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Old Apr 12, 2005, 6:15 AM   #1
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I really enjoy this "beast" sitting on this beautiful red flower and the green foliage [in retrospect, I should have increased the DOF to get the flower stamen in total focus, but, the moment has gone, the bird [er... beast] has flown
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Old Apr 12, 2005, 6:18 AM   #2
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Another flying bee, a little better than the last, but not perfect [yet]
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Great shots here Jake, especially the Beast. Hey, this learning process is never ending is it. I now realize I should have been back farther away when taking the flying shots and the exposure comp is really working on me. One way for white birds, another way for black birds, another way for sky background, and another way for other backgrounds. Oh man...................:whack:

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One way for white birds, another way for black birds, another way for sky background, and another way for other backgrounds

And all has to be changed and set before the bird has flown away [I've tried calling them back, but they don't understand english]

That's what makes it fun, isn't it. I think if it was straight forward, I would soon get bored.



Regards Houston [looking forward to that peregrine shot, diving at 350km/hr, at the moment of impact as it bumps it's prey !!!!]


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These are wonderful shots, Jake. The first one was composed with a great deal of thought and preparation; I'm sure that you intentionally set the red directly in front of the out of focus green, which provides an extremely effective dynamic color contrast. The print would look good on a magazine cover.
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Nice shots Jake, I have to say that I dread seeing these guys, we get plagues of grasshoppers (locusts) and Ive driven through swarms of them on my courier run, nothing smells worse than baking grasshopper in ones truck motor:-)
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The first one was composed with a great deal of thought and preparation; I'm sure that you intentionally set the red directly in front of the out of focus green, which provides an extremely effective dynamic color contrast. The print would look good on a magazine cover.


Thanks Norm, I must admit to being a "chance" photographer, I took a walk in our small "birdgarden" [developed by a particular resident grassbird], which is a section in our yard which we have puposely left overgrown and added a whole bunch of indigenous grasses and plants to attract insects which in turn attractbirds [like a whole biosphere in your back yard]. It is very successful. Anyway, I chanced on this grasshopper on this flower, and that is what caught my eye, so I fired away at different angles [he kept dodging me], and the result is as above, which I am quite pleased with.

Thanks Julie, I don't particularily like these creatures, but we don't have a plague, and also they are food for the birds, so they do attract them.




{I have since done a bit PS trickery and fixed the OOF stamen, it now looks better}


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