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    This image was created on January 15, 2020 at La Jolla, CA. I used the hand held Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 332mm) with the blazingly fast AF King, the Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital camera body. ISO 3200. Exposure determined by Zebras: 1/500 sec. at f/7.1 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:12am on a cloudy morning. Zone Continuous/tracking (C) AF worked perfectly here.

    I’ve seen these spectacular greetings dozens of times. And failed dozens of times; why?

    • 1- I did not have enough reach.
    • 2- I had a fixed focal length lens in my hands and could not frame the image properly.
    • 3- The were numerous extraneous gulls, cormorants, and pelicans either in the way or ruining the backgrounds.
    • 4- There were one or more poor head angles.

    With the SONY 2-6 and a bit of luck on my side, I was able to overcome the odds against success. And the lightning-fast initial focusing acquisition of the SONY a9 II did not hurt either …

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    Very cool interaction frame Artie. I'm glad you're enjoying your Sony kit -- I've been enjoying reading about it on your blog. Nice HAs from both. Nice exposure. Love the water BG. I don't particularly mind it, but any reason outside of just it'd be a pain to leave the whitewash on the OOF rock? The 200-600 is an awesome range and seems to pair super well with the A9 I and II. TFS

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    I am not feeling the love for this one!
    The large OOF rock on the left is a real problem for me. The cut-off wing on the RHS and position of the left wing feels very awkward to me.
    Nice and sharp though with both birds having good HA's and being within DOF,
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    The greeting and juxtaposition of the birds is wonderful, as is the IQ. The oof rocks are unfortunate; it's too bad you couldn't have taken a few steps to your right. Did you consider a tight crop to eliminate the oof rocks while still keeping the wonderful heads?

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    Digging the pose on the right pelican. Wish that rock wasn't there but thats nature for you. Love the soft blue background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Becker View Post
    Very cool interaction frame Artie. I'm glad you're enjoying your Sony kit -- I've been enjoying reading about it on your blog. Nice HAs from both. Nice exposure. Love the water BG. I don't particularly mind it, but any reason outside of just it'd be a pain to leave the whitewash on the OOF rock? The 200-600 is an awesome range and seems to pair super well with the A9 I and II. TFS
    Cleaning all the whitewash would be very unnatural ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dix View Post
    The greeting and juxtaposition of the birds is wonderful, as is the IQ. The oof rocks are unfortunate; it's too bad you couldn't have taken a few steps to your right. Did you consider a tight crop to eliminate the oof rocks while still keeping the wonderful heads?
    I am glad that they have the cliffs to sit on :). I do not like cropping so tightly.

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    Artie:

    I found the rocks in the foreground a bit bothersome as well. I adjusted the luminosity and contrast to try and make them less prominent. There were some subtle halos along the rock edges on the original , that I didn't remove, but mainly present this to see if folks feel that this version makes the rocks 'recede' a bit visually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dix View Post
    The greeting and juxtaposition of the birds is wonderful, as is the IQ. The oof rocks are unfortunate; it's too bad you couldn't have taken a few steps to your right. Did you consider a tight crop to eliminate the oof rocks while still keeping the wonderful heads?
    Furthermore, I took two large and quick steps to my right to parallel the distended bill pouches. Had I moved further right, I would have been shooting the bird on our right from behind and the two birds would have been on different planes.

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    Excellent color, clarity, and sharpness. I might be tempted to make this into a tighter cropped double headshot to lose the rock and highlight the facial expressions.

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    I am also on the Lose the Rock bandwagon but your explanation is good and I can see from
    a DOF and angle perspective, why you shot where you did.
    Still to one of your best...
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    Thanks, Randy et. al. By popular demand ...
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    I like it.

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    Now we're talking... Nice.
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    I really like the repost, but the IQ is no longer great after the tight crop...not much fine details. signature colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by arash_hazeghi View Post
    I really like the repost, but the IQ is no longer great after the tight crop...not much fine details. signature colors

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    Thanks Arash. That is why I do not like big crops :)

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