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2nd of March 2008 (Sun), 16:34
As I said in my last post, most of the flying shots were binned....must try a different technique next time. Here's the best 12 of what was left.
2nd of March 2008 (Sun), 16:36
Fantastic shot. It all came together for that one.
2nd of March 2008 (Sun), 16:39
Stunning shot! Well framed and great detail. Great capture. :)
3rd of March 2008 (Mon), 14:00
Thanks for the comments, it is nearly impossible to photograph the falcons in flight. The only place you could get a focus point on one was when they turned in mid air to come back down again. I didn't get any of the Merlin hybrid at all as he was a maniac. He gets a kick from flying through the spectators, at head height, at full speed, missing them by inches. Apparently he broke his collar bone on two occasions when people moved. Before he flies we are all told NOT to move, and I can personally tell you that having a bird coming at your at face full speed is scary, on the second pass his wing tip missed my ear by an inch and sounded like some one had just swung a sword past my head! Wish someone could have videoed that so I could've seen the expression on my face:shock:
I took a lot more pics on my previous visits that can be seen here if you feel the urge to look at a thousand Red Kite pics....I'm not obsesssed, honest.
3rd of March 2008 (Mon), 14:11
Great job photographing an extremely difficult subject. Sounds like a fun place to visit. I'd be thrilled to capture a falcon in flight.
3rd of March 2008 (Mon), 14:32
Dave the flight shots are fantastic..........if i was being super critical i would clone out the jessies...still a great set.
3rd of March 2008 (Mon), 14:41
Outstanding..........i'll say no more!
3rd of March 2008 (Mon), 15:54
This is a brilliant flight shot Dave. I think most of us have the same problem with binning a lot more flight shots than we keep. Nice album you have on the link.
3rd of March 2008 (Mon), 17:37
Great shot indeed. :-)
3rd of March 2008 (Mon), 17:42
fantastic! iv been on this forum for a few days now, and im so happy to see so many raptor favs here, i just wish they had shows like that in my neck of the woods. great work again
4th of March 2008 (Tue), 00:43
Thanks for the kind words everyone.
Whereabouts are you Mike?. The NBPC is a 90 minute drive from me.
4th of March 2008 (Tue), 07:43
Even if most of the flying shots did not turn out, that one is great and makes it all worth it. Sounds like a great place to go, good story to go with the pic!
7th of March 2008 (Fri), 12:12
I've got to echo what TenaCJed says above. Honestly Dave, if you took a few hundred shots and only walked away with that one, it would be worth it.
7th of March 2008 (Fri), 12:50
All of the BIF shots are winners, Dave. Really really great images.
7th of March 2008 (Fri), 12:58
Very nice inflight shot Dave. It really stands out.
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