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Coal Tit

By Marian
I took this in a bird hide, but I'm not sure how I managed to catch this Coal Tit with his wings displayed so nicely.

I was using my seperate Canon Flash,(for the first time) on the "P" setting, but because the flash was on it took the image at 1/60 sec, F.5.6. I had the ISO set to 200, and this was the result. I have cropped the image to get rid of a lot of the background.

I would value your opinions about whether or not you like it?

Tags: Bird Wings Bird hide Coal tit Wildlife and nature

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Comments


danbrann 18 640 17
29 Dec 2006 12:57PM
I do like it and you should be very proud of it.
ShaunL 18 1
29 Dec 2006 12:59PM
Great shot. You have got in really close to show the bird off in its full bloomage! My only concern is the shadows going on of the beak etc. in the background? Not sure why they are there?

Otherwise a great shot and I really like it!

Shaun L
Marian 17 62 England
29 Dec 2006 1:10PM
Thanks for you comment Shaun. You are quite right, the beak does merge into the background.

Do you, or anyone think I should alter this using my software?

Marian
Mavis 20 143 2 England
29 Dec 2006 1:11PM
I once took a blue tit with his wings displayed like this . I too used flash . I like it very much. I just wish his beak showed up a wee bit more . xx
gtroop 19 29 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2006 1:32PM
Hi Marian,

Nice effort. The reason the shot looks as it does is because of the combination of the slow shutter speed and the use of flash. Essentially , the flash discharges very quickly giving you the sharp head and wings, but the shutter remains open afterwards resulting in the blur to the head and beak (using the ambient light).

The technique I use for these shots is to use a fast shutter speed( in Manual mode) with the flashes set to hi speed sync. The problem with only one flash would be that the background would be dark. A second flash set as a slave allows you to light the background as well.

Hope this helps.

Geoff
Marian 17 62 England
29 Dec 2006 1:57PM
Thanks for that explaining that Geoff that, it was much appreciated, and has helped me a great deal.
Marian
daffydill56 19 190 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2006 2:46PM
A cracking shot Marian, however you came by it! It is one i would be proud of.

Fran
pcjackso Junior Member 17 7
29 Dec 2006 3:31PM
A lovely capture Marion.
Pauline
29 Dec 2006 3:57PM
Excellent work Marian !!
Bert
thorn 18 124 2 Scotland
29 Dec 2006 5:42PM
Wow!!!Marian,you've really knocked us out with this one,the way the wing is,the detail of it,angle,lighting and timing and movement.Fantstically captured and composed.Take care.AnnSmile
KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2006 8:55PM
wow what a catch Marian
keith
kenp 16 96 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2006 10:34PM
What a wonderful capture Marian!,,the wing spread is perfect and whats more it still looks like a real bird!,,,not like so many other action shots where realism goes out the window. well done that lady ,,,,,,,,Ken
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
29 Dec 2006 11:58PM
Terrific capture, you've timed this one perfectly
VNelson 18 3 United States
30 Dec 2006 7:46PM
The wing display is gorgeous. You might try to use PS to lighten the BG around the head with a fuzzy glow merging to the existing BG colour. I select the area, blotch around with a lighter green scatter brush and then do a Gaussian blur.

Verne
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2277 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2006 9:08PM
Great, Marian, and have an RC on me, to prove how much we all like this. The wing is beautiful. The bg has areas that I, personally, would have worked on.
31 Dec 2006 1:50AM
Looks good Marian, quite impressive as a capture ... very well timed.

Joe
phil_j 16 134 4 England
31 Dec 2006 11:38AM
Fantastic shot Marian.

Happy new year.

Phil_j
Maiwand 16 3 73 England
31 Dec 2006 1:52PM
What a picture.Such timing!Really great.
Ron
Marian 17 62 England
31 Dec 2006 6:15PM
I've really appreciated all the advice you have been giving me on this image, and I shall be going back to my original (before I cropped it) and doing some work on it.
Marian
MikeRC 17 3.6k United Kingdom
31 Dec 2006 8:24PM
Excellent shot Marian.
Happy New Year and thanks for your support...Mike
1 Jan 2007 12:31PM
That is a simply stunning capture.
Happy New Year.

Joe
2 Jan 2007 3:07PM
Brilliant shot, stunning wing display and you have composed it so well.
Val
NevP 17 853 13 Canada
2 Jan 2007 3:48PM
Lovely timing to capture this wing so well.
Paul_cats 17 61 22 Scotland
2 Jan 2007 6:46PM
Super capture Marian. Great shot to end the year with. Heres thanking you for your support in 2006 and wishing you all the best for 2007.
Paul
Pegon 17 78 1 England
4 Jan 2007 9:31PM
Well caught Marian, great timing.
Pete.
angelamary 17 6 England
8 Jan 2007 12:24PM
Good catch! Lovely shot!

Could be because of the flash you were able to catch this... Geoff (my Geoff(Richard)) has been telling me to use the flash on action shots, even if it doesn't need the light as it... (and I lost him there... something to do with shutter speeds and light and... something...)Smile
Hawkgenes 18 10 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2007 7:41PM
How many times do you see a shot like this. I think you did very well to keep the wings so sharp.

Hawk
Libby_M 16 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 4:55PM
the wings are brill you ither just in right place at right time or you waited ages well done nice shot

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