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Flying Magpie

Flying Magpie
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Copyright: Donald Ainsworth (deains) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-28
Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Pets
Camera: OLYMPUS E410, Olympus 40-150 mm
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-29 7:35
Viewed: 1160
Points: 13
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I was out yesterday with my dog Magpie, he was running circles in the yard with his Christmas present, a toy duck. I was following him with the camera on the sports setting trying to get a good shot of him. He was named after the black & white bird, the magpie, since he is black & has some white on his breast & feet. Here he shows he can also fly like the magpie, with his ears flapping & all four feet off the ground as he clears my brick walk. I would have liked more to the right to give a sense of going somewhere but it was too busy so this is a cropped view. Backyard photography is always hard to get a pleasing background. Posted for pet lovers!

Thanks to all who view or critique! Hope you enjoy! :} Don

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  • Great 
  • Popye Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 154] (802)
  • [2007-12-29 7:59]

I love the composition, with the path underneath your dog. Exposure was handled very well. Dog a bit OOF, but it is not an easy shot.
Good one

Hi Don
Nice and shoot at the right time .
No snow there ? we have tons
greetings to you and Nancy from Montreal


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-12-29 8:13]
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Sorry Jan, for me focus on the dog is rather good... Nice pan-along action, Don. The bricks immediately under the dog are OOF because of the motion blur. Could have been more so if you hadn't used the sports programme, but speed priority on 1/125 or slower... but then you'd have less "margin" for panning with a wrong speed. Just exercise and play with it, you'll see it will go fine. It will definitely be easier if you give Magpie some space, so take him out in a field instead of the back yard ;o)).

Compo-wise there is room for some improvements, imo. The top left corner, for instance: remove the borderstones by cloning with grass... I'm also not too fond of the border on the right hand side as now it sort of looks like the dog will bump his head. Last, you're right about the space on the right, it is needed. And you could have zoomed out another 10mm...
Hey, just my 2 cents ;o)

Anyway, TFS!

Hello Donald

Excellent action shot with wonderful motion.
I know the real story ,but it looks like Magpie has rescued the duck from the walkway from some oncoming threat.LOL.
Well done,the POV is excellent.

All the best for 2008

Hello Donal
Excellent timing...
Wonderful picture

Hello Donald,
Upon opening this image I was about to inform you this is not a magpie it is a duck... but then, OK!
Funny action has been captured, well framed...
But I still wonder why so many dogs love to carry things..!
Pablo -

I like the action shot of this dog, especially with the toy in its mouth. Compostion could be better (less centralised?) but I do like the idea of the dog jumping over the brick path like this. Good panning technique to keep the dog in focus
Thanks for sharing

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