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    Godwit in flight, from SF bay last year


    shot with my D5 and 600E FL + TC14-E III ISO 500 f/5.6 at 1/4000sec hand held and processed with C1P
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    Excellent shot, Arash. Techs look just about perfect to me. Great wing position and detail. I actually like the specular highlights on the bill - one can rarely find a completely dry Godwit :D

    As a side note, I'd love to know your thoughts on the AF-tracking sensitivity settings on Nikon bodies. Do they make a difference in locking focus on erratic subjects such as shorebirds?
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    Arash:

    Excellent frame, great pose with fine detail, like the subtle speckling showing on the wing feathers, the balance of the black bill with the black feet, sharpness, and the bg with excellent color and enough soft detail to add some depth.

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    Superb in all respects. Some might wish for a head turn, but for me this is just about perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dix View Post
    Superb in all respects. Some might wish for a head turn, but for me this is just about perfect.
    this is a profile flight shot where the bird is parallel to the back of the camera

    thanks Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aditya Sridhar View Post
    Excellent shot, Arash. Techs look just about perfect to me. Great wing position and detail. I actually like the specular highlights on the bill - one can rarely find a completely dry Godwit :D

    As a side note, I'd love to know your thoughts on the AF-tracking sensitivity settings on Nikon bodies. Do they make a difference in locking focus on erratic subjects such as shorebirds?
    no Aditya with grp AF close subject overrides that setting so it’s not very important
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    Quote Originally Posted by arash_hazeghi View Post
    no Aditya with grp AF close subject overrides that setting so it’s not very important
    Awesome. Thanks for the info, Arash!

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    Absolutely superb capture Arash!

    Lovely light, perfect background and a dynamic flight pose. Also up to your usual high IQ and nice details.

    I think a small head tilt would have been nice in a perfect world but it doesn't bother me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Sjogren View Post
    Absolutely superb capture Arash!

    Lovely light, perfect background and a dynamic flight pose. Also up to your usual high IQ and nice details.

    I think a small head tilt would have been nice in a perfect world but it doesn't bother me.
    thanks Ivan I have many frames with the bird angled towards the camera but this is a profile shot i.e. perfectly square to the back of the camera so I would say the world was perfect here actually and that's how I wanted it :)
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    Looks great all around. The bird is dead parallel to the camera here. Killer blue background.

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    Excellent close view of a SF Bay staple! You're walking the same head-tilt line as my tern shot, but I think both still work. I'd ideally like to see a touch of the far wing as it would add depth to the image, but what you've presented here is
    technically flawless and a very attractive frame.

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    Pretty much perfect, with nothing to add on my part. Rather spectacular really.

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    Really nice Arash.
    I love the wing extension.Tack sharp, beautiful light.
    I too,would like a bit more of a head tilt our way even though you are presenting this as an image that is parallel to the sensor,
    Gail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorian Anderson View Post
    Excellent close view of a SF Bay staple! You're walking the same head-tilt line as my tern shot, but I think both still work. I'd ideally like to see a touch of the far wing as it would add depth to the image, but what you've presented here is
    technically flawless and a very attractive frame.
    Hi Dorian a touch of a far wing would not work well in this case, if anything it would be distracting and I'd clone it out (had some that actually had a bit of the far wing visible). the reason is that it will be partial and too small to show any of the inside wing details will just take away from the "clean" profile

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    Looks killer. I love the pose, BG, and detail. I'd love to get some shore bird in flight frames like this. TFS

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    Nice one !

    TFS Andreas

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