Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #13532777
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
noahcomet wrote in post #13532993
Number 3 is a terrific
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.
cfcRebel wrote in post #13533078
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 - 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.
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.