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Old Jul 22, 2005, 10:47 PM   #1
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Came upon this baby swallow sitting in some trees. Along comes the Mom and starts feeding it. I had very tough conditions with lots of cover I could barely get a shot through. Without the flash I would have had no pictures at all but the flash created a glare off the tight tunnel I had through the branches. Anyway I did the best I could with them.

This is a tight crop to remove some of the glare. You can see there is quite a bit of noise even after using Noise Ninja. I took these at ISO 1000 at 500mm.



This is the full shot pre crop you can see there is a lot of glare from the left where there was a branch.




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Old Jul 22, 2005, 11:35 PM   #2
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Fabulous moment captured. By the looks of things you must have been very very close. I don't notice noise or concern myself with glare in shots like this, I just relish the moment and admire the photographer who caught it. Lovely job, boy, that beak is shoved one long way down the tube.
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 11:43 PM   #3
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Hi Normcar, Looks like you are a night owl like me.

Yes I was within about 15 feet. It was so thick I snuck in pretty close. I was bummed at first they did not come out cleaner but then I decided I was darn lucky and should be glad for what I did get.

Yes I was quite surprised when I looked at the photos and saw her head halfway down the babys throat, those beaks look sharp and the whole action took just a fraction of a second. The Mom didn't hang in the air at all she just shoved it in there and was gone.
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The Mom didn't hang in the air at all she just shoved it in there and was gone.
I know, and that's one of the reasons I'm extremely impressed.
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Old Jul 23, 2005, 6:19 AM   #5
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WOW! Awsome captures, Zoomn.
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Old Jul 23, 2005, 6:33 AM   #6
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wow, great shots, must have been hard to get, Id be pretty pleased with them if they were mine.
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Old Jul 23, 2005, 12:52 PM   #7
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Nice shots zommn. These little fellows are hard to shoot as they move so fast.
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