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Inflight No 2

Inflight  No 2
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-19 10:02
Viewed: 4503
Points: 118
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my second try at inflight small bird shots. I have found the Chaffinch seems to take its time in landing giving you more chance of a shot. I liked this one because it shows the tail feathers open and the outside of the wing. I would have liked a bit more space under the bird but it was just about to land on a pile of food . This was taken on Sunday in the New Forest with my 180 sigma .

Chaffinch ( Fringilla coelebs ) One of the commonest and most widespread birds in Britain, favouring a wide variety of habitats including gardens, parks and woodland. In winter numbers are boosted by the influx of north european birds. Song comprises a descending trill with a characteristic final flurish. Feeds mainly on Insects during the summer months but seeds in the winter where they often gather in large flocks

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
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To smurali: Inflight No2nglen 1 02-20 13:34
To Patleboss: Inflight No2nglen 1 02-20 12:56
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-19 10:08]

Hi Nick,

You are a fast learner - this is great. You froze him beautifully in a wonderful position. The wings are beautiful - lovely face. Excellent colors, fine details and a wonderful background.

Ahah Mr Glen
If I may speak in laymans terms and just say this is the nuts!!
Totally awesome..Your new lense is doing you proud...Its all spot on!!
Many congratulations.
I have one with flash and a low shutter speed which I will post now..It will be a good comparison for the site.

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2008-02-19 10:16]

Hi Nick!
Excellent capture of the Chaffinch in lovely bright colours. Great sharpness and the colour of the background its beautifull.Good details and good job!

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-19 10:21]

Simply gorgeous. The movement captured, the light and detail! Excellent! Cheers, Klaus

Excellent pic.And the light is perfect.

Hi Nick, that's wonderful, splendid flying bird in lovely pose, great timing, good colors, splendid sharpness and excellent details, very well done, BRAVISSIMO, ciao Silvio

Hi Nicholas
Great action shot. Beautiful frozen bird. Good sharpness nice saturated colors and perfect OOF background
Best wishes

Hi Nick
For a second attempt at inflight shots this is truly outstanding and a good acheivement. well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-19 11:06]

Hi Nicholas.
Second in-flight shot is so amazing as first one. Superb timing, terrific sharpness of the bird and stunning smooth perfectly coloured BG. Fantastic use of macro lens. Is really USM lenses have high speed AF on macrolens? Bravo. Great shot.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-19 11:20]

Hello Nick,
What an amazing photo! Perfect timing with a wonderful pose. The light on the Chaffinch is splendid. Excellent colours and BG. Perfect sharp details.

Hi Nick,

What can I say; you have mastered this exceptionally difficult art, and art it is. I managed to a couple of shots, but the shutter speed was just too low. I'll keep trying though. This is truely great work.


Hello Nick,
Now we start to enjoy your excellent work of inflight bird from a great photographer!
Just beautiful in everything - sharpness, warm colouration and perfect details in the shot
my compliment

Hi Nicholas!

You soon will be a specialist of that kind! Also this second "inflight"is marvellous and I recognized your style already from the thumbnail. If I may do a suggestion: for moving pictures, it could be valuable to try another background than a blurred one, in order to underline the effects of the movement. Here, one has a bit the feeling that the bird is sticked to a indefinite background, like in a studio. I believe that the impact of the movment could be improved by a more realistic background.

These considerations to not change anything to the fact that it is a marvellous picture!

Kind regards


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-19 11:46]

Hi Nicholas,

Unusual inflight shot of a Chaffinch. This shot is not easy to make and I like it. Very sharp and superb satured colors. Great work.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-19 11:48]

This is I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E!!!!
The pose is awesome!
Superb sharpness and clarity.
Beautiful colours.
You've really caught on with these in-flight shots!
That 180mm is doing you proud!

Very well done Nick.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-19 11:58]

Hello Nick,
Whow, great work. I like it all. Everything is ok-

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-02-19 11:59]

Hi Nick

What a stunning in-flight shot and as Jane said you must be a quick learner if this is your 2nd attempt, fabulous pose of the bird coming into land, very good detail with lovely warm colours and light.


Cannot fault this great image, lovely details and good focus, excellent timing...v/good dof...fine work!!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-19 12:07]

Great shot. Wonderful sharp and nice color

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-19 12:11]

Bonjour Nicholas
Très belle prise haute vitesse avec cet objectif Sigma 180mm, superbe netteté, couleurs et cadrage.
Amicalement Robi

beautiful detail and colors.excellent sharpness.wonderful capture!

Splendida immagine, momento di cattura fantastico, dettagli perfetti, molto belli i colori anche dello sfondo. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-19 12:56]

Hi Nicholas,
Great timing, moment, sharpness, exposure, background... Congratulation!
TFS, José M.

Hi Nicholas,
Purchasing a macro lens for photographing birds;
great idea actually 'cause it is successful; this
image is no exception.
Well done

Wow did you get a nice image on this one Nick. surprised? It came out so well..That would sure make me happy...I have been studying in picture how Howard (Marhowie) does it...and it looks like a fun image to take.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-19 14:05]

Hi Nicholas,

A indeed superb capture,the focus and exposure are spot on,my compliments on this excellent capture,tfs


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-19 14:16]

Hi Nicholas,

Amazing picture with such beautiful warm colours. Excellent focus on this inflight shot showing great details. Congratulations on this one!


