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p.1 #1 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Still trying with these in flights. Practice, practice and more practice. You guys make it look so easy, but wait that is what experts do to make us mere mortals feel we can do it to

Your thoughts, suggestions, nits and crits are much appreciated.

Also, if someone could help me with the ID on the second would appreciate it.

Thanks for looking in and hope you enjoy.

Birdie




My First Mallard In Flight






My First ??






Not a first, but egret in flight.




Mar 14, 2013 at 03:29 AM
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p.1 #2 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Nice light and great exposures, Birdie.

For #2, I would guess Short billed dowitcher or yellowlegs.

Greg



Mar 14, 2013 at 03:45 AM
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p.1 #3 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


I think expert might soon fit you birdied! These are nice.

Alan



Mar 14, 2013 at 04:05 AM
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p.1 #4 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


#2 is a Lesser Yellowlegs. You can distinguish this from the Greater Yellowlegs by a couple things relative to the bill. First of all, the bill is roughly the same length from base to tip as the head is from the posterior most point of the head to the base of the bill. In a Greater Yellowlegs, the bill is about 1.5X as long as the above mentioned head measurement. Additionally, there is a relative upturn in the bill of a Greater Yellowlegs, while the Lesser's bill is straight.

There is also a notable size difference when they're side by side, but this is difficult to notice in isolation.

Ryan



Mar 14, 2013 at 04:17 AM
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p.1 #5 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Birdied, here are my suggestions regarding the photos.

Here are the positives: The exposure is great in all of them. The highlights aren't blown and there's nice detail in the shadows. I think the photos are appropriately sharp. The negative space is nice in that it gives the birds areas to "fly into". Eye contact is great on the Lesser Yellowlegs.

Here are my suggestions: I'm not sure how much cropping you've done, but I feel that generally there is a tad much negative space for my liking. If you can, I'd crop a little bit tighter. On shots 1 and 3, if you have any shots where the birds are giving a little better eye contact, you might want to choose those in the long run. I do realize that this doesn't happen in every sequence, though.

Good shots overall--keep them coming!

Ryan



Mar 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #6 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


You did so well, Birdie. Love the exposure, composition and all in focus you are the expert.

- Tam



Mar 14, 2013 at 05:01 AM
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p.1 #7 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Exposures are spot-on with beautiful color, and detail is nice and sharp Birdie.
I've always enjoyed your compositions and feel like you leave space because that's what you want the image to be... not because you don't have the pixels to crop tighter.
Congrats on the Mallard IF, it's my favorite.

Just keep shooting, you produce very fine images. When I go to the ponds for ducks, I literally shoot several hundred images... lots are technically "keepers" but typically there are only a few that have everything I was looking for in the image and those are the few that I post... but that's just me, and I'm much pickier now than I used to be. In other words, I just keep shooting til I get the one I want.

Post what you like and what you are proud of... trust your instincts and your eye, you're an excellent photographer.

Kirk




Mar 14, 2013 at 05:22 AM
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p.1 #8 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


excellent job on the IFs Roberta


Mar 14, 2013 at 06:29 AM
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p.1 #9 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Nice set of IFs Birdie. I really like the GH Mallard.


Mar 14, 2013 at 09:43 AM
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p.1 #10 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


The techs for your shots are always good Birdie. That includes the comps. My one suggestion is to try to capture the flyers before they get past you. And as you know, that is not always possible... ~ Ron


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p.1 #11 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


One of the advantages of coming in late is most of the helpful crits are already given

You have made such great strides in your work Birdie, you should be very proud. Your willingness to listen and apply it to your work has really payed off for you.

You offer up to wonderful shots. To add to what has already been said. For 1 the techs are spot on. Flying away shots don't work as well as lateral or flanking shots coming in. That said sometimes they do work. This one is pretty good, he has a great expression, like is looking forward to getting somewhere and the face is pretty well lit. You may want to straighten the horizon a tad

Keep it up, you're knocking them dead

Tim



Mar 14, 2013 at 02:19 PM
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p.1 #12 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Nice set, Birdie. Congrats on the Lesser Yellowleg
Socrate



Mar 14, 2013 at 03:05 PM
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p.1 #13 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


I like them

Howard



Mar 14, 2013 at 06:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Excellent shots Birdie, good job with all
David



Mar 14, 2013 at 07:19 PM
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p.1 #15 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Looking good to me


Mar 14, 2013 at 07:22 PM
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p.1 #16 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Birdie you are doing great with your BIF. Well done!
You are so lucky to get Mr. Mallard! I will be beyond excited when I get an opportunity and capture with a clear picture
BeeBalm



Mar 14, 2013 at 08:40 PM
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p.1 #17 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Don't let them fool you; with a 1D-X, IF shots are kids play!! These are well done. It takes many hundreds to get the proper angle etc. with IF stuff. That's why we keep shooting! Don


Mar 15, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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p.1 #18 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


"You guys make it look so easy". Apparently you have not seen my IFs . Good looking set Roberta. Did the yellowlegs have a partner out in front? Looks like rings on the surface of the pond caused by water droplets. Well done.


Mar 15, 2013 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #19 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Looking good. Keep it up!


Mar 15, 2013 at 01:43 AM
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p.1 #20 · In Flight Firsts and Id needed


Great set Roberta. You've really been hitting it out of the park lately.

Jim



Mar 15, 2013 at 02:39 AM
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