Thursday, 23 February 2012

Common Buzzard

First the confession: I just missed the focus on this shot and, under scrutiny, it doesn't hold up well. It's posted here, however, because I really like the overall feel of the image. There is a real sense of drama, movement and the wild about it – this individual looks every inch a bird of prey intent on finding food – and the synchronicity between the bird's plumage and the background is very serendipitous. Add in those wonderful wing bars for an further highlight and I think the shot works.

Canon 1Ds Mk II, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/400th sec, f/5.6, 400mm at ISO 250. Distance to subject: c 20m

5 comments:

  1. I just enlarged that shot in a new tab, and I think it is a marvellous shot, the head and throat are in focus and the rest is pure energy. I like it a lot.

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  2. Very nice, it has great balance to it and a feel of action. Definitely a keeper.

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  3. Awesome bird of prey Tim :-)

    Maybe a bit more light would have helped, you could then of used maybe F10 for a better dpeth of field, but you then lose your blurry background, it's all swings and round-a-bouts!!

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  4. Hi Warren. Thanks, as always, for your comment. I think I may have been unclear. I was never aiming for much depth of field; I wanted the background to be secondary. What I was confessing to was not having quite got the bird's head pin-sharp – not terribly easy at 400th sec and with the aperture wide open. You may, though, like the new post (above).

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  5. It's a super shot, quite different from those you usually see of this species.

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