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Taking Flight

Taking Flight
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-04-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-07 20:16
Viewed: 4150
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I would post this old photo I took almost 2 years ago when I first got my 10D. Paul's ( PDP) lovely Red Deer sequence shot reminded me of mine...well one of mine...anyway...this was my first DSLR and it was a month old and I had been itching to try out the 3 fsp feature. I thought this was so cool and so fast...three photos in one second...wow! I had my grandson up to the sanctuary showing him how to use my old Sony F 707 and I didn't feel like or really thought I would need my 70-200mm lens which was my longest lens at the time, so I had my 85mm lens on the camera. Now you must understnd I was not seasoned at all at wildlife photography...I had just retired from my real job and was teaching myself photography.

Nick and I came upon some deer and we were so excited...we felt like were big game hunters only we were armed with cameras as our shooters. I saw this doe that was about to run across the path so I took aim and when she fled I just let the camera rip. This was exciting stuff for me!

When I got home I took four of the shots and I stitched them together in Photoshop's photomerge to show this one doe as she progressed across the path.

Since then ...a year and a half later and an upgrade on the camera and lens...I did have the opportunity to once again try out a sequence feature only on the 1D MKII this time with a doe as my subject again only this time in the meadow. I stiched 17 images together for that one! I'll post it at a later date.

rlortie, Fisher, PDP, red45, sAner, marhowie, liquidsunshine, pompey, milloup, Luc, gerhardt, sandpiper2, mogens-j, Callie has marked this note useful
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You did a very good job with the photomerge feature. Very interesting sequence. Good post. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-07 20:41]

Vraiment incroyable cette photo. Belle prise de vue. Félicitations !

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-07 21:01]

Even though you feel this isn't your best and back in your rookie days, you had the aptitude for photography. You kept the camera in one place and captured the deer in stages. I like that. Then you merged them, which look to be several deer. Cool. Well done on this compositon of compositions. :)


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-08 4:21]

Wow! Stitching them was a great idea! Damn, I wish I had thought of that. It's a great photo Lesley, I love the POV and the action is terrific, thanks for posting.

Great shot! Just wonderful.
Nothing to add ;-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-08 6:09]

Superb capture Lesley! Looks like few frames from cartoon movie.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-08 6:54]

Extremely well done! :) I really like this picture and your idea to merge the pics. I am looking very much forward to your 17 images stitch.

Lesley, Very nice action capture here! I like the animals form in movement shown so well here..Looking forward to your follow-up! TFS!!

Excellent stitching Lesley,
well captured
Thanks for posting

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-08 17:47]

Great sequence and excellent note Lesley.
A great moment caught in time, thanks for sharing it.

There were one, there were two.. ;-))
Great capture with good sharpness and details. Funny how the four poses are all different, they would also make good models for silhouettes ;-))

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-08 19:49]

Personal assessment of the photo: excelent.
An unique visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excelent.
Personal assessment of the note: excelent.
Hi Lesley. I would have made a LP version of this unique photomerge post. You have done a great job here.
Thanks a lot.

This is an eye catcher. Beautifull sequence in one frame. Excellent PP work. Thanks for sharing this idea with us. I am sure a lot of us are gonna try this out.

What a great story. I can't believe you took this sequence hand-held and then stiched it together. What a novel idea (for me anyway). The effect is outstanding, can't wait for the next one you mention. Well done.

Very nice capture(s) Lesley - work almost like a film-strip. Very good stitching job. The clearness of the picture looks good too and the soft colours are great.

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-02-18 15:55]

Very nice composition and good idea.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-22 12:36]

Hi Lesley
Nothing blonde about what you did here - splendid job. I, tooseldom see all the pictures, as I normally do not visit the gallery. I am forever paying off debt. Thanks for the kind words about my owlet, he is very cute in real life as well.
Have you seen his cousin, the Barred owlet?

very nice, TFS Ori

All of the oints are said dear..& i say for you too:You did a very good job with the photomerge feature. Very interesting sequence. Good post. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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