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By accipiter  
Many thanks for the CC's on the transparent fly. Sorry I have not been around to look at all your pics but will catch up soon.
I have taken a few shots but have had no time to process so I am uploading some from a little while back.
I am very fond of images of birds in flight. I used to make a comfortable living painting wildlife at one time and specialized in raptors. I did do several pictures of waterfowl in flight and they sold well. I had an ongoing argument with my artistic friends who did superb paintings of birds up close. I felt that we don't really 'see' birds that way - they are nearly always small and in big surroundings. They are part of a 'skyscape' on many occasions and I have tried to show that here.
V1 ( Four Wigeon) are wigeon against a sky you have seen before.
V2 (Dropping In) are Mallard - any one who has watched waterfowl will recognize the cupped wings and body of mallards dropping fast toward water.
V3 (Gadwall sky) are a pair of Gadwall against an evening sky on the Somerset levels. These are uncommon and rather elegant, slim duck and the pairs fly circuits frequently over their chosen haunts in the breeding season.
I hope you like them. A

Tags: Wildlife and nature Ducks Wigeon Mallard Gadwall Sky Flight Digital manipulation

Voters: pronabk, CarolG, Daisymaye and 70 more

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CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
1 Jul 2011 1:45PM
Three superb in flight captures. Carol
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
1 Jul 2011 1:47PM
These are all excellent Arthur. Can't decide cause all so beautiful............Sandy
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
1 Jul 2011 1:51PM
All 3 images are worthy of their own uploads......Quality work.

EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
1 Jul 2011 2:06PM
Have to agree that these really should have been on their own rather than a set as they are all so beautiful. As it is, a superb set with such blissful lighting and amazing details which only your skills and great timing could have produced.

Shellio 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 2:07PM
An outstanding set of work, very well captured taking the viewer on a journey.
andylea 14 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 2:11PM
three belters cracking colour and tones v3 for me today brilliant work have a great weekend Wink
1 Jul 2011 2:38PM
Three absolute stunners, very pleasing on the eye.

Alandyv8 11 2 1
1 Jul 2011 2:39PM
Beautiful, can't decide between V1 & V3 tbh

franken Plus
20 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 2:53PM
Incredible set!!

taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
1 Jul 2011 3:40PM
my preference is for v3, but all a splendid-- a sky to die for in v1!

1 Jul 2011 4:06PM
Three wonderful captures A - They all deserve a vote, well done indeed !

RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
1 Jul 2011 4:12PM
3 very effective and cleverly compiled images, Arthur: I am assuming from what you say that these are compilations, so I hope in stating that I am not causing any offence.
My immediate reaction to V 1 was to remember Peter Scott's paintings from the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust.
Niknut Plus
12 3.4k 82 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 4:52PM
Beautiful & brilliant !!!!!!!
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
1 Jul 2011 6:06PM
Great images

evelen 17 5 England
1 Jul 2011 6:07PM
three wondeful captures.
susanbarton 14 11 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 6:09PM
Three beautiful shots combining birds in flight and sunset so lovely

helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 7:15PM
v3 for me Arthur, but all delightful
norton 18 2 6 Jersey
1 Jul 2011 7:17PM
Three great images, V3 is my fav, well captured all......................

pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2274 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 7:29PM
These are all brilliant, Arthur, and I think I am going for V1 as my favourite, wonderful colours in the sky, excellent pattern of the birds in flight.
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
1 Jul 2011 7:30PM
These are stunning Arthur. Beautiful shots all of them.
kinfatric 18 550 9 Scotland
1 Jul 2011 7:32PM
I like them all, thanks for your comment on mine regarding composition. Interesting dialogue accompanying your upload.
acousticmist 12 10 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 7:34PM
Three superb images.................Martin
moiral 12 12 Scotland
1 Jul 2011 7:55PM
A wonderful set of shot with V3 being my favourite tonight. Great sky and reflections there. I too, love birds in flight shots, expecially raptors. Moira
Carrie_1 12 2 6 Wales
1 Jul 2011 8:22PM
Three lovely images
Gypsyman 12 690 England
1 Jul 2011 8:25PM
Arthur, V3 I like best but all are great Photographs, not seen you arround for some time,I am told by some that I am getting better. Eric.
dmhuynh72 14 47 3 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 8:52PM
superb series, lovely sunlight in v3 and like the bg sky in v3.

pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 9:35PM

Quote:3 very effective and cleverly compiled images, Arthur: I am assuming from what you say that these are compilations, so I hope in stating that I am not causing any offence.
My immediate reaction to V 1 was to remember Peter Scott's paintings from the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust.

As we have seen the sky before I am wondering the same thing as Ronnie - did you superimpose the ducks - I like it very much and the accompanying images to but I am not sure if in fact I have fully understood your intro, could I be right - I wonder!
accipiter 13 61 England
1 Jul 2011 10:08PM
Many thanks for all your lovely comments - and yes, these are composites . The shots of birds and Sky were all taken in the same locality ( at different times of day) except for the sky in V1 which I have used before. You will notice that I have stated under 'Tags' that the images have been digitally manipulated. If you look back in my portfolio you will see at least four or five other uploads of similarly manipulated images for all of which the information is clearly stated that they are composite images that have been manipulated. I like making lovely pictures of birds in flight as I said in my intro.
No offense taken and I am glad you enjoyed them.
Special thanks to Shellio for her UA. A
pdcche 12 4 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 11:25PM
Three lovely inflight shots Arthur, nice manipulations, V1/V2 for me, splendid.. Peter
goso 16 2 1 Australia
2 Jul 2011 4:30AM
Three bottlers Arthur ...Bill
Ray42 14 3 England
2 Jul 2011 7:11AM
Three excellent shots Aurthur - these images are worthy of their own uploads
PhillipMinnis 12 94 4 Australia
2 Jul 2011 7:54AM
Three excellent images! IMHO, each one deserves a separate upload! IMHO, the 2nd image is the best of the lot! Excellent detail....a smashing capture! Once top-notch image!

Have a great weekend!


7d 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2011 8:26AM
3 stunning images.Very well done.
sparrowhawk Plus
14 282 3 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2011 8:48AM
great set very cleverly compiled and executed
3 Jul 2011 12:49AM
These are beautiful Arthur all wonderful..Lin
JustDucky 11 8 Canada
3 Jul 2011 3:52PM
excellent series Arthur, great detail - love all 3
imagio 16 12 1 England
3 Jul 2011 7:13PM
Superb Arthur

xwang 13 56 8
3 Jul 2011 10:19PM
Yes, artstically beautiful..three wonderful images through an artist's eye...V2 made me laugh, I have never seen flying ducks image like that Grin
BTW, thank you for your comment on my photoSmile
Jekaro 13 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 7:17AM
Three stunning images, Arthur, all superbly captured, V2 for me but only just.
brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 7:30AM
Amazing captures, very beautiful!
NeilWigan Plus
12 17 16 England
4 Jul 2011 10:07AM
V! works best ,good blend ,great sky .
lobski 11 2 1 Philippines
11 Jul 2011 3:03AM
Excellent set of images!

Fred Grin
PaulLiley 13 2 13 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2011 6:36AM
Wonderful set Arthur. You certainly hit on a great way of presenting these birds. Love them all especially sunset V3. Paul
Ayoob 11 Australia
17 Jul 2011 12:04PM
Excellent image ,well taken.Grin
Anna62 11 1 Australia
21 Jul 2011 12:09PM
every version of this set is amazing. Spot on..particularly v2 Smile)

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