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Red Splendor
Red Splendor

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Angelus Oaks California
Date: Feb 10, 2012
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1600
Date Uploaded: Feb 11, 2012

I have been trying and trying to get some inflight pictures of song birds with terrible results and all of the sudden it just seemed to click and I got this along with some other good one's.

Place: 7 out of 296
Avg (all users): 6.8105
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 6.7257
Avg (non-participants): 7.0500
Views since voting: 1418
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 153
Comments: 19
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/03/2012 07:35:15 AM
It's great when the effort and the shot of BiF comes together. not for the lazy or auto shooter. Perseverance is the key. Great image! 7.
03/15/2012 12:09:56 AM
Thank you Weheh! Glad to see that I am not the only one that finds this to be such a challenge. I shoot about 2000 for every good one.
03/14/2012 11:44:38 PM
Woodland songbirds are extremely difficult to photograph in flight. I've been at it for years and only recently have I been getting results. Frankly, the equipment was holding me back for the longest time. I bought the Canon 1D Mark III to try to get in the game, it failed utterly because of the focus bug. I then upgraded to the 1D Mark IV and voilá! Success. Nevertheless, it's still very difficult. Some days I'm really "on" and some days not. I have to spend a lot of time getting to know each bird and where they are going to fly. Even at full burst mode, the bird will remain in frame for only 1 frame. Also, at the shutter speeds required for such shots the lens also tends to be wide open, so DOF is very shallow. Frankly, autofocus can barely keep up, even on the 1D Mark IV. So I have resorted to a combination of auto and manual focusing. Where I've had the best results, I composed the shot, went to manual focus, and waited for the bird to fly into the frame. Keep at it. Practice makes perfect.
03/08/2012 11:51:12 AM
Thanks so much everyone for taking the time to drop by and comment!
03/08/2012 08:38:29 AM
Wow - Fantastic. Birds have eluded me - capturing their image is quite a challenge and this is splentastic.
03/08/2012 02:59:28 AM
Congrats on teh front page!
03/08/2012 01:44:43 AM
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2012 10:39:00 PM
Astounding capture.
03/07/2012 10:33:17 AM
Great capture and lighting.
03/06/2012 11:12:57 PM
Lovely. Nicely displayed against the black.
03/06/2012 10:34:29 AM
Great precision shot! Lots of skill being shown here. Beautiful work. 7 from me
03/04/2012 08:07:18 PM
Super fast shutter? Amazing capture.
03/03/2012 11:59:28 AM
Very nice capture.
03/02/2012 03:00:35 PM
Cool action shot. I like the colors and the black background. Great shot.
03/01/2012 10:42:15 PM
Beautiful subject and comp. Love the color and the off center crop.
03/01/2012 08:28:59 AM
WOW THat is just about perfect!!
03/01/2012 05:40:21 AM
Splendid...not much say.
03/01/2012 01:57:00 AM
Well caught in flight great lighting and composition nice and sharp as well..Well done
03/01/2012 12:39:24 AM

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