Bird in flight

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  1. Cheesewheel

    Cheesewheel TPF Noob!

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    Camera Model
    Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    Shooting Mode
    Manual Exposure
    Tv( Shutter Speed )
    1/50
    Av( Aperture Value )
    5.6
    Metering Mode
    Evaluative Metering
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    I've never been that good with capturing flying birds, but this is my best shot. I'm pretty sure 1/50 was a tad slow for an action shot, but the sun was hiding :(

    Is that pretty much the only thing I did wrong here?
     
  2. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    great use of dof but, unfortunately, bird is too OOF
     
  3. Cheesewheel

    Cheesewheel TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, I have a ways to go before I can manually focus moving targets. Thanks for your comment!
     
  4. shorty6049

    shorty6049 TPF Noob!

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    hope you dont mind, i played aroudn with it in PS, here's what i got, let me know if you dont want me editing it.


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  5. Cheesewheel

    Cheesewheel TPF Noob!

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    No, feel free to edit it! It looks much sharper. How did you manage that?
     
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    blatalllic TPF Noob!

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    Looks like he did a unmask sharpen....I bet its very difficult shooting moving objects...
     
  7. shorty6049

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    yeah, thats right, i used unsharp mas on it, as well as the smart sharpen, then I overlaid the original file and erased where the bird was so the background which was supposed to be blurry wouldnt appear sharpened
     
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    wow great tips shorty!!!
     
  9. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes. You are right: 1/50 sec. is too slow a shutter speed for this kind of action shot. But I like what ElShorty did with your pic and will have to read through his description of how he did this (mostly so: how he eliminated the motion blur around the wings) in his edition!!! Very good. (My ancient PS does not have "Smart Sharpen" though, hmph).

    I certainly like the motion blur in the background, and you did well in your panning! I have not come this far as yet, my bird-in-flight pics all go blurred all over. I cannot refocus manually fast enough. Ugh. Bird gone! Whoosh.
     
  10. snapforlife

    snapforlife TPF Noob!

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    I like the effect it gives
     
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    the way i got rid of the blur around the wings was by using the clone tool and just touching it up a bit so the lines were cleaner
     

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