Jen Carrick  

Birds in Flight by Jen Carrick

January 2020 - Birds in Flight

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I am not really into bird photography but I did have fun trying to get a good focus on a few of them!

1/640 at F10, Fl 124.3 ISO 300

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5 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I think you did get a good focus lock on them. It is not easy with birds moving a fast in flight as ducks taking off.

What I would suggest is possible cropping some off of the right side. Their attitude in flight (particularly the one in the lower right corner) is interesting but too close to the edge of the image almost dragging my eye out fo the scene. Perhaps, depending on what was in the original you might have left more room on the right …

Good catch on the focus for a difficult subject. Thank you for sharing it with us Jen.   Posted: 01/02/2020 19:52:54

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
They look sharp to me, Jen! I think these birds work well in black and white, due to the contrasty tones, and patterns on the birds, helps them stand out against the simpler background. Ed makes good comments on the crop.   Posted: 01/03/2020 13:21:08

Don Crow   Don Crow
I also agree with Ed, cropping out the right three birds. This is one of my favorite subjects. As matter of fact we are going out to the Outer Banks next to shoot waterfowl. I hope I can get mine in such sharp focus. You did great.
nice shot   Posted: 01/10/2020 12:07:15

John Erve   John Erve
Jen, nature photography is a lot of fun which I enjoy a lot. It looks like you got these ducks in sharp focus which is part of the goal if you are doing nature photography although is not essential for other categories. I would suggest cropping to just include the group of five ducks as the others are too close to the edge in my opinion. In the future I might recommend using a wider aperture if you want to emphasize the wildlife and keep the background out of focus. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 01/22/2020 20:09:03

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Jen, I am offering a different idea (I am not at all saying better!!)...
Try flipping horizontally (I will try to add an image showing this). I feel it is more natural to view your image from left to right (being the normal way we read) and think that this way, there is a better argument to keep the other birds there to tell the story fully (nature shots must tell a story) as I see the bottom one informing the viewer that all these birds have recently taken off, rather than just flying across.

Certainly, your picture works better in B&W than colour IMHO.

Thank you for posting this.   Posted: 01/27/2020 11:13:17
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