Holy crap!!! What perfect timing!!!These are FANTASTIC shots!!! These are contest winners, I don't care what anybody says!!Did you just push down on the shutter release and let the frames fly as you kept following the birds?Really, Really nice, I can't say it enough!!
Thank You Ron, Not just hold down the shutter button, before you following the bird, you have to learn how individual bird wings moves before they take the prey. In this particular shot, I normally shot 60 frames on one bird to get one frame right.
Paul will be happy to hear about the number of frames you shot! LOL We were just having a conversation about that today.These really are great shots, National Geographic type photos.
You just keep pulling treasures out and sharing with us! Timing on that first pic is amazing!About the second pic, I see this bird with flared wings as if coming in for a landing, or is it coming for what appears to be a fish (under its left wing appears to be a fish tail)? I see the water and the birds reflection. My question is how did you blend the horizon and water to appear as one?Thanks for the most excellent and dramatic photos!
Parker, on the second picture, it was a water snake that got caught by this bird. How did I blend the horizon and water to appear as one? When you shoot 600mm lense, you only have 4-10 degree angle of view. Therefore, since the angle from my camera is on top of this bird, the horizon will not appears in the frame. Also, I think these shots the bird only 20-30 yrd. away. If you have a chance, go rent this lense or buy one, and you will find out how useful for birds shooting.
I took a harder look at pic and now I see that my fishtail is actually the snakes head with its reflection in the water! I really appreciate you taking the time to explain what was going on and how the finished product was achieved in that wonderful photo.
I thought you were painting! LOLBoth exceptionally spectacular pictures! As Ron says definately National Geographic material.How is it that on all your pictures there is no evidence of grainyness the blue skys and the smothe water is evenly textured unlike the majority of my photos. Is this because you shoot raw then convert it, or do you clean it up in post processing?
Paul, Thanks for your comments. The grainyness is hard to see on D3 or D3s, unless you shoot on high ISO 1600 or above. However, sometime I couldn't see any noise on high ISO 1600 as long I have enough lighting. Also, Parker have a same question about the blue skys, please see my previous comments for that. About the smothe water, if no wind on the day I shoot, I concentrated the actions on top of the water.
Wow, what a wonderful shot rivals anythin g I saw at the Wildlife Photographer of the year Exhibition earlier in the year. What a wonderful blog, I just found it. Makes me want to learn more and more about what my Nikon will do for me! I'll be back for more inspiration.
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