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Hawk in flight 3 imgs
Posted By: LaRee, 05-31-2008, 07:53 PM

I took these back in March with the k10d and tamron 70-300. I don't think they are too shabby, so I thought I'd share them here. I'm so back logged with post processing. I have projects for friends etc. and I shoot so much that I have photos from last year I haven't got around to post processing. I'm trying to catch up this year and work my way back slowly. My late New Years Resolution. Yep, that's it.

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05-31-2008, 09:37 PM   #2
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These are good LaRee - the last one especially. Do you use spot metering ? Panning ? AF C . I have been playing with capturing birds in flight and well so far to sum it up I suck
05-31-2008, 09:55 PM   #3

I agree with Dave...

The last one is really good... I have tried to get shots of BIF with 20 seagulls flying all around me and never got anything this good...
Please give us wannabee Biffers a lesson in technique and settings....
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Ditto, these are awesome shots!

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I agree with everyone else here. These are nice. So far all efforts for the BIF thing for me have yielded fuzzy birds or I'm on the wrong side of them sun-wise and they're all shadowed. It's fun trying though!
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Add me to the crowd. Great series and the last is excellent. for the money, that lens always seems to do an excellent job. Great colours and nicely captured.
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I agree as well great series and look forward to seeing waht else is in the back log.
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You did a fine job on these. That third one is spot on. I have not been as successful with in flight shots.

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Wow, talk about a coincidence!

Just yesterday I found a hawk of my own hidden away on a memory card mixed in with a photoshoot I did of a family.

Your #2 looks almost exactly like the shot I found (after cropping)...and I also shot it with a Tamron 70-300!

Great series! And I really dig #3.
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What others said! Hope I have some day a change to meet a flying hawk!
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Thank you all for looking and for the kind comments. As for the particulars, I was shooting in shutter priority mode at 1/500, f 6.3, + 1ev, pattern metering, af-s. I've been shooting birds in flight (or trying to!) for about 3 years. From my experience it seems that all conditions have to line up perfectly. The sun has to be in the right place (rare), the tides and moon have to align etc. But I think that is what makes the sport, fun and frustrating but fabulously rewarding when a shot is captured well. Obviously these are big crops but the focus and exposure was good enough to stand it. My two good friends are real good bird photographers and they leave me in the dust! But I do get lucky now and then.
Thanks again for looking and commenting.
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LaRee, thanks ever so much for posting these. The shots are wonderful, but I'm so happy to find out I'm not the only one with thousands of yet-to-be processed shots! So don't feel bad. I've got a whole series of a Japanese mum display from last fall that I haven't even looked at yet!

NaCl(it's good to know I'm in good company)H2O

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