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Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50 DLSR, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds In Flight Part Two, Alex99's favorite photos, Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-14 4:38
Viewed: 5591
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TN friends, I'm posting here my in-flight shot of the little Chickadee. I've been trying to get Chickadee shot a few times, but I couldn't make it easily because they are small and their flying is so fast, as compared with Blue Jay.
I think that 1/4000 sec is not enough to capture them.
You can see the legs shaked in this photo. :-)
Anyway, this is one of my Chickadee shots succeeded from among hundreds of shots failed. ^^;;
Thanks for looking and I hope you'll like it.
Any comments welcome! :-)
Have a great weekend!!

* Exif data,

Compressed RAW
Lens: Nikkor VR macro 105mm F/2.8G
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/4000 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Low Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Long Exposure NR: Off
Weather condition: Sunny day
No Tripod

MMM, Argus, ramthakur, fiyo, anel, mariki, uleko, NinaM, JoseMiguel, Luis52, Jamesp, Pentaxfriend, gerbilratz, Juyona, fartash, jmp, Alex99, alguazul, horia, cicindela, Maite, sandpiper2 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To claudine: Thanks Claudine,undoredo 1 12-14 14:16
To NinaM: Thanks Francine,undoredo 1 12-14 08:38
To lousat: Thanks my friend,undoredo 1 12-14 08:36
To Argus: Thanks Ivan,undoredo 1 12-14 04:58
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  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-14 4:42]

Hi Kevin
Excellent In flight capture.Good POV and very sharp image ,you have used a good speed t ocpture all the details.Nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-14 4:44]

You are really proving yourself as a top-class in-flight bird photographer!
This is another stunning shot!
The clarity is impeccable and the image is razor-sharp.
Superb pose and a great composition.
Perfect focusing and a great DOF.
Very, very well done Kevin.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-14 4:49]
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Hello Kevin,
Slightly shaking legs or not, this is a great capture! Amazing that you had enough light to allow you a 4000th at ISO 200! Must be the snow! Technically superb, caught at a fine moment to produce this superb pose in this excellent composition.
Well done my friend and thanks!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-14 4:53]

Hi Kevin
really like the shadow of his claws on the underside of his wings here, wonderful background and excellent sharp focus - top quality work, well done and have a great weekend.

EXCELLENT.....BEAUTIFULLL.......GREAT.....AND...........T ..... F.........S....

Wow, this is a stunning image, though you are being modest in your note, Kevin! Taking the picture of a small bird in flight and that too from your perspective is not an easy task at all and you have succeeded in doing so very well.
The shape formed by the bird's open wings is just beautiful and the details as well as the colours are perfect.
Thanks for sharing the image and warm regards.

Hi Kevin,
Superb photo!
They are small indeed; it is difficult to capture them when they are perched, let alone in flight!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-14 5:44]

Hello Kevin,
Excellent capture.Timing is amazing.I liked POV,BG,framing and a lot.Excellent work!

Bellissima ripresa!!! Complimenti per lo scatto molto bello!!!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-12-14 6:02]

Wow! This is a terrific capture! Fantastic details and clarity and you managed to get the catch-light in the eye! Wow!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-14 6:34]

hello Kevin,
Very fine, light, almost celestial shot. Just great!

Hello Kevin

Again a very beautiful in-flight shot. Beautiful lighting and colours. Well done,

Hi Kevin,very perfect pic,i think not easy to made (birds are not my 1st passion),but i like a lot beacuse have a moving sensation..very very nice,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-14 6:51]

Hello Kevin,
What a wonderful in-flight capture of the Chickadee. The focus is brilliant and those wings look sooo beautiful. Great sharpness, beautiful background colour and a very well-timed and lovely composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-14 7:40]
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Hi Kevin, the master of flight! Your patience pays, look at the wonderful picture of the chickadee. I love what you do, it helps us see what the eye don't catch. The flight of the birds fascinate me and to see them in movement is great.

Your photo is sharp and clear, the colours are great and most of all, the background is blurred and soft to leave out the chickadee. You managed to get a very slight movement in the wings which is real nice. Congratulation and thanks to you!


hello kevin,
very nice capture, you got this fine shot using micro lens, the composition id lovely, sharp image withngood details, excellent eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

Great action captured. DOF, POV, timing are very good. I like the exposure and evenly distribution of colors.
Best regards,

Hi Kevin,
You did it again.
The timing to get this shot done properly is admirable.
I don't know how you can get that amazing high shutter speed to froze the movement. But the result is just great.
The bird is perfect lighted an the DOF suits properly for the subject.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-14 8:44]

Hola Kevin.- Nice in flight shot of this cute bird. Very sharp and focus. I like it a lot.

