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Near Miss Blurred Color

Near Miss Blurred Color
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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: 2004-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Just Missed Shots. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-04 9:47
Viewed: 4904
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a near miss I had back in Dec. I was just pressing the shutter to take a photo of the female Cardinal when the male Cardinal and a Tufted Titmouse swooped down, one right behind her and the othr right in front of her and spooked her. You can see where my focus was at the bottom of her feet in the air. I think that even at the fast shutter speed it was just a fraction of a second of finger hesitation on my part . What do you all think?

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What a miss ;)
It could be an excellent or more if the focus was at the middle bird.

If it will happen to me-I will cry :)) (Just kidding)
I agree with Grzegorz: "Good post for near misses category"

I cant call this as near miss, but yes it can even be better if the birds were sharp. Color degradation from the bird in front (near colorless) to the bird background (more saturated colors) looks good to me. May be you can include more of surroundings (I know nothing but white snow) may conclude with more sharp area and more sharp birds (as you will gain aperture). But as a cocnclusion, yes this is a good photo. Congratulations.

I still think you've got a good moment Lesley,
should be called "rudely interupted".
It is a shame you missed the shot you went for, but a good post all the same.
Thanks for posting

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-04 12:46]

it's a near miss, but even I like the shot, It has something mystic, Very nice the freesing, okee it's not good on pof,but the efect is great, the colours are there,Yes I like the shot Lesley, good near miss shot.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-04 13:07]

Now, this would have been a STUNNING photo if you had only focussed. ;) A good miss!

Lesley, I think it's virtually impossible to get a sharp image of these small birds during take-off like this..When you do, it's like hitting the lottery! You're left to your imagination when you end-up with shots like this one. You get the coolest wing-spreads & postures... What do I think? Close, but no cigar! ;-))

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-04 15:44]

The unexpected when a perfect shot is composed and along comes the distraction to ruffle the your feathers. :)
Actually, even though this is a miss, I like the action created by the male and titmouse. The snow dropping off the female makes it an interesting view. I find the females tail feathers and her right wing almost spot on in crisp focus, alot of details. Well done anyway, I like it.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-04 15:56]

Oh what a shame, it would have been great. I still like it. I'm glad you posted it.

"Dances with birds." :)

If only... one did not need to balance the shutterspeed and aperture settings. Imagine this at 1/3000 at "sunny F16". :)

That is why we continue along this path. Nice contribution to the theme, Lesley.

This is still a great composition. Even the outfocus birds still look great as they seem to be ghosts flying away or dancing in the air. Good theme contribution.

Impresive pose, I would have been a perfect shot with a good focus. Next time...

That's a good near missed Lesley, but it could have been a great post.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-05 6:13]

1/3000 :-) Great looking pieces of snow and details of feathers on her right wing. Colours on white snowy BG. If DOF would be deeper... Good post for near misses category :-)

Points later.

If you forget the fact that it's blurred (for the good reasons you explained), this is still a beautiful shot, kind of birds ballet jumping a few centimeters above the snow. Naturally, aperture setting for a wider DOF would have helped for legibility, but lower speed would have then created blurry wings... higher ISO value, but it was set for a different situation... so this seems to be the best available limit. Anyway, I like the different poses of the 3 birds, each one expressing it's own action in this scene... and this is clearly and naturally shown here. I like this shot. Thanks for sending, Lesley.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-09 14:50]

Hi Lesley, as a Just Missed, this makes the grade, and the frustration level. This is one I call "if only . . ."
I had quite a couple of these on Saturday, shooting swallows. Just missed, shuuer pressed just too late or to early. But IF this was taken at f16, just think of the smile on your face then!

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-04-05 19:49]

I love it...nice shot. Ok for the focus.

This is quite a tapestry! Really is a good "near miss" - had you got the male and female cardinals in focus, this would have been a really unusual shot, as well as being so colorful!

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