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Nov 26, 2011 09:45 |  #1

We were out at Sai Kung, a village on the outskirts of Hong Kong. In the afternoon, the kites came in much closer and there were about 10-20 of us shooting them... Here are the shots I came back with (a bit harsh on the sky)

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7. Acrobatic flyer!!!
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Dec 12, 2011 12:20 |  #2

Sigh... no love for the kites?




  
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Dec 12, 2011 13:06 |  #3

It happens sometimes that a post is overlooked, slides off the radar and for no apparent reason. This is actually a very nice set of images. So, yes, there is love for the kites. :)


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Dec 12, 2011 13:38 |  #4

Number 3 is a terrific photo!

Since you say C&C welcome, I'd suggest that the first couple in particular are a touch soft, probably because your shutter was too slow. For birds-in-flight (which is about 90% of what I do as a photographer), using 400mm, I'd never recommend going below 1/1000---and I usually don't drop below 1/1600 if at all avoidable. Especially since your background was simply a blue sky, there's no real reason to stop down to f/8---you might have gone shallower and then sped up the shutter---or even bumped the ISO. I also use the 7D, and find it very very useable up to 800 ISO. (In fact, sometimes I like 800 more than 400!)


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Dec 12, 2011 13:53 |  #5

Nice kite series, DS! So, those were beautiful kites out there? Crap! I was there in HK for a week and saw these big birds hovering over Jeung Kwan O, and thought they were just some black gulls or something. Hence didn't bother to go out and shoot them. See how stupid you make me look? LOL :lol:


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Dec 12, 2011 14:08 |  #6

3, 6 & 7 very nice, well caught.


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Dec 12, 2011 15:11 |  #7

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #13532777 (external link)
It happens sometimes that a post is overlooked, slides off the radar and for no apparent reason. This is actually a very nice set of images. So, yes, there is love for the kites. :)

Thanks Levina! I was surprised at how active these birds are as fishermen. And Thank you for your love of the kites ;)

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Number 3 is a terrific photo!

Since you say C&C welcome, I'd suggest that the first couple in particular are a touch soft, probably because your shutter was too slow. For birds-in-flight (which is about 90% of what I do as a photographer), using 400mm, I'd never recommend going below 1/1000---and I usually don't drop below 1/1600 if at all avoidable. Especially since your background was simply a blue sky, there's no real reason to stop down to f/8---you might have gone shallower and then sped up the shutter---or even bumped the ISO. I also use the 7D, and find it very very useable up to 800 ISO. (In fact, sometimes I like 800 more than 400!)

Thanks Noah. I think I had been at F8 due to shooting some quayside stuff earlier and hadn't bothered going back to Tv. I usually shoot my BiF at 400-640 minimum. I'm not actually accustomed to having so much light to work with. Hong Kong was brighter and I didn't adjust enough. I wish that I had nailed #7 a bit sharper and tighter... cool to see an upside down bird :) #3 is just after a couple of OOF of one almost riding the back of the other as the lower one hit the water for a fish.. SOOO close.

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Nice kite series, DS! So, those were beautiful kites out there? Crap! I was there in HK for a week and saw these big birds hovering over Jeung Kwan O, and thought they were just some black gulls or something. Hence didn't bother to go out and shoot them. See how stupid you make me look? LOL :lol:

LOL - Shoot first, ID later! I first tried shooting the kites when I was at Victoria Peak on my first visit 7 yrs ago. WAY easier when they are close by, as they are in the later afternoon at Sai Kung.

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3, 6 & 7 very nice, well caught.

Thank you Joe! As the afternoon began to wane, there were probably 10-15 in the air...you found yourself looking up after a shot to see one passing RIGHT overhead! Very cool.




  
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Dec 12, 2011 16:00 |  #8

very nice No3 looks 3d to me .
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Dec 12, 2011 16:05 as a reply to  @ GyRob's post |  #9

I think they are lovely pictures. I have always admired kites, recall Kipling writes about them in The Jungle Book. If they are good enough for my hero Rudyard Kipling, they are good enough for me!




  
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Dec 12, 2011 16:20 as a reply to  @ Rainyday's post |  #10

i think they're good shots as well, and i don't think a lot of guys know how tough a bird in flight can be.

you're missing some great eagle ops, DragonSpeed. you should get back here to Vancouver ASAP.




  
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Dec 12, 2011 16:41 |  #11

GyRob wrote in post #13533814 (external link)
very nice No3 looks 3d to me .
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It _DID_ turn out quite interestly.. I think it's the different angles of the birds.

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I think they are lovely pictures. I have always admired kites, recall Kipling writes about them in The Jungle Book. If they are good enough for my hero Rudyard Kipling, they are good enough for me!

"Now Chil the Kite brings home the night
That Mang the Bat sets free."
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i think they're good shots as well, and i don't think a lot of guys know how tough a bird in flight can be.

strangely there are days that flying birds are easier than the ones sitting still - overthinking ;)

you're missing some great eagle ops, DragonSpeed. you should get back here to Vancouver ASAP.

I'm BACK! Was down at Boundary Bay back on Thursday. Haven't had a chance to find the eagles yet, though.




  
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Dec 12, 2011 17:38 |  #12

another excellent set Brian




  
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Dec 13, 2011 13:22 |  #13

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another excellent set Brian

Thank you. Strangely, Hong Kong seems to be lacking in gulls. Lot's of kites, but very, very few gulls.




  
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Dec 13, 2011 16:36 |  #14

DragonSpeed wrote in post #13538781 (external link)
Thank you. Strangely, Hong Kong seems to be lacking in gulls. Lot's of kites, but very, very few gulls.

Yeah, the kites ate all the crows and gulls there. :lol: Not many pigeons too, i notice.


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