmith 8 550 12 England
18 May 2010 2:08PM
Simply sublime Smile Love the low viewpoint and oof foreground framing the Merlin.

Darren.
franken Plus
13 3.8k 4 Wales
18 May 2010 2:15PM
Superb!

Ken
W1ldside 5 29 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 2:23PM
This is crackin stuff!
Fantastic capture and admire the way it has been processed with selective DOF that engulfs the bird giving a sense of seclusion and space
Rick
Jalapeno 5 127 2 Iceland
18 May 2010 2:31PM
nice capture!!
sut68 12 2.0k 76 England
18 May 2010 2:34PM
Damn, no down vote??? Sad Wink Tongue

Seriously though, this is quality stuff as ever Cheryl ... though that is a big lens to be using on tip-toes Wink
FredF 9 1 France
18 May 2010 3:32PM
Fantastic.

Fred
Angi_Wallace 7 172 10 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 3:37PM
How on earth could you improve on it Cheryl? I must be missing something here, to me its perfect and that is an honest comment not bum-licking, lol.
Angi
Gaucho Plus
14 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 5:00PM
I just love the way the russet surroundings echo the wee merlin's nape. Gorgeous.

Malcolm
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
18 May 2010 5:11PM
Go green.........I did Wink
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 5:50PM
beautiful image absolutely full of class congrats one to be very proud of
Alexa
paulrosser 6 22 Wales
18 May 2010 5:57PM
Very nice 'mushy' image Cheryl!
Paul.
18 May 2010 6:39PM
Super DOF. great atmostphere created. Sylvia
csurry 13 9.2k 92
18 May 2010 6:46PM
Thanks all.

You can always improve on a shot Angi. For this one I think next time I would use f/5 rather than f/4, but it's minor. I'd also remember to take my angle finder Wink

Not sure what the statement about processed with DOF is trying to say, but for clarity all done in camera with a wide open lens and heather too close to the lens for it to focus throws the foreground out.
jonah794 6 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 6:48PM
Impossible to improve Cheryl! Grin Fantastic.
Jonah
jonah794 6 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 7:16PM
Thought you'd get an EC - well done!
proberts Plus
11 218 4 Wales
18 May 2010 7:21PM
Excellent Cheryl. Fabulous f/ground in this and perfect on the head. Congrats.

Andrew.
18 May 2010 7:41PM
1st Class Cheryl,well deserved EC !!
andymark 5 1 England
18 May 2010 7:44PM
just wow
Mynett 7 142 6 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 7:45PM
I love the way you get the fg so misty and soft with the bird sharp as a pin

Linda
csurry 13 9.2k 92
18 May 2010 7:48PM
Thanks all.

Thanks Pete.

As anyone that knows me will realise it won't stop me trying to get this style of shot even better this weekend. Maybe a merlin, maybe the hobby, or hopefully the SEO with eyes to bring the shot to life.
Oliverpants 6 2 2 England
18 May 2010 8:08PM
If I ever manage to get a shot as beautiful and pin sharp as this I will be very happy - hats off to you. Ann
18 May 2010 8:46PM
Great Image (No. 50) Well done
EMJAYCEE Plus
6 9 10 England
18 May 2010 9:11PM
Superbly splended - Top work.
Joan.
Greyheron Plus
13 280 7 England
18 May 2010 9:17PM
Keep trying Cheryl Wink

Superb viewing...always a pleasure dropping into your PF Smile

Regards,
Mike
Angi_Wallace 7 172 10 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 10:09PM

Quote:Thanks all.

You can always improve on a shot Angi. For this one I think next time I would use f/5 rather than f/4, but it's minor. I'd also remember to take my angle finder Wink

Not sure what the statement about processed with DOF is trying to say, but for clarity all done in camera with a wide open lens and heather too close to the lens for it to focus throws the foreground out.


Ah, I see, I suppose I'm the same with my frog images Wink, there is always something I feel I can do better.
I'm not sure that F5 would really make much difference as there is such good clarity on the bird, to me anyway, would it not bring out more detail in the plants close to the bird though, possibly distracting from it slightly? I look forward to seeing the images you get this week. Shame you are not going to the Barn owl centre next week.
csurry 13 9.2k 92
18 May 2010 10:13PM
Possibly it would Angi, but I think the difference is likely to be very small and not enough to bring anything more than just a fraction more of the bird in to focus. I just need to remember to experiment more when doing these. There is a very fine line between what works and what doesn't in these. I would like to get a good one with the SEO though, if he'll sit up and not slump over like the last time we tried Smile
18 May 2010 10:39PM
First Class!
vickyf Plus
10 8 8 United Kingdom
19 May 2010 4:31PM
Beautiful. I think the chosen aperture is perfect for this shot.
csurry 13 9.2k 92
19 May 2010 7:59PM
Thanks all.

No more uploads this week, have too much to do. Presentations to write for the weekend on falconry photography, article for Nik for photo month, stuff for my website, etc., etc.

So it's been a bit of a post and run week, apologies.
susanbarton 7 11 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2010 5:09PM
A stunning image super detailed image with beautiful blurred surround

Susan
Phil32 6 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2010 10:32PM
Fantastic image. Really creative pov, captured it very well - so isolated from its environment yet you still get a sense of moorland type/heather habitat. Would like to try this myself.
Phil
Emmog 7 38 1 England
3 Aug 2010 3:17PM
Superb. Great low angle and differential focus
Matt

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