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    Well done Joe, maybe a hair less exposure would have been optimal but there isn't much for hot spots. Nice and sharp and well placed in the frame. We don't have this bird so I will just have to enjoy him here! Well done.

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    Thanks Paul. These are so common in the Florida marshes that I stopped shooting them unless there is something special. So today I decided to shoot some in flight. To control the blinkies all were exposed at -1.0 EV and then the exposure raised in post processing in Adobe Lightroom 4. Easy enough to back off the exposure. I always struggled to shoot birds in flight, new system today made it easy.

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    Well if I came to Florida I would likely look like an idiot running around like a kid in the candystore! Guess they are about like our Mallards. Can't see water without 20+ lol Glad to here you can back it off some, you don't need much, there is just a couple small spots that have no detail and are a little bright.

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    Very nicely sharp Joe. I think you could probably crop a bit tighter in the second and third photo but they're fine as they are too.

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    Really nice images Joe, particularly as they were shot at the bird's level!

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    The background is a little 'strong' in the last one; but I don't suppose you could have done much about it.

    Good sharp action shots.

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    I think they are beautiful shots Joe, especially #1. I might have burned down that
    background a bit to emphasize the bird a bit more, but it's still a great capture!

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    Well done Joe, send some of them up my way love to give them a go.

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    Joe, very nice shots. I particularly like the second one. Getting the definition in the feathers adds a great deal to the image for me. I agree that the background is strong, but there is little you can do about that. You have to take the shot where the critter is hanging out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldcoastgolfer View Post
    Very nicely sharp Joe. I think you could probably crop a bit tighter in the second and third photo but they're fine as they are too.
    Thanks Mal, I can always change the cropping as Lilghtroom preserves the original and is non-destructive. I just tried to leave a little room around the subject this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    Really nice images Joe, particularly as they were shot at the bird's level!
    Thanks Frank, I tried a new way of shooting flying birds yesterday that worked like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    The background is a little 'strong' in the last one; but I don't suppose you could have done much about it.

    Good sharp action shots.
    Thanks Geoff, I agree the background is strong but as you say nothing much can be done about that. Maybe next time over water or something less busy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy View Post
    I think they are beautiful shots Joe, especially #1. I might have burned down that
    background a bit to emphasize the bird a bit more, but it's still a great capture!
    Thanks Mike, I posted these quickly and did not do much in the way of post processing. I will take your suggestion about burning down the background and see what I can do when I have more time to work on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack r mann View Post
    Well done Joe, send some of them up my way love to give them a go.
    Thanks Jack, when I go to the marsh again I will tell them "Go to Oregon and see Jack". If you ever get down here to Florida let me know. Wonderful oppurtunities for bird shoothing here.

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    Re: Snowy Egret in Flight...C&C appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by Teton Chuck View Post
    Joe, very nice shots. I particularly like the second one. Getting the definition in the feathers adds a great deal to the image for me. I agree that the background is strong, but there is little you can do about that. You have to take the shot where the critter is hanging out.
    Thanks Chuck, I always struggled to shoot birds in flight until the day I shot these. In the following post I will describe my set up that made it easy.

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    Re: Snowy Egret in Flight...C&C appreciated

    Here is the way my camera was set up that made shooting these birds a snap. Normally I shoot in aperature priority for birds and wildlife, shutter speed set to a minimum of 1/1000, aperature of f8 or f11, and automatic ISO with a range set between a low of 100 and a high of 1600. The change that I made was setting the shutter priority to a shutter speed of 1/2000. When approaching a bird I thought would take flight I pre-focused on it and swithched from aperature priority to shutter priority. With the camera pre-focused it was easy to find the bird in the view finder and track and pan with it. If this helps try it, it worked for me. Once again thanks all for you comments and suggestions.

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