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    The best laid plans and all that, in advance I looked up the weather forecast for the location - sunny skies and fluffy clouds also checked again on the day- sounded like ISO 800 so off I went to Rhyader. As I approached it got progressively cloudy and by the time the birds were fed it was dull.

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    Focal Length : 210.0mm (40-150mm & 1.4TC)
    Focal length in 35 mm film : 421.0mm
    ISO : 2000
    Exposure compensation : 0.0 EV
    Exposure mode : Manual exposure
    Shutter : 1/2500 sec
    Aperture : F4

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    Jon:

    This one makes my neck hurt! Quite a dramatic pose.
    I might consider moving the bird a bit left in the frame, out of the center.
    Well exposed.
    Because of how dominant it is in the frame, I wish the lower wing was more in focus, esp. the shoulder area.

    I feel your pain about actual weather vs. forecast. Just out this morning, same problem!

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    Hi Jon, agree with Randy's comments, moving is so easy within frame, don't add canvas as previous, overall well done.

    I assume you were heading to darkest Wales... ????

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    Thanks Randy, Steve, I see what you mean regarding the crop, I did reposition the kite to where it is now, I re cropped to 3:2 placing the head where I thought optimal.
    Steve yes the destination was Gigrin Farm, Rhyader, I had the big tower hide to myself - no one else there and only one other photographer in one of the ground level hides.

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    Incredible position . But then they have to be able to do this or they lose the game of life. Agree about the position in the frame . Would you not have been better at f5.6 and iso 2500 as it turns out,for a bit more DOF. I hope we see more action on this site now that the cameras can seem to handle more of everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McLachlan View Post
    Incredible position . But then they have to be able to do this or they lose the game of life. Agree about the position in the frame . Would you not have been better at f5.6 and iso 2500 as it turns out,for a bit more DOF. I hope we see more action on this site now that the cameras can seem to handle more of everything.
    Ian, maybe I could have gone to ISO 2500 some shots were taken at higher ISO, I did go to ISO 6400 but if I have to crop then IQ really suffers. I keep to a fairly wide aperture to maximise image quality, the DOF doesn't trouble me, so long as the eye is sharp I'm happy but I take your point had the wing been a little better focused it would have looked better..

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    Good frame either way .Different too. Well done.

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    Hey ... love that quirky looking pose and head angle .

    I am ok with the overall composition ... well done .

    TFS Andreas

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    This one is all about the pose for me. Takes it way over the top. TFS

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    hi Jon, good action good photo.
    congratulations

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    Agree with Randy: the bird definitely needs to be on the left side of the frame. Spectacular pose. If it were mine, I would remove the bit of meat on her bill.

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    Ouch!! Easy to tweak the comp with the uniform BG should you wish. What a unique pose.

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