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Lens: DAL 50-200 Camera: K-x Photo Location: Local lake ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/3000s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: Nod Everet, 10-18-2010, 01:11 PM

Bird launched itself from the lake as I approched.

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10-18-2010, 03:02 PM   #2
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Nice shot. Too bad the bird and background are similar looking.
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That is a very nice image but it needed tweeting, hope that you don't mind. With the original file you can do better than this yet.

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personally i prefer the darker one.....

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Nice shot. Too bad the bird and background are similar looking.
More than likely, that's why I found it where it was!
Heinrich, thanks for the input. I plan on getting software to adjust my monitor. That may be the difference between what I see and you.
Thanks, beer_nuts.
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Nice picture of a shoveler hen. How far off the water was she when you took the shot?
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Nice picture of a shoveler hen. How far off the water was she when you took the shot?
It wasn't more than 2 foot off the moss where it was sitting. I have another shot of it from another location that isn't very flattering for the bird, but shows it leaping from the moss and preparing to catch the first grab of air with it's wings.

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Here's the un-flattering photo of the same bird in a different location launching into the air....
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I think I prefer the last shot ! But the first one is very good as well. Nice and sharp.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nod Everet Quote
Here's the un-flattering photo of the same bird in a different location launching into the air....
This shot, with the back of the bird lit up by solid sunlight, would really show off the wings colors. Most likely the moss wouldn't look any better in strong sun, but that's make the feathers really shine.

If your situation is anything like I usually have shooting birds, you were quick to get your camera on the bird at only 2 feet off the water and so well focused!

I'm working on several waterfowl shots:
ducks and geese landing towards me
1) the initial cup of the wings as the bird gets ready to land
2) the legs going down just above the water
3) the bird 'waterskiing' to a stop
preferably all with the bird looking at me

ducks and geese taking off towards me
1) running on the water (or grass, but I prefer water) to get going
2) wings on either the straight up or almost touching the water as it flaps to get off the water
3) just off the water with the wings on the down side of the flap, but legs still down
4) legs tucked and wings flapping just off the water
all preferably with the bird looking at me

I've had some luck so far with Mallards, Canadian geese, Northern Shovelers, Greaves, and such - but no shots that are exactly what I want yet. They are tough to anticipate even in great light - and great light is not a common thing.

Great job on the picture and I hope to see some more!
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