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Fresh catch

Fresh catch
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Copyright: Dilshan Mahdi Hussainmiya (dilshan74) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 66 N: 1214] (6696)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-24
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Action, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300s DSLR, Sigma 50-500mm HSM APO DG f/4.0-6.3 OS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-11 21:25
Viewed: 2101
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An egret flying off with a freshly caught river fish. Tracking a bird in flight is very challenging and rewarding when you get a keeper. The timing aside, proper technique is vital to getting a sharp shot with the correct exposure. I always shoot in manual despite some who swear by the AV mode. I find manual shooting mode gives me the utmost control in how the final image turns out, provided I composed correctly and picked the right moments to capture. The exposure meter does get fooled now and then, especially shooting white feathered birds. Therefore I always underexpose by -1 EV or -1.3 EV by increasing the shutter speed accordingly while keeping the aperture at f-stop 6.3- ensuring the DOF is kept as shallow as possible to blur the Bg. WB was set to Sunlight and ISO kept to 200-400 max. Hope this info helps those aspiring birders and please feel free to share your thoughts and tips as we are always learning and improving ourselves through time and experience....

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-08-11 22:24]

Hi Dilshan...
Beautiful shot with so great timing...
Beautiful scene...
Have a nice weekend...

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-08-11 23:02]

Hi Dilshan,
An awesome capture of this egret in flight holding its prey between its beak!
A very sharp image with perfect light management. Absolute details in its white feathers.
Well done for this neat Nature shot.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

Hi Dilshan...beautiful focus and details. Great tones and light..excellent shot.


Hi Dilshan
perfect capture of active egret. great timing.
outstanding clarity of scene. fine natural colors.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-08-12 6:27]

Remarkable sharpness and clarity on this in-flight nature shot with every detail of your subject visible. Lighting is reveals textures and tone is the feathers.
Very Well Done

Ciao Dilshan

An impressive in-flight capture!
And good he for sure looks, wonderful
colours and great details in the plumage...
Good eye contact with the little fellow too..!


Sergio ♣

Hello Dilshan,an excellent shot of the egret, nicely placed in the frame.
The sharpness is perfect, we can even see droplets of water coming from its feet.
Good bokeh complements the scene.
Interesting and informative notes.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hello Dilshan,
This is very special and very beautiful. What a great capture! And an informative note. Thank you and best wishes.

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