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Valvebounce

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Apr 3, 2013
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Hi Alan.
Thanks, I thought it was very cute with the feather for its nest.
I guess the Stone Curlew knew you were there before you knew he was there, he has a beady eye on you!

Cheers, Graham.
 

AlanF

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Hi Alan.
Thanks, I thought it was very cute with the feather for its nest.
I guess the Stone Curlew knew you were there before you knew he was there, he has a beady eye on you!

Cheers, Graham.
Yes he did. They are very confident in their camouflage and I got within about 20m before he took a short flight.
 

ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
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Hi Alan.
Thanks, I thought it was very cute with the feather for its nest.
I guess the Stone Curlew knew you were there before you knew he was there, he has a beady eye on you!

Cheers, Graham.
Graham, you don't need to guess - it's for sure!
On other hand it means Alan was successful in getting in reasonable distance without scaring the bird - they use to relate on their abilities to hide but if you make some fast/strange for them movements in most cases they will flush!
 
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ISv

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Yes he did. They are very confident in their camouflage and I got within about 20m before he took a short flight.
Sorry Alan - I answer to the same post before I got to your answer down the page... on other hand we are on the same page:)!
 
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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
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"Expedition Log Day 7: It has begun to rain again and the natives appear restless."

Taken along the San Diego River the day after Thanksgiving. Ironically it was actually going after another Great Blue Heron who was much closer to me.
Any umbrella?!
In your shoos I wold crop vertically - for my taste it will make even more dramatic photo... but you don't need to be in my shoos of course!
 

Valvebounce

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Hi ISv.
I didn’t feel it was critical, more that it was a different perspective on a subjective image. Also I believe if you were to criticise an image of mine it would be a considered and constructive criticism, telling me that you felt my image was worthy of improvement.

Cheers, Graham.

I don't exactly why but it looks like cheer leader to me :LOL: - not critic at all BTW!!!
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
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Hi ISv.
I didn’t feel it was critical, more that it was a different perspective on a subjective image. Also I believe if you were to criticise an image of mine it would be a considered and constructive criticism, telling me that you felt my image was worthy of improvement.

Cheers, Graham.
I think all, well, at least most of us see things this way and want to improve. If it's valid - use it to improve and if it isn't then ignore it and in all cases don't get hurt feelings! :)
 
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TexPhoto

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Let me start by saying I shoot sports. I have never shot birds before. But when i was in Bogota Columbia, an option in the tour book was "Humming Bird Sanctuary." We were looking for a trip outside the city and this was about an hour drive. The "tour" price was $120/person, but we had a car so we just drove there. It was $16 per person.

So what I chose to shoot with was a 7D II and 400mm F4 IS DO II. I had a 5D IV, but thought the photo would need heavy cropping anyway, why not shoot tight. The skies were mostly cloudy and we ended up with about 90 minutes at the facility before it closed. My brother and son listed to the lectures, but I just shot. They move pretty fast.

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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Let me start by saying I shoot sports. I have never shot birds before. But when i was in Bogota Columbia, an option in the tour book was "Humming Bird Sanctuary." We were looking for a trip outside the city and this was about an hour drive. The "tour" price was $120/person, but we had a car so we just drove there. It was $16 per person.

So what I chose to shoot with was a 7D II and 400mm F4 IS DO II. I had a 5D IV, but thought the photo would need heavy cropping anyway, why not shoot tight. The skies were mostly cloudy and we ended up with about 90 minutes at the facility before it closed. My brother and son listed to the lectures, but I just shot. They move pretty fast.

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So now you're hooked on bird photography, right? ;) I love the one with the long sword!

Jack
 
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Valvebounce

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Hi Tex.
Some beautiful birds there, nicely shot.
I guess this might be the first time (you shoot sports, so maybe not) that you have hit that dilemma point of super fast movement, overcast light made worse by tree cover and trying to get the shutter speed high enough to completely freeze the subject without pushing the 7DII iso too high, welcome to the world of birding! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

Sooo, are you addicted yet,:unsure: itching for the next opportunity? :unsure: No, then don’t do it again or you will be!:ROFLMAO:

Cheers, Graham.

Let me start by saying I shoot sports. I have never shot birds before. But when i was in Bogota Columbia, an option in the tour book was "Humming Bird Sanctuary." We were looking for a trip outside the city and this was about an hour drive. The "tour" price was $120/person, but we had a car so we just drove there. It was $16 per person.

So what I chose to shoot with was a 7D II and 400mm F4 IS DO II. I had a 5D IV, but thought the photo would need heavy cropping anyway, why not shoot tight. The skies were mostly cloudy and we ended up with about 90 minutes at the facility before it closed. My brother and son listed to the lectures, but I just shot. They move pretty fast.

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Valvebounce

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Hi Jack.
Absolutely, I grew a thick skin in school thanks to the bullies, not too thick though, I’m always willing to learn but can shrug off pointless criticism!

Cheers, Graham.

I think all, well, at least most of us see things this way and want to improve. If it's valid - use it to improve and if it isn't then ignore it and in all cases don't get hurt feelings! :)