Alan Cork  

Stonechat Takes Off by Alan Cork

January 2022 - Stonechat Takes Off

About the Image(s)

Taken last May in Ashdown Forest, when stonechats are perched on bushes to proclaim their territories. Almost all the camera settings were incorrect [Nikon D850 hand-held, 200-500mm lens at 500mm, f6.3, exp 1/400s, ISO140] except dof because I was walking and talking and not paying attention. Nevertheless, I still like the image because I now realize that the bird was turning on take-off to try and capture one of the flies to the right which are almost in focus!

6 comments posted

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
Sometimes we try to get the best photo and sometimes we just try to get the photo. You got this one.   Posted: 01/09/2022 08:23:49

Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
Spontaneity, works. Very nice background and colors .   Posted: 01/10/2022 18:48:17

Julie Pastor   Julie Pastor
I love the way that the wings are blurred, as it shows movement and gives interest in the scene. The right side of the image is a bit bright and, in my opinion, pulls my eye away from the subject.   Posted: 01/11/2022 19:49:42

Dan Olson   Dan Olson
Alan, Nice photo, it tells a story. The only thing i would change is to remove or darken the plant on the right side with the yellow top. Dan   Posted: 01/15/2022 11:38:41

Alan Cork   Alan Cork
Thanks so much for your comments. You are quite right about the lighting on the right Julie and the yellow topped plant Dan.   Posted: 01/16/2022 10:21:46
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Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
Love the adjustment.   Posted: 01/16/2022 10:45:38


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