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Old Mar 16, 2004, 1:01 AM   #1
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I think this is the best of the bunch, but you all tell me. I was out birding with a group and saw nothing very close (the 13 woodducks were great, but at about 1/8 of a mile away or so they were only good scope viewing.) But as the group was walking back to our cars we saw this, a lovely male merlin just finishing eating a small bird for lunch.

Here are the other pictures in the group, tell me which you like the best:

http://www.marx7.org/~esmith/menotom...nch/index.html

camera: 10D, 100-400L @ 400 (or so) f5.6, various shutter speeds. Tripod mounted, no flash.
Photoshop: crop, sharpen in various ways, shadow/hilight boost on some, some very slight contrast.

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Old Mar 16, 2004, 3:06 AM   #2
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Eric, that's a great result you've got there. The disjointed foot on the branch saids it all.

I just wonder whether the image might lighten a fraction more without wrecking the great feather texture....

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Old Mar 16, 2004, 7:21 AM   #3
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When I saw that leg, I knew I had something special. Then when the feathers were still on the beak for a subtle sign, I just wish I had used RAW to give me more exposure latitude... I new it would be special (it was rather overcase, so exposure was not easy.)

I actually spend a long time on all these trying to get them right both with sharpening and lightness. This is actually a rather dark bird, so I didn't want to push the exposure too much. Althought the male is a bit gray-er and the female is a bit brown-er on the back. Because this was shot at 400ISO and then run through neat-image, some (I don't know about this one) look a bit odd when lightened too much.

What do you think about the pose? In the gallery there are some where the head is turned right (over the leftover leg)... I couldn't decide if that made a difference or not. (Ok I'm being picky, but I wonder about these things... it's my nature.)

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Eric, The pose in this one is great.

You are right about RAW, it would have given you a bit more leeway in terms of exposure. I use it all the time now on my D100. Even with that though there are limits to how much you can push an underexposure before the noise comes out.

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wow! wat is that leg?! looks like another bird of prey....and is that a heart hanging fromt he branch?! lol

nice shot!
i looked at the gallery and the "merlin lunch 7" looked the sharpest......but i don't think you could see the leg.....

keep up the good work....
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:shock: :shock:
talking about being at the right place at the right time.
The remaining leg leaves much to the imagination.
Great shot.


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You seem to get quite a bit of DOF for 400mm at f5.6. Whole bird seem to be in focus!.

Good shot.
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Excellent shot. I couldn’t show it to my parrot though – she would have bad dreams for a month.
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i wonder what kind of bird the victim was...
Great shot!!well done!
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Old Mar 16, 2004, 9:50 PM   #10
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Just an excellent shot! That one could belong in a book. Great work.
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