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Beat me to it

By EllieEdge  
A little too late in the evening. I figured out that the seagulls are more interested in the bread if you give them big chunks to fight over, or throw the bread in the air. I feell sorry for the ducks who thinks I let them down Smile

Not so happy about the Sports mode this time, it gave me a shutter speed of 1/200 and f/5.6 ISO 400. I think maybe I should use the Tv instead and select just the centre focus point?
Not so sharp but I like the soft feel. Any comments or cropping or how I can get it better next time? I have made it a bit lighter in Photoshop.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Bird seagull beach

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18 Dec 2007 4:27PM
I love the concept. Some slow sync flash would have really given this a good absract feel with freezing the body but keeping the movement. A great capture.

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SurreyHillsMan 12 27 2 England
18 Dec 2007 4:30PM
That's a nice shot.. especially if you had to throw the bread up yourself! ...
I've got a 400d too and find I use the TV mode to capture the action using 1/640 or higher if possible.. also choosing just the one focus point as you suggest, although it's hard to get the subject in the right spot at the right time, but then that's the fun of it.. If the image appears a little dark, it's amazing what you can lighten in photoshop with keeping the sharpness obtained by the higher shutter speed... but that's just my very humble opinion, I'm very new to this game and I'm sure you'll get some great advice from the folks on here
EllieEdge 12 15 42 Norway
19 Dec 2007 8:10AM
I have to read about the slow sync flash.
And yes I threw the bread up myself Smile
Thank you so much!
CathR 13 151 564 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2007 5:33PM
A good effort and exceptionally difficult if you are throwing the bread up yourself and trying to sort out the camera at the same time. I think what has happened here is that if you have all focus points active the camera has homed in on the nearest point to it ie the breast of the front bird. A 5.6 aperture is too wide to get the back bird in focus as well. If you want both birds in focus a smaller aperture would be better, but then you need better light levels (or an even higher iso). With the one focus point active you can focus and recompose the shot if the composition is not as you would like. And all while trying to throw the bread in the air......

EllieEdge 12 15 42 Norway
20 Dec 2007 9:46AM
Lots of good tips to work on here! Thank you Catherine. I think I will have to bring a live "bread-thrower" next time and maybe start a little earlier in the day. Smile

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