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Glider II

Glider II
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-200 F 2.8 EX APO HSM, Digital RAW, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 13:25
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a couple of sequences after the one I posted yesterday. Not sure if its quite as effective as the fully stretched wings in the other shot. The trees in the background I'm still undecided on, they add some interest and perspective but are mildly distracting.

There is a bit more detail evident in this shot as the goose flew into a bit more sunlight (yesterdays shot he was flying through more shade).

In PP I cropped, adjusted levels and sharpened.

I wrote a message to Ram about the focus mode I was using on the previous shot. I include it here as it as it was useful to my understanding and it may be to others as well:D200 Focus


ramthakur, GLEM, aido, greenpinkorange, dB_grafix, Alex99, horia, SelenE has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-27 13:32]

Hi Simon,

Beautiful goose in flight! The colors are magnificent and the details of the face, wings and plummage is just wonderful.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-27 13:47]

Hi Simon,
Wonderful in-flight shot of the goose. Superb colours and sharpness. I love its angular pose as well as the light and shadow effect on its wings. The BG is excellent. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

Without comparing it with the first one in the series in view of its own unique features, I would consider this as a great shot in its own right, Simon.
The trees in the BG definitely give it a natural look and the dappled light on the wings in this shot is simply marvellous. Such finer touches to the image in addition to its technical excellence are worthy of notice and unlimited appreciation.
Your communication with me on the effective use of certain features common to all good DSLRs should be very useful to all members of TN wishing to learn from you.
Best regards,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-27 15:32]

salut Simon,
j'ai loupé la première, pas celle-ci. Superbe encore une fois, avec un cadrage soigné, une netteté magnifique.


Hello Simon,
This is a beautiful capture of this nice bird. This movement is very well frozen and I like this exposure, details, POV and composition. It is gliding all right and you even caught this beautiful light in its eye, congrats!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-27 20:33]

Hello Simon

One of my favourite subjects.The Canada goose in flight is beautiful.Very good sharp detail right down to the droplets of water off it's foot.Very good DOF and POV.The OOF BG is well done.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-27 23:11]

Hello Simon,
Nice shot, unusual POV but it gives a good clear view of the wings and markings. The crop is a little tight I think but that's more personal taste. I think the trees are a good addition, much better than a plain sky. They're sufficiently OOF, I think they're fine. Good info on the D200 AF, although when using single area focus can you not select which of the 11 areas you want to use?

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-27 23:20]

Hi Simmon
Beautiful action picture , very sharp with nice colors and very good DOF.
TFS Michel

One of my favourite types of shots to see and take. Your clarity and wing stop is so good. Especially for 1/750 Focal point on both front and back of goose is well seen.

Very nice! good details and sharpness on its feathers! i love this shot alot because it shows the full span of its wings. good job!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-28 9:38]

Hi Simon.
Trees as a BG are often looked perfectly. Your case is the same. Excellent picture at esthetic and technical respects. POV, sharpness, colors, pose of the bird, DOF are very nice. My compliments and best wishes.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-28 12:58]

Hi Simon,

Very sharp in flight shot. Nice colors and good sharpness. The details in the brown and black are well managed.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-29 12:59]

Hi Simon

At first you had a fully stretched wings, not you have a fully stretched tail :)) [flaps on :)) ]
This too is a splendid in-flight and, to answer your other question mark from the note, the trees in the BG really give it a more "earthly" feel...it also feel faster in speed because of the low-altitude flying :)
The details on this one are really fantastic, too and i thinkg that due to the very little relaxation of the wings you got a bit better POV for the feathers - they have such a splendid contour here which really stands out nicely, making a natural eye-pleasing contrast.
The DOF is again impeccable and the exposure brilliant, balancing both the subject and the BG very well.
Once again: a superb composition, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-13 1:05]

Outstanding inflight shot! You were working with some dificult color combinations and the exposure is spot on! Great composition. Incredible sharpness and detail. The eye is outstanding. A favorite!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-18 13:54]

Hi Simon

Great shot, I love the way the light is catching the wings. Wonderfully sharp, perfect exposure and the composition is great as well



Hi Simon,
A good in flight. Very good sharpness and depth of field.
Great light as well. Bravo!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-11 6:26]

Hi Simon,
Great in-flight capture. Focus, details, POV and composition is very good. Well done and TFS

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