Fine work Kevin!
Your perseverance payed off handsomely.
The spread wings and tail are beautiful.
Great POV to see the body and face also.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-14 9:13]

Hi , short of time having to work late just marking your good picture for now.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-14 9:28]

Hi Kevin

A superb capture - really artistic - and very skillful. Your timing is simply brilliant.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-12-14 9:41]

hi Kevin,
superbe prise de vue en plein vol, le mouvement est particulièrement bien saisi. Bonne lumière, même si c'est un peu clair sur le bas de l'image.


Hi Kevin,

Brilliant shot
Excellent timing, sharpnes and DOF
SUPERB details and POV

TFS Thijs

Quite stunning, and excellent notes...a fine achievement. TFS

Hello my friend Seo,
After gone through the photo just simply admiring and enjoy, I can only two simple words - JUST PERFECT - and leave my wordless
thanks once more for sharing
best regards to you and family

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-14 12:56]

Hello Kevin,
Whar a perfect timing. The pose of the Chickadee is very impressive. Superb sharpness and wonderful colours. Great composition and BG.

salut Kevin
Tes photos sont toujours ausssi belles, bravo ! On peut capter tous les détails de cet oiseau qui est pourtant au vol.
Bonne soirée à toi.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-14 13:29]

Genial trabajo Kevin,
bello pov,
detalles y delicado disparo.

Hello Kevin
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Great focusing,composition and BG,
Welldone my friend.


Wow Kevin,
You can't imagine the number of times I have tried to do such a picture!!! I never have enough light to choose the good shutter speed. They are ones of the fastest birds I know and this is a real challenge that you accomplished perfectly! This is a very good image, a beauty to look at. Congratulations!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-14 14:42]

Hi Kevin,
Not just a perfect timing and pose, but a very beautiful image which shows what art of flying.
TFS, José M.

Hello Kevin,
Wow! Absolutely terrific shot, perfect action shot!. very good sharpness and details. nice colors.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-14 18:32]

Hi Kevin,
Outstanding shot and a spectacular display of wings and tail. Great moment captured with your deft hands. Wonderful lighting, exposure and DOF with the BG looks majestic. Great POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-14 21:02]

Hi Kevin.
You create wonders with your excellent macro lens. I am impressed so much. I understand when it turns out very well once time but you proof your skill at in-fly bird shooting again and again. Bravo, my friend. Next outstanding in every respect shot. My congratulations.
Sometimes, may be, you will share your technique of creation of such masterpieces. My best wishes.

My God!
Very good flight... and you used a 105 mm!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-15 1:30]

Hi Kevin

Firstly, a big thank you for your kind words on my last post and on the Guestbook from my website. I really appreciate them, my friend!

I see you are already an expert on taking these in-flights! How amazing! I'm sure all this experience will work superbly on the next years Odonatas :)
This is a splendid shot of this Chickadee!
The pose of the bird - with its wings spread - is absolutely stunning and the nice OOF BG works well to make it stand out even better.
I would say don't worry about those legs...you pulled out the maximum from the camera and that is something very few people manage to do!
My compliments!

Bravo and TFS

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-15 1:59]

Superbe photo Kevin.
Tout est superbe.

Dear Kevin!
This is really wonderful shot! Bird is sharp even if it was also so mobile (and fast?). You ketp details is perfect way thanks to this it is more that pleasure to watch this image.
THS and have a nice weekend!

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  • Ric Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (146)
  • [2007-12-15 7:38]

Congratulations!! Good catch.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-15 10:20]

Hello Kevin, fabulous shot my friend, those guys are hard to get when they stand still so in flight it must be incredibly hard to get it as good as you did. Congratulations ! 10/10 ! Thanks,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-15 18:12]

Hello Kevin

I love this style you have been sharing with us lately.
The in flight capture is wonderful,with excellent plumage detail.
The lighting and colours are natural.
The POV and DOF are excellent.


Hi Kevin
Excellent In flight capture.
Good POV and very sharp image, congratulation.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-16 4:31]

Another wonderful shot!!

very nice shot. a fair amount of clarity too.

Another mind blowing photo!

Hi Kevin
Wow what a super shot, your far too self critical, there is hardly any blur at all, its a great piece of work.
Amazing to get that fast shutter speed at f5.6. Perfect composition.

Well done


Hi Kevin,

The few shots of the Chickadee are some the best I've ever seen congrats on these stunning and superb captures.

Thank you.

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