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Wings up? Or wings down? Which is preferable??

 
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Oct 03, 2018 09:46 |  #1

Some people think a flying bird looks best with its wings up; some prefer the opposite.

Here are two shots illustrating my point. A Little Egret taken this morning.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1935/44356043294_75497a49c4_h.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2azA​jk9  (external link) Egret (external link) by Rebecca Hitchcock (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2bFe​48F  (external link) Egret (external link) by Rebecca Hitchcock (external link), on Flickr

Which is better?

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Oct 03, 2018 09:49 |  #2

I prefer wings down, I like how the sun illuminates them.


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Oct 03, 2018 09:51 |  #3

Mike wrote in post #18721451 (external link)
I prefer wings down, I like how the sun illuminates them.

Same with me.




  
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Oct 03, 2018 09:58 |  #4

Same likes on flickr:lol:

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/29do​cy2  (external link) Kestrel on the hunt 1 (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

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Oct 03, 2018 12:09 |  #5

Mike wrote in post #18721451 (external link)
I prefer wings down, I like how the sun illuminates them.


Sibil wrote in post #18721452 (external link)
Same with me.



I agree with you both. My first shot has the sun coming through the wings. But on the other hand, the wings on this kestrel seem lovely when at the top of the stroke.

IMAGE: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3920/32921123640_1ae750391f_h.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Sa8n​71  (external link) Kestrel hovering (external link) by Rebecca Hitchcock (external link), on Flickr

And in this shot, there is more drama with raised wings as the eagle attempts to land.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/RC2h​ih  (external link) Juvenile White Tailed Eagle (external link) by Rebecca Hitchcock (external link), on Flickr

Anyway, thank you for commenting.

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Oct 03, 2018 13:17 |  #6

I recall reading stuff by Arthur Morris on this, and he said it doesn't matter, wings up or wings down are both OK.

But the situation will affect the choice. Male mallard ducks look better wings down because it shows the color in the wings. Other times wings up is better depending on what that shows or how the wings catch the light.

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Oct 03, 2018 19:11 |  #7

It depends on many things. Type of bird, lighting, angles, etc. etc. In the first example of the egret the wings down is preferable IMO. Might have had a different opinion if wings were fully extended or a slightly different angle. There's no pat answer.


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Oct 09, 2018 15:14 |  #8

I don't see the need for a general rule, but, out of the two shots originally posted, I prefer the one with the wings down.


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Oct 09, 2018 18:10 as a reply to  @ Jack Dawe's post |  #9

For me it depends more on the bird, the situation and the exact position of the wings-not just up or down. A shot I try for every year is very shortly after an eagle takes off, the wings will curve into a near-perfect half circle. If I'm at the right angle to the bird I can catch that shape. Other birds I prefer the angle that shows the most color, or the most white, or just the pose that suits that individual. The egret above, I prefer the wings down pose.




  
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Oct 09, 2018 19:55 |  #10

If the bird is backlit, wings down usually wins out as in the original post; if the bird is frontlit, wings up *usually* will win out by clearly showing a lot of the "underarm" patterning we don't usually catch in casual viewing. As others stated, though, there's no good way to make a hard'n fast "rule" around it; it's so dependent on all of the other aspects of the shot that it's really fluid.


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