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    This was taken from inside a Lens coat cape newly acquired, and I found it quite difficult to handle in the wind. Not that the this young lady took any notice of it as I had put it over a pegged tripod a day or two before. Might have been better off standing up, not sitting --any advice much appreciated .Not so keen on the white patches in the background but would appreciate what others think.This female has this early brownish tinge to her head. and as the only one of three young it added something to her overall colouring as it will later be gone .



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    The shadow and slightly harsh light was not your friend but the details look wonderful. I like the spotlight effect on face but wish for more even lighting. I like the BG and the perch. A beautiful bird indeed. TFS

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    Beautiful bird and sharp. Bad luck on the big shadow. Would you like some help with the BKGR?

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    Ian...WOW I'm so jealous!! This is a killer shot. The sharpness, detail, BG are superb. (I'm fine with the lighting). I spent a few hours in N.S.W. a couple of years ago photographing Peregrines (with my 7Dii/100-400) and managed a few in flight shots, but would have loved to get one like this (they didn't land for me). By the way...my wife said "WOW" when she saw this! TFS

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    Great subject photographed with a fun posture. The big shadow on the perch is the main issue here (and to a lesser extend on the belly and far wing). The BG is OK, but I can see why you have reservations about the brighter spots. You could use a light burn tool to minimize their presence, or a low-opacity clone to cover with a bit of greens. Sharp, and I love the menacing look on this individual.

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    The look/stare is really strong, but the image really falls of as I move out from the eye. Others have mentioned the shadow, which is also a pretty major issue for me, and the feet just aren't sharp. The eyes are one half of the predator, the feet the other. You nailed the first but missed the second. Background isn't an issue for me, particularly against the feet.

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    Ian, some great comments previously.

    I just want to add that the pose is stellar. Agreed that a little increased dof would have probably helped immensely.

    I'm still yet to capture a Peregrine so a little jelly...

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    Thanks everyone; been out bush for a week so apologise for late reply.
    RE the shadow --I could not move for fear of worrying her and the shadow wouldn't move fast enough!
    Artie -yes please re. cloning the background gently--would be grateful but it needs to be idiot proof.? By the way are you still advocating Zone on Sony for BIF?
    Paul Come to the Murray next Nov. if allowed . There are 10 plus pairs within 40 miles on the river.You'd need that big 600 plus.
    Dorian I agree about the feet issue; thanks.
    Thanks Brian ; enjoying your stuff and the chat back and forth is great from all round the globe.

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    Hi Ian: Yes...sounds good to me. Let's hope there's no Covid around then! I only have the D500 and 500PF...(750mm)...maybe I'll need the 1.4x converter too.

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