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Old May 23, 2012, 3:14 PM   #1
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Default Crane on the Colorado river in Glen Canyon

I already shared this in the olympus mft forum but figured worth sharing here.

Olympus E-PL2 with Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6, had the OIS on as I was on a raft when I shot this.


crane in shade glen canyon 20120424 by ramcewan, on Flickr


crane in flight glen canyon 20120424 by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Old May 23, 2012, 6:39 PM   #2
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I looove that first one. very unique and interesting setting and really captures that air of aluf observation they have about them. The sandrock draws the eye to the subject beautifully and the vegetation makes an interesting frame for him to sit in. I even like that he's standing in the shade (with his head nicely highlighted) to get out of the hot sun. I'd be framing that one up. the second one is nice too(would've liked to see the top of his wing) I think I'd like it more if you hadn't included the 1st for comparison
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I really like the second one. the contrast between the rock and the bird really works for me. It is a bummer you lost the top of the wing. . . but that happens sometimes . . . Both are great shots.
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Bil and Mugmar,

Thanks for looking and posting your comments.

I also think the first shot is very nice with the bird sitting in the shade. I have a few more which had the bird more on center and it wasn't as interesting as this one was.

Using a mirror-less camera with contrast detection auto focus it is very hard to get a moving object shot like the second one. I was just very lucky that I was snapping away at the bird in the shade and had the focus locked when the bird took flight. I wish I had just grabbed the top of the wing too but overall I was happy just to capture the moment of flight, the strong wings beating the air.
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Very, very nice series ramcewan! I like them both. The second one (in my opinion) is enhanced by the fact that you clipped the wing. It adds a dramatic feel of the bird taking flight!

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From the look of all the bird s__t on the rock, he must love that spot. Number two is fine. In number one, the Heron is lost in the background.
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Nice shots. Because of the almost monotone nature of them, I wonder how they would look in B/W.
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