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Buzzard with Wood Pigeon

By jasonrwl
Change of subject matter today and I hope it doesn't upset anyone.
This is a wild bird although the pigeon was put out to attract it to feed near the hide. Light was very poor so I have had to push the ISO on this but still quite pleased with the results.

Thanks for looking

Tags: Buzzard Bird Bird of prey Wildlife and nature

Voters: AlwaysAl, zapar40, Mike_Young and 21 more

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dark_lord Plus
13 2.1k 520 England
10 Dec 2013 8:52PM
Great capture, and nothing a wildlife film maker or pro photographer wouldn't do.
Shouldn't have any problem with pushing the ISO on that camera Wink

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
10 Dec 2013 9:12PM
A terrific shot, Jason. High ISO is not to be afraid of anymore, that's what this great image shows.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
10 Dec 2013 10:51PM
A very dramatic image-- Good setting choices!
10 Dec 2013 10:52PM
Fantastic image Smileand you were honest how it was captured unlike some of the more well known Professionals!!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 112 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2013 11:02PM
An excellent capture oc bird behaviour.
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
11 Dec 2013 6:27AM
i like your shot, but you have not done a very good job of blurring the background !
marktc Plus
7 99 15 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2013 11:23AM
Thats life... great shot Jason.
Nigeve1 Plus
4 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2013 1:48PM
Excellent Natural History shot, Jason gives a real sense of the physical power and prowess of this magnificent raptor. The great advantages of high ISO performance of the FX sensor on your 800, effectively no noise in the out of focus background, impressive; pixel size / density really does matter!
11 Dec 2013 5:05PM
Quite pleased?!! I'd be jumping about the place. It's fantastic, very well done indeed. Very exciting stuff!
Nigeve1 Plus
4 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2013 5:54PM
I have come back to give my UA to this one today Jason, really excellent image. It has not done as well as it should in my opinion, I think it is probably down to the fact that a proportion of people don't like to see nature in full graphic action like this, rather than the quality of your image. I also don't feel the background is that distracting either, it looks perfectly natural to me with just the DOF at f8 rendering it so rather than blurring in processing. I think that natural history shots like this should be kept as unaltered as possible in processing other than obviously necessary adjustments like sharpening and exposure adjustments. Your selection of f8 is good in my opinion, it has rendered the bird and prey sharp front to back whereas f5.6 may not have done. I think that more important here than rendering the background more out of focus as f5.6 would have done. The other impressive thing with this shot is that it is a wild bird which, even with the assistance of bait and a hide, is always going to be more difficult to get a good image than of a captive specimen.

colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
11 Dec 2013 6:59PM
nigel look around the edges of the bird and the stump and you can see the artefacts of the bad blurring . should have put up the original . maybe the image hasn't done as well because other people can see what you have missed . come on jason tell what you have done .
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2013 7:17PM
Yes Colin I applied a blur to the b/g and probably didn't do it very well - I don't profess to be an expert with PS. So what? Why does it bother you so much? I love getting critique so long as it is constructive - yours wasn't.
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
11 Dec 2013 8:31PM
i bet you will do a better job next time though , so good then !

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