Great Egret Takeoff and Flight (5 Shots)

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  1. Rekd

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    From Barona Golf Course in San Diego.

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    This is the very first time I've been able to get a somewhat clear BIF. Sorry if it's overkill. Not PP'd except crop/re-size and the border. CC always welcome.
     
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    Good first BIF series. White birds are a terror -- getting them without blowing out some whites and underexposing other parts is extremely difficult and you've done pretty well. I think #1 and #2 would benefit from a bit of a crop to take the bird out of the center. My favorite is #4 -- the light is very pretty. I just wish he had his face a bit lit-up.
     
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    Thanks.

    We're going back to the resort this weekend, this time I'll have my new Canon 70-200 f2.8 L II :thumbup:

    If I catch this guy again I'll go about it a bit differently.
     
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    Excellent! You're going to open up a whole new world for yourself with that lens :)

    One other suggestion that may be helpful ... bird photographs tend to have more impact if the bird is looking more in your direction than facing away
     
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    Nice job...I agree with Ian on his comments. White birds are hard to expose right. For me i shot in raw format and I try to under expose the white on the bird...makes it a bit easier to post process.

    Look forward to more!
     
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    I LOVE #3. What did you bump the ISO up to for the 4th shot? Seems like a lot of noise, esp. noticeable around his wings. It's a real shame as the furthest wing flapping just above the water is incredible!

    #5 is nice, but a *little* too dark for my taste.
     
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    Thanks, Ian. Always appreciate advice, and yours is usually good.

    Eric, I haven't switched to raw yet. It's on my list.

    I've about got the 3 basic settings to where I can choose a setting and have it come out close the first time (ISO, shutter speed and aperture, but I haven't attempted to take on metering yet. I've paid much more attention to what I need to look for when composing, ie white birds against dark backgrounds, white-wash at the beach etc.

    SecondShot, I was shooting at 1/4000 and 2000 ISO messing around with a couple of fish that were battling it out with the ducks when I saw this guy. I started walking towards him slowly taking a few shots knowing he'd be taking off real soon so I didn't try to change the settings. As he flew away I was turning towards the sun. Those last few shots were literally one second apart from each other and the apertur went from 9 to 36

    Here's #3:

    Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    Exposure: 1/4000 sec
    Aperture: f/9.0
    Focal Length: 95 mm
    ISO Speed: 2000
    Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
    Flash: Off, Did not fire

    File Size: 2.2 MB
    File Type: JPEG
    MIME Type: image/jpeg
    Image Width: 2048
    Image Height: 1365
    Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
    Bits Per Sample: 8
    Color Components: 3
    Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
    X-Resolution: 72 dpi
    Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
    Date and Time (Modified): 2010:06:26 15:18:48
    Artist: Matt Finley
    YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
    Copyright: Matt Finley
    Exposure Program: Shutter speed priority AE
    Date and Time (Original): 2010:06:26 15:18:48

    Here's #4:

    Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    Exposure: 1/4000 sec
    Aperture: f/16.0
    Focal Length: 95 mm
    ISO Speed: 2000
    Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
    Flash: Off, Did not fire

    File Size: 3.0 MB
    File Type: JPEG
    MIME Type: image/jpeg
    Image Width: 5184
    Image Height: 3456
    Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
    Bits Per Sample: 8
    Color Components: 3
    X-Resolution: 1
    Y-Resolution: 1
    Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
    Date and Time (Modified): 2010:06:26 15:18:49
    Artist: Matt Finley
    YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
    Copyright: Matt Finley
    Exposure Program: Shutter speed priority AE
    Date and Time (Original): 2010:06:26 15:18:49

    Here's #5:

    Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    Exposure: 1/4000 sec
    Aperture: f/36.0
    Focal Length: 95 mm
    ISO Speed: 2000
    Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
    Flash: Off, Did not fire

    File Size: 2.4 MB
    File Type: JPEG
    MIME Type: image/jpeg
    Image Width: 2048
    Image Height: 1365
    Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
    Bits Per Sample: 8
    Color Components: 3
    Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
    X-Resolution: 72 dpi
    Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
    Date and Time (Modified): 2010:06:26 15:18:50
    Artist: Matt Finley
    YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
    Copyright: Matt Finley
    Exposure Program: Shutter speed priority AE
    Date and Time (Original): 2010:06:26 15:18:50
     
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    Here's a little tighter crop from #3

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