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A Yellow Bird Taking Off from a Branch
Contest Number: 54 Contest Theme: Birds Lens: DA-L 55-300 @ 70mm Camera: Pentax k-x Shutter Speed: 1/1500s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: wahid_satu, 02-28-2011, 08:47 AM

My submission for this month's contest, also my very first submission to PF's monthly contest. A testament to the k-x's speed and versatility of the 55-300 kit lens, this image is a composite of three pictures of the same bird taken using the high speed continuous shooting mode. The lower right corner portion where I put the image title is actually an empty part left after the stitching. I tried to crop it out but then the lower left branch would be cropped out too, leaving the bird without a starting point, reducing the impact of the picture.

Stitched using GIMP. The right stitching line should be obvious, but what about the left line? Can anybody tell me?

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03-04-2011, 05:52 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Hey, I enjoyed following the process of your photo. I am pretty new to all of this stuff so I had no idea this was a stitched photo when I looked at it in the contest. I thought it was three different birds following each other through the forest canopy. I would have cropped out the branch and left off the title portion, which is distracting. I did a quick crop myself and it did not lose impact as it is not obvious to me the birds is taking off from that branch. I would also have cropped out some of the left and give the bird in front more space in the right frame to fly into.

But, in the first place I would have been able to capture this image as it is beyond my skill level at the moment.

Great job and great stitching work. I would never have known if you had not mentioned it.
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Hi Tess,

It's nice to know that you like my work. It's really not that difficult to take, though you'll need a bit of luck. The trick is to find the place where there are a lot of birds. I went to the biggest aviary in my country and searched for a place where most of them hang out for food and such. I set the k-x to Tv @ 1/1250 sec, auto ISO, Hi speed and a good focal length where it is wide enough so I can follow the bird's movement easily yet long enough so I could get enough details of the bird (settled for 70mm), and waited. I took a lot of pictures, almost all of them not good because the birds were either going away or towards me; the k-x's (and probably the lens') AF is not quick enough to get them. This yellow one was done eating and looking like it was going to fly, so i press shutter. I was right, and luckily it was flying at a right angle to me so the AF doesn't hunt. Got that three pics before it got away. I regret that I didn't take another photo of the background so I can fill the void.

Try it. It's a lot of fun, and very satisfying when you get it right. And thanks for the comment.
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Just a very nice job. Thank you for explaining how you accomplished this! I have the K-x and will have to give this a try.


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