Red Kites

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Darren Turner, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Darren Turner

    Darren Turner XProPhotographer

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  2. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    Birds in flight can be tricky, even more so when the light is poor and the skies are dull, but you've done well here Darren.
    After your last ones I said you'd get better ones next time and it looks like I was right, and I think if you can get there when the sun is shining with a blue sky you'll get even better ones I'm sure...
     
  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Very nice Darren. And the top one's fitted with machine guns I see! :)
     
  4. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    not so sure about the first one, i think the red and purple colour shift on the wings ruins it (obviously not your doing) and the light isn't quite right ...
    the second one though is better in every respect, the light is really good - a bit of warmth from the sun seems to have caught the bird which works well against the dark sky and makes a lot of the tones of the feathers ... no colour shift at all ... and compositionally in a completely different class to the first one.
    if someone asked me if these 2 images were taken by the same person, if i didnt know better id say no way...
    i dont rate the first one at all, but the second one ... as someone who knows little about this sort of photography ... is say is exceptionally good ... it even doesn't have those things on its wings in the second one!
     
  5. Darren Turner

    Darren Turner XProPhotographer

    look Hamish you should think you self lucky they are half in focus never mind worrying about colour shift..these are best 2 out of 16GB of Raws.........embarrassingly.........lol

    yes glen i agree next trip will be a clear blue sunny day for sure........that bit of sun that came out for 5 mins at end of day made a big difference to the under lighting of the birds.

    I WILL try again..........lol

    Daz
     
  6. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't be embarrassed ... i certainly cant do that sort of photography ... it stresses me right out and i give up
    the point i was really trying to get across is that the second of the 2 is a very very good photo in my books ... and this sort of thing often doesn't do a lot for me

    just do what you did for the second photo ;)
     
  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    And the composition works well in the second. Actually I guess your success rate is pretty typical for this type of photography when you think of the weeks nature cameramen spend filming things like monkeys in the jungle just to get a few seconds of footage for a wildlife documentary!
     
  8. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    i completely agree...
    if it was easy enough to get a good shot in one shot then this would be a different hobby altogether
     
  9. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Like the lighting in #2 - nice warmth and really shows the detail in the feathers.

    How did you have the camera set-up Darren?
     
  10. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    hey, im worried if i have offended you Darren ... Hannah says i have a big gob ... :)
    if i do offend anyone feel free to tell me ... don't beat around the bush like ... i probably need telling!
     
  11. Laurie Parker

    Laurie Parker New Member

    He's too daft to be offended lol
     
  12. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Ah, solidarity amongst the nature photographers. That's what I like to see!! ;)
     
  13. Darren Turner

    Darren Turner XProPhotographer

    Nah Hamish you cant offend me if ya tried am too chilled out kinda guy, Lauries been trying for years & failed.........haha
    (plus if you did ever manage to offend me i would hack & close do ya forum permanently LMAO)

    As for set up i had it in Aperture Priority & F5 ish& let cam choose shutter speed as am crap with thing like this, also on Al Servo tracking & 9 point focus squares.

    Daz
     
  14. Laurie Parker

    Laurie Parker New Member

    pmsl Darren you could hack your way out of a blackberry bush lovey, and awww luvs ya really sweetcheeks :p
     

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