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    Sandhill Crane chick looking shocked!

    This image was created on 15 MAY 2020 at Indian Lake Estates. Again, I used the handheld Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (at 361mm) and the 61-mega-pixel monster, the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital camera body. Exposure determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear dial. ISO 500: 1/640 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AWB at 7:20am on a clear morning. Tracking Flexible Spot (M) AF-C was active at the moment of exposure and performed perfectly. Learn more about the creation of this image in the Two More Killer Sandhill Crane Chick Images: Even Better? Eclectic Entertainment. a7r iv Crop-ability. A Fast Healthy Recipe. And the first Free-to-all SONY e-Guide Update blog post here.

    I was blessed to run across a crane nest with two chicks on Mother's Day past. One hatched under the adult while I was standing there photographing the one-day-old chick. As things worked out, the pair of chicks is totally accepting of my presence. See the V-log "Mothers Day Miracle" video here. And see five other favorites in the Sandhill Crane Chicks One-a-Day Images. Which Lens is Best for the Tiny Chicks? And the One Negative of the SONY 100-400mm GM ... blog post here.

    This image is from a horizontal original with 54% of the original pixels cropped away. But with sharp 61-MP files from the a7R iv you can pretty much crop with impunity.

    As for the image, don't be shy; all comments are welcome and appreciated.

    with love, artie

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    Pretty much perfecto... Do I really have to say why... TFS

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    This is great. it just pop's off my screen. Really cool pose. You really nailed this.
    The best is, it looks HUGE.
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    Almost surreal. TFS Artie

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    pretty cool pose and light on the chick Artie! good sharpness and details

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    Artie:

    I agree with all the superlatives from the crew! Way cute! Makes you want to pick him up and give him a cuddle.

    Excellent point of view. Were you down on the ground, or using the flippy screen to compose, or probably both!

    Cheers and please, keep them coming!

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    A super cute image and a great title. I like the low angle.

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    What a cutie pie and with a great pose.
    I find the overall image a bit bright. I wonder what it would look like with exposure dialed down slightly.
    Love the multi-colored BG.
    Do you have a sliver more room on the bottom?
    Made me smile so kudos for that!
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    Hi Artie a super cool image ... so sweet this little fella !!! Love it .

    For me the saturation can go a tad lower ... and I would have liked a bit more room at the foot of the frame . And I might back off slightly on the sharpen front ... .... just my take .

    Great shot and TFS Andreas

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    Nice image Artie. Is the pupil supposed to be gray like that?

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    hi, that's is Arthur Morris. : Eek3:

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    Nice pose,light and low angle. The colors of the background are quite nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Stout View Post
    Artie:

    I agree with all the superlatives from the crew! Way cute! Makes you want to pick him up and give him a cuddle.

    Excellent point of view. Were you down on the ground, or using the flippy screen to compose, or probably both!

    Cheers and please, keep them coming!

    Randy
    The chick was on a small rise and I was sitting. The blue is the lake.

    with lovee, artie
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    Quote Originally Posted by gail bisson View Post
    What a cutie pie and with a great pose.
    I find the overall image a bit bright. I wonder what it would look like with exposure dialed down slightly.
    Love the multi-colored BG.
    Do you have a sliver more room on the bottom?
    Made me smile so kudos for that!
    Gail
    Thanks and nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Esman View Post
    Nice image Artie. Is the pupil supposed to be gray like that?

    Gary.
    The pupils are strange; they range from grey to blue!

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    Hey Artie, I am a little late to this party but this is a really wonderful image. So great to be able to have the trust to let you sit close, observe and photograph. The pose and expression is priceless. Thank you for sharing.
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