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Take off

By gjfereday
I'm not sure what birds are Sandpipers?? This is my first effort on any wildlife apart from the children. Took on Redcar beach today in their natural habitat. I snook up on them and snapped them just as they took off. I'm quite pleased with my first wildlife effort but please let me know your thoughts.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: jdinne, MossyOak, M_squared


MossyOak 7 22 15 England
3 Aug 2012 6:26PM
A very good effort for a first attempt of these Turnstones
The main issues to take en board here is the panning which is very good to get the muted background and no distractions but looks as though the focus needed to be better on the birds at 1/500th second. Also the framing leaves the birds leaving the scene and need to be in the right hand third.
Otherwise keep plugging away a good effort

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4 Aug 2012 10:12AM
A great effort. Keep going!
philhomer Plus
9 85 32 England
6 Aug 2012 1:13PM
Gra, i have known you too long to be as 'forgiving' as my esteemed colleagues above.. however i am having a very forgiving day today and shall say nowt Wink

oooh, apart from the fact that if you read that guide is sent you i would not be using shutter priority. next time, higher ISO such as say 640 or 800 as long as you know that your camera will not grain up, then determine your required depth of field and set appropriate aperture (A priority) then simply review shutter speed to ensure that it is appropriate to i) rules of reciprocity ii) your subject

if a little additional speed required then use a little negative exposue compensation which will also reduce the chance of you blowing the white underside (although possibly ok here)
gjfereday 7 46 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 4:17PM
To be honest Phil, I was just walking along the beach, this was quite oportunist so no real thought put into it. I shall try again as soon as I get chance.

Cheers Graham
philhomer Plus
9 85 32 England
7 Aug 2012 8:56AM
see this one for example settings...

although of course mine is a set-up, but hopefully still of use to you

personally i will always bank a shot like this (ie high shutter speed) before attempting any cleverer stuff as it is better to get home with something rather than nothing, when convinced that i have one i will be happy with i then will use a lower shutter and pan the subject so that it remains in focus with some movement in the wings and the backgroud blurs out. - but all is controlled as above, just practice it mate with your sea/shore birds and it i will become intuitive and will then be worth doing something 'proper'

don't forget it's early days yet.
gjfereday 7 46 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 10:17AM
Cheers Phil, the Owl shot is stunning. One day i'll come on a shoot with you. Was interested in the one in Tamworth but unfortunately i've got the kids. i'm off to Chester Zoo next week so hope to get some more practice altho my lens only goes to 250mm and I can't afford another yet. I was thinking of getting the older Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 111. With USM I can get it for 150 without 120 although neither have IS. Any thoughts? or am I better off saving and going for the newer 70-300mm.

Cheers Graham

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