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  • loga (22)
  • [2008-02-19 14:34]

Hi Nicholas

Shot like this make me to love photography. "FANTASTIC"



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-19 15:00]

Hola amigo,
buena captura,
agradables tonos cálidos bello pov.
buen bg.
saludos Nicholas,

Hello Nicholas,
Fantastic in flight shot, great timing and nice composition, excellent sharpness and good depth of field, very nice colors and good light.

Reminds me of a jet plane coming in with flaps down. I still have not managed a good in-flight shot. Your focus and timing were perfect here. Great BG.

Hi Nick,
Another great catch from you. In this picture the golden light in the BG is superb. Details, timing and colours first class.



Woww, perfect!! Amazing capture dear Nicholas.
Superb coloration, wonderful sharp focus, timing and POV. everything super. I appreciate seeing such a great capture. Congratulations. thanks a lot.

Only word to say.


Hi Nick,
Just perfect the detail is amazing and the frozen action is spot-on, stunning work mate, all the best Cheers Rick :)

This is a fantastic capture of Chaffinch ready to alight, Nicholas.
The posture is very attractive, focus is perfect and the colours and details are immaculate.
TFS and regards.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-20 0:10]

Hi Nicholas,

An other excelent photo! Very good moment you cought with excelent light and nice natural colors. Your photo has also very good quality of the image.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Nicholas,

Excellent shot. Great sharpness. Great timing. The light and the colours are superb.


Nic, What a brilliant picture. Nice colors. Excellent sharpness even at F4. I have never shot birds with my Sigma 180. I should explore.

Did you pre-focus on a spot to get the picture in focus or relied on Canon 40D to focus the bird for you?

- Murali Santhanam

It's certainly keeping its eyes on the food, Nick!

This is superb! There is no blurring and the details are superb! It is so good to see how the use of the tail and wings slows the bird down! Well done!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Nick
Another catch with the flight of one which charms bird.
Congratulations, and thank you

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-20 9:23]

Hi Nick

It seems you are already an expert in shooting birds with a macro lens...my compliments!
This is a splendid in-flight - much better in my humble opinion than your first.
I love the sharpness on the bird here as well as the interesting pose you managed to get. The light was really great here, too and it made sure you got just the best colors for this :)
I'm just wonderring a bit about the composition. I know it's difficult to think about it when shooting in-flights, but having such a brilliant result, i would have been tempted to add a bit more canvas in the lower part and clone some more BG there... What do you think? :)
Anyway, gorgeous job!


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-02-20 10:23]

Wow Nick,
This is great!!!
Your timing was great, you froze the bird in a very nice pose and with nice sunlight on the bird against a nice coloured bg.
Well done!!

Hi Nick,
Splendid shot. I'll have to get out on the sunny days and try my hand at birds, instead of last summer's butterflies. Thanks.

Hi Nicholas,
I don't know it you misunderstandings things, a macro lens
is for macros, not for in-flight shots.;-)
It's a great shot with almost perfect stop-action.
Very good sharpness, details and lovely colours.
Great work.


Habilidad y oportunidad para esta bonita "congelación".
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

splendid Nick,
it is realy a perfect shot
Warning Marhowie, mister Glen is coming !!!!
a great cheer my friend

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-20 14:10]

Hello Nicholas, this is a spectacular landing. I like it, like you write, I like the spreaded feathers with a light movement, they are so beautiful. It seems your new macro lense is very versatile and you know how to use it! the background is superb, the colours are striking and I love the light. It looks like summer light! Thanks Nicholas!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-20 18:19]

Hola Nicolas.
Otra muy bella y fina foto de este hermoso pajarillo en el vuelo. Muy exelentes colores y alta definicion.
Felicidades Nicolas.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-20 23:48]

Hi Nick,
I have been practicing on the same subject "capturing the small birds inflight" for a couple of days. And it's hard!!
Good job on this one. Focus, sharpness, lighting, POV and colors look very nice. TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-21 0:39]

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

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-21 3:24]

Hello Nick,
Another great in-flight of a Chaffinch. I am impressed not only by the 40D but by your skills in using it. The downbeat position of the wings is great as is the composition and of course the technical standard of this image is firat class.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

Hello Nick awsome shot well caught excellent timing and nice frozen motion. Amazing you managed it with the 180mm sigma. Very sharp, nice light. A real cracker! tfs rgds Necip.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-21 21:24]

selam Nicholas
good timing and wonderful capture of this cute and beautiful bird while its flying
dynamic composition, POV, blurred BG, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note are great

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-22 4:52]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding shot and you have freezed the action wonderfully well. Great use of natural lighting and immaculate sharp details. The DOF is perfect and it isolates the subject perfectly from the BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-22 9:25]

Hello Nicholas, what a fabulous shot, you stopped the bird perfectly at 1/2000! Very well done, thanks!


This is veritable art!!!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-02-23 6:15]

Salut Nicholas,
surperbe prise de vue en plein vol, l'oiseau est incroyablement net. La lumière et les couleurs sont de grandes qualité.


Hello Nick,
Fantastic in flight capture with superb colors and details Nick. Great job and thank you for sharing.

Hello Nick,
very good picture with good sharpness, lovely colours and great action shot!

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