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Osprey 5 - Effortless for Nicou

Osprey 5 - Effortless for Nicou
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-11
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Marshy Point Nature Center [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-12 16:19
Viewed: 1210
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a gift for our good friend, photographer and fisherman Nicolas Amherd (nicou). Recently he commented on one of my Osprey photos, saying that they were better at fishing than he was. I donít know Nicolas personally, but I think that I must agree with him ;))

I was standing on the shore of Dundee Creek when this Osprey circled very near me and effortlessly caught this catfish. Normally Ospreys dive to catch their fish, but this one just skimmed the surface of the water and snatched the hapless fish.

I was shooting into the sun for this, so the contrasts were pretty strong. I shot in RAW, merged three exposures into an HDR, applied color curves and applied USM. I cropped in closer with this one, as suggested by others on my previous posting.

Thanks for viewing.

Aperture: F/10
Shutter Speed: 1/1250s
Metering: Spot
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 400
Focal Length: 300mm

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-04-12 16:24]

Another superb shot Werner, maybe lacking a little on contrast with the strong light but superb focus and action 'effortlessly' taking this fish. Fantastic shooting mate. Best wishes

Werner, great catch! I did a workshop to show a little more color in the bird and to tighten the cropping just a little. Hope you don't mind. I love the original photo!

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  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2010-04-12 21:38]

Fantastic shot! Werner.
I love the way the bird flying. His face looks very happy. Great POV. It's NOT easy to capture the scene like this.
Kind regards

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
  • [2010-04-12 21:54]
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Hi Werner,

Great catch of the Osprey with its catch! Very nice details and colours. You said that you were shooting in raw, so you probably didn't take a lot of shots very quickly. I would have liked to see the Osprey just after that time, so that I would see the fish flipped around head first -- they're so adept at doing that. I've only had a couple of opportunities to take such a shot, and both times I failed. Good PP. TFS.


Hi Werner,
Great caught of view and details.
Excellent action shot with great colors and light,
Excellent sharpness too,
very well done.

Great timing Werner! Looks like you clicked the shutter at just the right moment. It all looks perfectly frozen with the 1/1250s shutter speed too. It always amazes me how some birds catch fish like that. The clarity and focus on this particular bird looks excellent. I would never have guessed it was HDR! Bravo!


Hi Werner,

What can I say that has not already been said except to agree that this is a great action shot perfectly captured with nice details and colours. A polarizer would get rid of the slight glare that is on the water tfs.


Hello my friend,

Another excellent capture in a perfect timing.
Excellent POV, focus and sharpness.
Nice gift for our dear friend Nicolas.

Warm greetings and best wishes,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-04-13 3:51]


merveulleus eiamge en plein vol, quel effet avec ces belles ailes le mouvement de l'eau avec cette vaguelette, fantastique iamge.

bravo et amitiť


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-04-13 4:58]

Hello Werner! Another great capture! The Osprey strikes again! Great action shot with fine sharpness and good exposure. Very well done!


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-04-13 5:50]

Hi Werner,
An excellent 'motion' shot. Great splash, nice timing and a wonderful POV. Very natural looking. Well done !!! TFS Julie

Hola Werner
Fantastico momento de esta aguila pescadora en plena accion con un enorme pez entre sus garras un magnifico regalo para nuestro gran amigo Nicolas que sin duda se merece y agradecera

Buen trabajo
un saludo

That is a perfectly timed shot here Werner! Awesome! They make it look so easy! Nice sharpness, way to track him and get the best shot!

you are becoming the master of bird action shots Werner another amazing detailed shot hope you are printing all thes for a album or even a book
tfs regards bryan

Great moment , beautiful gift and photos.
Regards Zoran

Hi Werner,
A stunning dedication for good friend and a great photographer of this beautiful community Mr.Nicolas Amherd!!
A wonderful shot with great moment and decisive action shot,very well captured of this amazing wild life while hunting,beautiful details and well focused on the subject,a wonderful wild shot my friend.
Best Wishes

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2010-04-14 9:28]

Hi Werner,

Wonderfull action shot, a beautifull gift for your friend Nicou.
The details and texture of the wings are great, the movemnet of the water are beautifull too. Great POV and DOF, the sharpness is magic.
Have a nice day.

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