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Dare to FLY past

Dare to FLY past
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Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/159 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-24 13:00
Viewed: 6089
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dedicated to all those who insisted I get a digital camera. Yes, my beautiful wife surprised me with a Canon Powershot S1 IS for my birthday. Here is the first image Im posting with this camera.
The weather in these parts has not been very good to us for the past week and weve yet to see blue skies. This picture was taken in very dark, cloudy conditions with rain threatening all the time.
I have to thank Luc for some good advise as I had some major issues with focus and camera shake. These issues continue but as time goes by, I get the knack of it and hopefully Ill start posting some better quality images. In the meantime, Im so tempted to run back to the videocam, but Im forcing myself to persevere with the S1.

Spotted Flycatcher
Afrikaans : ( Europese Vlieevanger )
Muscicapa striata

Size : 14cm

Flycatchers catch most small non-venomous insects as well as flies.

All flycatchers have a shortish, slender bill, stiff rectal bristles projecting from the base of the bill, and slender, blackish legs. Their small size and bill shape is the reason many confuse them with birds in the warbler group.

The spotted flycatcher is a still hunting bird. It is a non breeding summer visitor from Europe and may seen in well wooded gardens, thorn-bush and parks.

The spotted flycatcher is normally found sitting on a branch low down in the bush from whence he waits for his prey, which he catches either on the ground or in the air. He then usually returns back to the same branch again.

Shooting details
Original Photo 2048 x 1536
USM + 150%, Branch cloned out ,Framed and resized for web
Camera Canon Powershot S1 IS
No Flash
Tripod No - Handheld
F/Length 58mm
F Number F/4.5
Exposure Time 1/159sec

carper, Fisher, marhowie, sAner, ellis49, jossim, red45, Luc, JeanMichel, PDP, Signal-Womb, gerhardt, Alan_Kolnik has marked this note useful
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-24 13:09]

Prachtige birdshot Willie,
very good capture, it's a differcult shot but you handled it very well, good composition, meaby a little to much in the middle taken, I think a cropp can make it better, but thats personal, farther great job

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-24 13:32]

Excelent work, Willie.
Well done on this composition and capture.


Willie, Overall a good shot..I think these were not the best conditions to try out your camera with bad light..I think the right light is the first & foremost factor in photography...It looks like your camera may have tried to focus on the sprigs in front, not sure..Anyway, Good luck with the new camera! TFS

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-24 13:48]

Hi Willie
Nice first picture. You have to watch where it focuses. Since the "film" is cheap, place a tin, toy, whatever in a tree, then shoot a couple og shots at different f-stops, and compare in the PC - not on the camera. This will let you see where the focus catch on. For this birdie, you needed abit less f-stop, but this will come.

Very good picture Willie.
Congrats to your new birthday present.
The S1 is a very nice little camera, I own one.
Its a good first post and I'm agree with Callie.
Well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-24 22:07]

Super Willie, bonne prise et belle oiseau. Flicitations et bonne journe.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-24 22:19]

Willie, thank your wife. As for dealing with the camera, as time goes by, you'll show us great pictures, just like you've been doing.

Nice first shot with your new camera. The pose is great and, despite the soft focus, it is a nice picture.

As for the camera, it's a very good choice. I'm very often impressed by Luc's shots quality; The lens long focal will be a great help for these kind of shots. Question of getting used to it and spot the right focus point when distracting objects interfere. Seems it's what happened here, the focus being on the fore branch. Sure there will be many occasions to share with us S.A. beauties with the same framing expertise and curiosity for nature you've shown in your former shots. Callie's comment is very useful. Have fun, Willie!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-25 4:05]

Great news Willie and thank your wife from TNers community :-) Nice first shot, I like bird but also tree. Is this accacia?

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-25 4:10]

Congrats on the camera Willie. Good capture of the little grey bird. I like your POV. TFS.

Nice photo. As always very arty!
Great scene and very nice colours!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-25 6:05]

Good first post with the S1, Willie. Look for my today's post: Snowy. It seems you focused on the little branch in front on the bird. I think that at f/8 with a monopod it would do the job better, but with bad lightning I am not sure.
Complete note.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-25 6:33]

The lightening is a bit strange but the scene is very well captured. The POV is great and so is the composition.

Nice bird, a pity that the picture quality is so bad.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-02-26 4:00]

Good picture, interesting note. Colours, DOF - ok. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-26 5:53]

Hi Willie, congratulations on your birthday and a big thanks you to your wife for getting you this new camera, after you get better weather and get used to it I think the results will be leaps and bounds ahead of the video camera.

Under the conditions this is very nice, well done...I can't add more than Callie and the others have said.

Based on other shots on this site using the S1 IS, I'm sure you'll produce some stunners in the very near future. This one is a bit soft, but still quite good for a samll bird. Well done.

That sure is a cute little fellow Willie, focus is a little soft but its a nice shot...well done.

Welcome to the Canon camp, Willie. :)

From what I have seen Luc do with this camera I can't wait to see you get the hang of it. I was just as frustrated when I moved from my 1st digi-cam to DSLR, what an adjustment, hang in there. :)

Congrats on the new camera, thank the wife from all of us here, I am certain it will be to our benefit as well.

Congrats on the new camera - I always enjoyed your "videos" and will watch with interest to see if the new camera shows technical improvements. As always, leaving technique aside, a really good capture and an excellent note.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-03-15 11:25]

What a quaint looking little bird, I like Your POV and the branches which almost cuddles the little bird...well done!

Tones, colors are really impressive. I like the design of the photo, it is really strong to emphasize the mood of it.

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