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By jonah794  
Hi everyone,

I've just been away for a fabulous few days to Scotland - first photographing the rare Osprey with the famous Cheryl Surry (csurry) for two days. This was taken from the first day - where I was positioned in the better hide.

This was used with CHERYL'S 300mm f2.8 lens, which I'm already looking at to buy for when I am 16.

I've clipped the wings on purpose with this crop - just so that I could get closer to her face. Remember this is a wild Scottish bird. Smile

Thanks Cheryl for a great two days and Keith at the centre for helping us find those ospreys. This is EJ - the famous female.


Tags: Scotland Osprey Rothiemurchus Wildlife and nature Sports and action

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LeeFisher 8 59 8 England
21 Jul 2010 10:26PM
Great shot Jonah, Perfect positioning to capture the bird face on and with fish.

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cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
21 Jul 2010 10:29PM
what an outstanding capture, it must have been a great sight to see as well as capture
21 Jul 2010 10:30PM
Stunning detailed shot well done great job Smile
21 Jul 2010 10:38PM
Amazing shot! Well timed! Well done.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
21 Jul 2010 10:43PM
Great capture Jonah but I think that clipping the wings was a mistake. Does not look right. If you wanted to show the face you should have cropped a great deal closer; notwithstanding that its still an excellent shot and I congratulate you.
woodlark 14 542 1 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2010 10:44PM
Great shot Jonah, patience and timing highly commended.
Rapido57 8 1 England
21 Jul 2010 10:44PM
Great wildlife photograph - well done !

jonah794 8 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2010 10:52PM
Thanks everyone for the comments - Ron thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it but I'm happy the way it is Smile I'll try what you have suggested too and see how it turns out and maybe post it another day.
21 Jul 2010 10:59PM
A super capture well done.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Jul 2010 11:07PM
Superbly well timed shot.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
21 Jul 2010 11:19PM
Well done Jonah,a great exposure you have used,super timing & positioning.
I have to agree with Ron though...about the crop clipping her wings.
rickie 13 98 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 6:44AM
what a catch!
Magpiemick 11 5 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 6:48AM
Must have been a great experience ...............

But agree with Ron & Cheryl about clipping the wings ...
Still a great image for your collection ..

Mick ..
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
22 Jul 2010 7:07AM
Brilliantly timed!
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
22 Jul 2010 7:12AM
Great timing, but then you were there with the BEST teacher! Wink

I think I'd have liked to see all the wings too, but that's just me Smile

F x
22 Jul 2010 8:09AM
Porthos Plus
8 40 1 Northern Ireland
22 Jul 2010 10:06AM
Great capture.....Derek
csurry 16 9.2k 92
22 Jul 2010 10:52AM
Clipped wings don't really work in the composition Jonah, either crop in more tightly or show the full expanse of the bird.

If you did crop in on this shot it would be better to place the bird slightly off centre to the lhs because of the way she is looking.

You still did well to get this at all, but as I said it is still down to presentation. You have to make the best of the shots that you have and if you do decide to crop the decision is not always simple. Think about composition, think about the casual viewer and what they want to see.

As I said I enjoyed meeting you and I know you have some great shots, so just think about the composition, final presentation is everything.
jonah794 8 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 11:04AM
Thanks everyone - Cheryl, I'm uploading this again later on today, having taken on board ALL the advice given Grin

I think if I show all the wings it loses impact and turns it into too much of a panorama - so I think I'm going to crop in close.
i know that for years.... you have been dying to get a shot like this, the holy grail of photography... Wink
ad2009 8 9
22 Jul 2010 8:18PM
good "capture"

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