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Got Too Close

Got Too Close
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED, Optex 77mm Circular Polariser
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/500 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-02 18:23
Viewed: 4264
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In my last post I showed a Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) walking along the surf, and I talked about how these birds have a flight distance threshold of about 30 feet. Well, this is what happens when you get too close. I didn’t lose her this time, she just flew a few feet down the beach to start her walk over again.

I believe this is the female, with the longer beak. I have another shot of her, with a down beat here, and one of the male here that I took a few minutes later.

I follow a generic workflow now as outlined in my Bio.
Details and differences to this are as follows:
Shot taken at 200mm, ISO 250, f/6.7, 1/500 sec
Levels – tweaked, midpoint lightened, masked bird at 50%
Used overlay layer with 5% opacity black and white brush for dodging and burning
Saturation (incremental +10 to master, +10 to red (based on proof colours compare)
Saved at 100% quality for 276K

CeltickRanger, jusninasirun, Jamesp, eng55, maurydv, wuta, Adanac, mariki, Argus, waminda2020 has marked this note useful
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Too tired, will be back later!

Hello John. Flying off close by gave you excellent opportunity to shoot one in flight. I like the striking orange beak and eye with good details of the plumage which is rather hard for black bird. Nice smooth capture just above the surface giving some sense of the height and perspective. Well done and thanks for sharing. Jusni

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-02 21:49]

Hi John

Great shot - very good frozen action. Well seen and excellently timed.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-03 2:54]

The bird is popping out of the photo John. Very good capture, as the sharpness and details are all so clear.
They are very eye-catching with that red beak and eyes
Well done


With a 200mm I can appreciate the reason why you'd want to get closer. Shooting birds with a lens like that is always an added challenge. At any rate this one the previous picture is wonderful. Great work.

Best Regards,


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-03 5:41]

Hi John,
It's an excellent in flight capture.I liked motion blurr on wings,details on plumage,contrast and composition a lot.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Molto bello il momento di cattura con la beccaccia di mare che s'invola, il dettaglio dell'occhio sembra esprimere la paura, molto bella la composizione con lo sfondo del mare, ottima nitidezza, bellissimi i colori e leggibili anche in ogni tonalità di nero. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

hello John

excellent in-flight shot (with the 2 others in Workshop)
of this wonderful bird, i love more this one with a very fine POV,
DOF and framing, i love the framing of this one leaving space
after the bird and in front the bird, like that we kno from where
the bird is coming and where he is going,
sharpness and details of the black plumage are excellent, TFS


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-06-03 10:34]

Great shot in flight John , great compositie details colours the plumage sharpnes and bg ,good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hi john you got this bird very sharp during it´s trip
great sharpness details and focus
well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-04 19:28]

Hello John,
Fantastic inflight image of this beautiful species. Thanks for sharing John.

Hello John,

Beautiful in-flight shot. Very good POV. Superb composition. Good sharpness. Beautiful light and colours. The pictures in the WS are beautiful too.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-05 1:05]

Hello John,
I like this capture very much. I was hoping to see this species when we were in NSW but didn't make it. Your focusing is superb with excellent sharpness just where it should be, and your panning skillful to achieve this.
A great in-fight of the sooty Oystercatcher and TFS this beauty!

Beautiful shot. Good details and good work with Photoshop.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-07 10:02]

Hi John,
Wonderful in-flight shot of this great looking birdie and the red eye and bill stands out so beautifully from the black plumage. Very impressive sharpness and colours and I like the OOF watery BG. Excellent timing, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-10 9:07]

Hello John

Excellent detail and rich colours.The beak and eye are outstanding.
A lovely in flight capture.
Well composed and focused.


john, this is a nice capture - it's eye is so clear and the matching red beak! colour co-ordinated!!! great shot - mark :)

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