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Respect to bird photographers!!

Respect to bird photographers!!
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Copyright: Doug Whincup (dougsphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 5 N: 190] (849)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 0:05
Viewed: 3459
Points: 14
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I had my first real attempt at capturing birds in flight with my 70-300 - I know reviews say it's not the fastest lens and not great for fast-moving birds etc but I thought what the heck I'll give it a try!!

I now have the greatest respect for those of you who do "bird in flight" photos well - it's not easy 1) finding the things in the viewfinder and 2) keeping them there, locking on to a focus point etc!

Anyway, this is one of my better attempts - quite happy with the timing of the capture and the feeling of movement in the gull's wings. Any honest thoughts?

Taken handheld, very little post-processing, just a slight levels boost.

Thanks for looking!


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To PaulH: Thanksdougsphotos 1 01-25 07:37
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Hey Doug,
Very nice mid-air action for a fist attempt, you cracked it nicely, well framed and composed, excellent lighting and colours, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Doug,
Nice flight.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-25 0:48]

I too have the greatest respect for those of you who do "bird in flight" photos well - it's not easy, but these seagulls are good to practice on.
Good job though Doug, the bird is a bit blurred and unsharp, but the action pose is really quite funny.
Keep practicing...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-25 1:40]
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Hi Doug,
i have the same lens, and you're right, it's not the fastest, but can produce some good results with perserverance! This is really nice though, like you say, a good sense of movement and sharp in the body and legs. I don't think it'll be long before you're churning out real beauties like th rest of them! Have a great weekend mate

Hi Doug,

Firstly excellent basics - light, exposure and sharpness. What I really like is the moment - the face sticking out of the blurred wings - awesome.


Seems to be a Gull day.. :) Well done! And as Janice says - they are great to get your feet wet.
Good job, Doug!
Cheers, Klaus

hello Doug

for a first try to catch in inflight a bird, you are successful,
and it is a bird that has a graceful flight,

i always try to shoot birds in inflight bat i don't have very succes,
the advice i give you, is to shoot in IS0400 and the shutter speed
at least 1/800s or 1/1000s (i am not an expert is just my opinion)

excellent POV of your image and the way you framed the seagull
and i love the blur of the wings that show's the motion of the image



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