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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z2, 52mm UV + Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-11-17 3:35
Viewed: 3820
Points: 19
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After everyones wonderful advice on trying to capture a flying bee, I set my camera and waited patiently on my deck hoping to capture a bird flying towards the bird feeder we have in our garden. Here is the outcome. The background is a bit dark as the sun was low, and not as focused as it should be, but I am very happy with what I got.

Please, any advice is appreciated.

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Hi, nice action shot well captured, I've tried a WS.
Well done

Nice action shot Pam.
It will be better and better.
Very good details and composition.
Just a little noise but it's not disturbing.
Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-17 4:24]

I like blurred wings - it makes more action on this superb shot.

Indeed. What a nice capture. You certainly not shy with the bread for them. :) Nice try, really. Well done Pam.

Catching birds flying is not easy, and you've done very well here, with your subject right in the side light. In fact, it's nice to have this ray coming just on the bird and it's feeder, leaving the background in the dark. These shots are IMO amongst the most rewarding ones because it asks for good photographic skills... plus patience. Well done, Pam. Philip's WS is a good contribution to your work.

Pam, Very good, you stocked the feeder very well I see! ;-) This is great for your first attempt at a bird in-flight. I might suggest next time try shooting into a better lit BG as it appears here your BG is in shadow. With more light you might end-up with a bit higher F stop & better results? Also, tripod for these shots if at all possible. Hope I've helped?

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-17 10:10]

You should be happy with it, I think it's very good. Well Done

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-18 10:18]

Very nice catch Pam! I like the timing in this one and the detai is good.

Thanks for posting

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  • joan (373)
  • [2005-05-29 5:49]

Excellent result for a single practical exercises the practice can surpass this good eye that you have in the captures greetings Joan
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Very good shot, much better than any flying shot I've managed so far.
I am in no position to give advice really but I would say manually pre-focus, there's nothing more annoying than the camera re-focusing on the background at the last second. Use continous shooting so you get lots of pictures!
Also, I think you'll agree the foreground is over-exposed. Check the exposure beforehand by just photographing the feeder and keeping the correct settings (use manual mode). In this case the background would be almost black, improving the effect.

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