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720,000 attempts to perfection
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:42:11 AM »
The North American photographer Alan Macfadyen sought the perfect picture of a bird touching the water, and after 720,000 attempts he came to this.


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720,000 attempts to perfection
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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2015, 09:48:35 AM »
The North American photographer Alan Macfadyen sought the perfect picture of a bird touching the water, and after 720,000 attempts he came to this.


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It sure is a great shot...I know I wouldn't have had enough patience to pull it off.
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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2015, 10:37:30 AM »
The North American photographer Alan Macfadyen sought the perfect picture of a bird touching the water, and after 720,000 attempts he came to this.


Awesome. Great shot.

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2015, 11:17:56 AM »
Its really blurry, I would of deleted it lol

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2015, 12:39:14 PM »
Maybe if he had used 7dmk2, he would've gotten his shot much sooner. Too bad he used nikon.
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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2015, 01:00:01 PM »
Even after so many attempts he got the shutter speed wrong.

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2015, 01:21:33 PM »
He`s not North American; he`s from Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland as the newspaper article states. They breed them tough down there.

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2015, 01:59:34 PM »
Maybe if he had used 7dmk2, he would've gotten his shot much sooner. Too bad he used nikon.
When he began his search for the "perfect image" did not exist 7D Mark II. But if he had used 1D Mark IV could have achieved the aim of "only" 50,000 attempts. ::)

Nikon sucks, really. :P

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2015, 02:03:26 PM »
Even after so many attempts he got the shutter speed wrong.
Yes, the shutter speed is not fast enough to say that reached perfection. Does he tried so obsessed extract the maximum dynamic range at ISO100? ???

If trying to 1DX could have something even closer to the "perfection". :-X

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2015, 03:10:22 AM »
Thanks for sharing, ajfotofilmagem!

Could someone of you please tell me if you have access to the shooting data and if I didn't read or search properly for EXIF or else or if you're just guessing from the look of the picture.

And although my first thought about it was "wrong shutter speed", too, I must say the biggest tragedy of it is that Mr. Joseph Curtis for Mailonline wasn't able to add an at least decent portrait of Mr. McFadyen to his article  ::)
(Maybe it was the guy from "Mercury Press", but who cares...)
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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2015, 03:52:53 AM »
A mistake by the journalist is to describe the two kingfishers facing each other as "female": the one on the left is male.
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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2015, 04:47:26 AM »
It seems churlish to criticise, especially when I don't have any diving kingfisher shots to compare with his, but
4,200 hours is two years of working weeks. I'd be pretty disappointed if I couldn't get a sharp shot in that time!

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2015, 05:20:12 AM »
I'd hazard a guess and say it's probably more a tracking issue here than a shutter speed one.

We have malachite kingfishers in my area and even with shutter speeds in excess of 1/5000th, you do not get maximum sharpness if your tracking isn't spot on.

These birds are explosive and travel short distances extremely quickly. Of course, the close in crop of this will magnify the lack of perfection even more
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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2015, 08:03:44 AM »
Thanks for sharing, ajfotofilmagem!

Could someone of you please tell me if you have access to the shooting data and if I didn't read or search properly for EXIF or else or if you're just guessing from the look of the picture.

And although my first thought about it was "wrong shutter speed", too, I must say the biggest tragedy of it is that Mr. Joseph Curtis for Mailonline wasn't able to add an at least decent portrait of Mr. McFadyen to his article  ::)
(Maybe it was the guy from "Mercury Press", but who cares...)
Yes, the picture showing Mr. Macfadyen posing with his Nikon is terribly blurry. It makes me think that the newspaper dismissed all photographers, and the journalists made this portrait using a cell phone ...

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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2015, 09:13:36 AM »
Hi.
I read the article twice, I couldn't find where it said North American, what I did find was this,
Mr McFadyen, from the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland, if I'm mistaken please feel free to bring it to my attention!  ;D
However, that doesn't change the fact that it is a stunning shot, and the man must have the patience of a saint and an understanding family.
Thanks for sharing this.

Cheers, Graham.

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The North American photographer Alan Macfadyen sought the perfect picture of a bird touching the water, and after 720,000 attempts he came to this.


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Re: 720,000 attempts to perfection
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