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The mystical ones

The mystical ones
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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: 2011-11-16
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Action, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300s DSLR, Sigma 50-500mm HSM APO DG f/4.0-6.3 OS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-17 2:03
Viewed: 2876
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Recently I have been experimenting with additional lighting when it comes to capturing in-flight shots of birds who are in a short to medium range distance from the camera. The trouble with shooting egrets in good light is there is always some shadow information lost in trying to expose its feathers in this "good" light. So on this day I decided to use the over cast conditions to my advantage using a SB-700 fill flash mounted to my camera. This means setting it up to operate in 1/320 sec FP high sync flash mode. It provides good amount of fill light that if successfully bounced off the subject, brings out subtle details and removes nasty shadows under the parts of the plumage that does not receive much natural light in these low light conditions. IT requires loads of patience and a bit of luck to try and get that shot where the image looks natural and does not have that flash used effect. I dialed in an ISO of 500 in manual exposure mode with a shutter speed high enough to avoid blurring of fast moving bird. I think it worked as anticipated and I am grateful for any critiques or suggestions on how to improve on this.

Image was cropped by 40% and pp work done on the 12 bit NEF file in LR 3.0.

Thanks for viewing....

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-11-17 2:13]

Hi Dilshan...
Great shot with so great timing...
Beautiful presentation...

Hi Dilshan...this is a beautiful shot...wonderful focus and panning with nice soft tones and colors. Excellent.


Love the artistic approach, Dilshan!

Perfect details and marvelous light on this tender and lovely bird.
A complementary BG enhances the overall appeal of the picture.

You have achieved another milestone in your bird photography I must say!

Best regards,

Hello Dilshan, I am not sure that I understand all the technicalities of how you took the shot, but I do know that you were successful!
The egret is caught in flight with no obvious blur,no OE, and all its' details are very clearly visible.
The bokeh is subtle and helps to create a beautiful shot.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-11-17 14:01]

Hi Dilshan,
another super-sharp photograph, I will be surprised if there are many people who can give a advice on in-flight bird shots - you are the master and we are the pupils.
In this shot I find the dark area in the BG a little distracting even although its blurred.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2011-11-17 19:29]

Hi Dilshan,
Great shot with excellent timing. Beautiful presentation.
Well done.

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