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    My first birds in flight.

    Finally got out with my camera today and went to the local lake to see if I could get some birds in flight. I took a bunch and still sorting through them. Nothing tremendously interesting, lots of gulls and ducks... But this one caught my eye right away. Obviously, not a classic flying bird but I thought it was a really interesting image.

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    Quote Originally Posted by woty87 View Post
    But this one caught my eye right away. Obviously, not a classic flying bird but I thought it was a really interesting image.

    My first birds in flight.
    Hi John,

    Yes it is certainly different, but I think it lacks impact due to its small size here - assuming you didn't crop wildly, what are the chances of seeing it 2.5 timess bigger? - don't forget to do the post downsize sharpening though, or it'll look soft at that size.

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    I call that "thinking out of the box"

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    Dave, could you please clarify suggestion for me? Are you saying that I should try to post the photo to cic at a larger size? Is this the below what you meant? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi John,

    Yes it is certainly different, but I think it lacks impact due to its small size here - assuming you didn't crop wildly, what are the chances of seeing it 2.5 timess bigger? - don't forget to do the post downsize sharpening though, or it'll look soft at that size.


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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    No, it's not a typical bird-in-flight shot...and that's precisely why it makes us look and look again!

    Wow!

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    Here's another one I processed from today. I'm not sure if its the same bird or not, but this one has a head.

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    While the first one is interesting and I have looked a couple times, I do like the second a bit more. Well caught and nice and sharp.

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    A flying headless bird - that's scary.

    Ideally, I would have liked a bit of background with these, but not too heavy so it overwhelms the delicateness of the feathers.

    But the basic shots have worked out fine.

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    Quote Originally Posted by woty87 View Post
    Dave, could you please clarify suggestion for me? Are you saying that I should try to post the photo to cic at a larger size? Is this the below what you meant? Thanks
    Absolutely yes - and it didn't disappoint, well done.

    I like the second one too.

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    Re: My first birds in flight.

    Geoff, it was one of those days when the sky was plain flat gray. No cloud formations, no definition, boring flat gray. For that reason, I lightened in pp to bring out the natural light in the feathers and went for the light key feel. I figured if the background wasn't going to give me anything, I might as well make it a cleaner colour.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    A flying headless bird - that's scary.

    Ideally, I would have liked a bit of background with these, but not too heavy so it overwhelms the delicateness of the feathers.

    But the basic shots have worked out fine.

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