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  • Jacky Winter Lunch

    All shots are not up to par as I had to crouch down making movement come through in the shots.
    I had to shot under a branch which is never the best so I done as good as I could do on these.
    But this is a Jacky Winter with a just caught Caterpillar and is knocking it out a little bit or is it tenderizing the little thing
    before it is eaten.
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    1 now it is time to prepare it
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    2 Smack down
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    3 to the other side
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    4 hitting the branch
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    5 guts starting to spill
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ID:	491126 6 now it is time to enjoy the meal.

  • #2
    Excellent series Ralph and wonderful record of bird behaviour.
    Alan W

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    • Ralph
      Ralph commented
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      Alan thank you as what you have said is what I was hoping that these shots would show. So thank you.

  • #3
    Nice series, the first and last look good but I think the problem with the action shots is mainly the shutter speed. At 1/160 there is always going to be the risk of motion blur.

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    • Ralph
      Ralph commented
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      This was more down to me as I can't get good balance when I have to crouch down over and above anything else.

  • #4
    Shame about the motion blur. However, you did a great job at recording some interesting behavior.
    Canon 7D Mark II, EF-S 10-22mm, EF-S 18-135mm STM, EF 100-400mm II L, EF 100mm L Macro, EF-S 24mm STM, EF 50mm II, and a random assortment of 35mm film cameras.

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    • Ralph
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      I personally don't like the blur but I can live with it knowing how my body is under the way I had to capture the shots.

  • #5
    Great catch. Looks like he's trying to kill it!

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    • #6
      Great work Ralph. As mentioned above, the slow shutter speed contributed to the blur. When taking birds which are still, I like a 1/500th minimum (I do go slower now and then, depends on light). I have programmed a Birds-In-Flight setup (continuous shooting) on my top dial so I can turn to that instantly. Perhaps your camera has that capability.
      I Shoot A Canon

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      Courage: Is knowing it's going to hurt, and doing it anyway. Stupidity: Is the same

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      • Ralph
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        My camera doesn't have that what you have got. And I could see what was in the view finder and went with it. Not looking at other parts of setting's.
        Yep my mistake and I am in continuous mode all the time with the camera. This day and where this was made it hard for me and it was in the shade as well.
        But honestly I can live with them how they are and I also understand that others makes comments to try to help.
        Though once it is done it is just that done and all I can do is try to do better next time.

      • Isac
        Isac commented
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        I bet you will love this setting on your camera. After you register your settings for action shots, you just hold a preset button (best on the back of the camera) which instantly changes settings to shoot high speed burst and auto tracking.
        https://youtu.be/Z-E38IwB49k

      • Ralph
        Ralph commented
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        I will look at this in daylight hours as if I like it I can then set it up.
        Most of what it has said to have your camera set to is what I am doing now.
        I will look at my book on this as well as all points need to be there for my thick head to understand it all.

    • #7
      decent action series here.
      you the issues with the slower shutter speed
      I would either clone out that vertical thingy on right hand side, or crop a tad closer (I know you gonna tell me that was how it was, but just my thoughts
      Stephen Davey. Nikon Shooter

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      • Ralph
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        Stephen I did take out one of the weed stems but got a little too lazy and this is the truth of the matter.
        I did think of cropping tighter but I then thought people would say you have left no room to breath.
        Plus I am 5 or so outing's behind in posting and this was in the back of my mind as I want to get them done.
        So I just cut corners which washes up as lazy.

    • #8
      I love all the images.

      I am thankful you edited out or repositioned the camera the foreground bokeh that is color white-is.

      If possible kindly edit out the brown stalk that somewhat reminiscent of a vertical film streak

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      • Ralph
        Ralph commented
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        The long thing on the right side is a weed stem. I did clone one out but then got lazy.
        It is not possible to edit out anymore as I have posted them and this is how they will stay.
        As I am not into post then making changes to suit other peoples choices.
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