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photoblog image Flying with pride

Flying with pride

One thing I've learn't in photography is that good shot opportunities come when you least expect them. I stopped by at a Macdonald's earlier this month to grab a drink and just as I was returning to the car, I spotted some birds flying high. I quickly dropped my drink and reached for the camera, changed to shutter priority and thus came this shot. Apart some sharpening in iphoto, this is pretty much straight out of the camera.

Flying with pride

One thing I've learn't in photography is that good shot opportunities come when you least expect them. I stopped by at a Macdonald's earlier this month to grab a drink and just as I was returning to the car, I spotted some birds flying high. I quickly dropped my drink and reached for the camera, changed to shutter priority and thus came this shot. Apart some sharpening in iphoto, this is pretty much straight out of the camera.

comments (19)

  • Samira
  • United States
  • 19 Dec 2006, 01:11
Wonderful. It almost looks like she was posing for you, frozen on the sky. Good job!
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Samira, glad you like.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 19 Dec 2006, 05:49
well done dotun. i guess all that hanging around fast food joints throwing fries in the air pays off eventually. smile
Dotun Ayodeji: lol...thanks Nev!
Haha, nice one Dotun! This guy looks like he checking you out for food, drink, money, and whatever else you had on you at the time. Super image, well done! You be safe too, on your trip to Nigeria. Have a good christmas if we don't get to exchange pleasantries nearer the time!
  • Louis
  • 19 Dec 2006, 07:42
Oh this nev, just love his comment grin

This is absolute brilliant - I am suitably jealous.
  • P.J.
  • 19 Dec 2006, 08:10
Amazing capture with no blur... awesome! I also love the blue of the sky!
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks PJ, I agree with you sometimes you just need no blur!
  • Mal
  • 19 Dec 2006, 08:29
I could cut my finger on all that great sharp detail Dee, great stuff. Mal
Dotun Ayodeji: lol..thanks Mal,wouldn't mind ur hand cut just a little smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire,. UK
  • 19 Dec 2006, 08:30
Superbly caught. Did you clear up your drink?

Just as an observation, I see the subject is very central. It's usually a good idea with moving subjects to give them some room to move into, so in this case, moving the bird to right third of frame would have fulfilled that guideline.

That small observation aside, this is incredibly sharp and very well exposed. Usually for such bright subject the camera would under-expose by a stop or two.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Chunter, I understand what you mean, just like this image ( http://dotun.shutterchance.com/photoblog/24107.htm ) I took a while back, that guideline was followed. But sometimes when birding you really have less time to follow such guidelines. I wanted to crop it to seem like your idea but I will be loosing pixels, so I decided to leave it as is. I appreciate your critique.
Nice reflex Dotun, you have captured well. The details are great. smile
Dotun Ayodeji: Thank you very much, I really expecting to take any shots that day.
  • shiv
  • India
  • 19 Dec 2006, 10:15
so close at 85mm...!?!
nice shot,
lovely tones...
Dotun Ayodeji: it was flying just right above my head Shiv, it was hard to resist a shot.
  • paul
  • 19 Dec 2006, 11:01
fantastically sharp and well focussed - a great capture
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Paul!
  • Sola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Dec 2006, 12:53
Dotun this is brilliant, 85mm wow!!
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Sola, I love that lens.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 19 Dec 2006, 12:58
Well captured, well sharpened.

Suby
Dotun Ayodeji: thanks Suby, glad you like.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 19 Dec 2006, 14:19
Nice action shot! I can see each individual feather. That cloud breaking up the blue sky helps the shot quite a bit.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 19 Dec 2006, 14:53
I love the shadows on the bird, Dotun. And I can feel the wind beneath his wings. smile
  • Abi
  • 19 Dec 2006, 18:08
Last minute comments scores out of 10= Compostion 12/10 Lighting 9/10 idea 7/10 Merri Xmas and A happy blogging new year
Nice!! like the reflection of the sun on the outer frame of the bird........nice 1
Well,well,well Dotun. I have been trying for the last couple of months to get a shot like this and have become increasingly frustrated at not getting it. Most of the time, the birds that come this close to me are so bloody fast anyway, that by the time I've pressed the shutter release, they are half a kilometre away!! Great shot buddy. KInd regards, Neil.
If only I could fly... great picture Dotun !
  • Kozy
  • Lanham, MD
  • 20 Dec 2006, 13:41
Its perfect for a post card.

You can almost feel the 'freeness' that the bird is feeling.
No worries just flying.......

Nice shot!

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