Red Kite

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  • Ken Rennie
    Ken Rennie
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    on: January 27, 2023 at 7:15 am

    During lockdown I started to photograph garden birds. I already possessed a Sigma 100-400 for my A7R4 and had a lot of fun learning that I wasn’t very good at catching BIF. After a lot of practice on coots and ducks at a local pond I visited SW Scotland to try and photograph the local population of Red Kites. I still find it difficult to follow them in flight but managed a few images that I am happy with. KenDSC2491-1-copy

    Russ Lewis
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    Re: Red Kite
    Reply #1 on: January 27, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Well done Ken. Bravo!

    Paul Sokal
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    Reply #2 on: January 27, 2023 at 11:16 am

    I’d said your practice paid off. Good catch!

    Jeremy Roussak
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    Reply #3 on: January 28, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    I’d certainly be happy with that one!

    Jeremy

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #4 on: January 29, 2023 at 9:04 am

    That’s ,a nice catch.  Birds are really hard to keep up with.  You try running it through TPOAZ AI and see if it can pop it even more.  I have been using the app more nd more and it produces amazing results.

    Kevin Raber
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    Ken Rennie
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    Re: Red Kite
    Reply #5 on: January 29, 2023 at 3:19 pm
    1. Thank you Russ
    Ken Rennie
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    Reply #6 on: January 29, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks Paul. The shots were taken at a farm where they feed the birds and charge people 6$ to watch. This means that I could manually focus the camera and fire off multi shots as the birds swoop. On a previous visit I tried to track the birds and couldn’t keep up with them and on the rare occasion when I kept them in the frame the autofocus was slightly off or the shutter speed was too long . For info Red Kites have a 5 to 6ft wingspan and stoop at approx 100mph. Ken

    Ken Rennie
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    Reply #7 on: January 29, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you Jeremy.

    Ken Rennie
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    Reply #8 on: January 29, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks Kevin. I have used Topaz sharpen and denoise on this image. I could make the bird pop more but when I did it just started to look like a cut and paste into a false background. Ken

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