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    Camera Model Canon EOS-1D X
    Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/1000
    Av(Aperture Value) 8.0
    ISO Speed 3200
    Auto ISO Speed ON
    Lens EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +2x III
    Focal Length 1000.0mm

    This was my first experience of the lek, weather was very dull and cloudy, crop a little larger than I would have liked but I think it is a start.

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    Good getting this close as you can, to the lek. Yes, the action of the lek looks good, but the blacks don't, oh for better sunlight. I think, for these guys on full lek, you would need a real good lighting condition. BG fits nicely, and you got nice detail in the whites. What time of the day was it.

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    Hi Will, this was taken at 8.03, in fact I was just about to go home and approx a dozen bird returned.

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    Hi Jon, as 'Work in Progress' fine, but I feel you need to be closer, is this from a hide???? I would also look to having a SS of at least 1/2500 to freeze any action. Light may not have been on your side, but being overcast has certainly helped the whites. BKG is typical of the location with nothing distracting and conflicting with the subjects.

    Finland is a great location for this and in the snow too.

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    Hi Steve this was from the car, I couldn't believe it! I agree regards settings but I had to crop significantly, I am optimistic I can get bigger in the frame and better light. Also I feel I can get more out of the current images.

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    Great, me thinks it up north, but not across the border.

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    Congratulations on getting the action! I look forward to seeing the sequel in better light.

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    Wonderful find John ahh mate i'd love to photograph these and capers,some special guys for me. As a work in progress cool,but I can't wait to see more,all the luck in the world mate

    Hmm the dull grey...... seems a lot of us in blighty are loving the light of late

    not so much

    stu

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    Great to witness John ,i have been many times to the location (if its N.wales) and have never got lucky ,may try again this year .

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