A different kind of Kite

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  1. JDR82

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    My first entry on the forums, not sure how well it fits the theme but I need to start entering sometime and really thought these guys were amazing.

    My reference to the Backlit theme was the light coming through the feathers, its not as clear as I would have liked but I'm a massive novice so will hopefully get better :)
     
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    Nice shot - works for me - welcome to the Compo. Crew :cool:
     
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    Great shot!

    Coincidently I was looking for this type of shot today and found a red kite but the sun was hiding behind the clouds. Photo is on the little birds thread.
     
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    Well captured
     
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    Nicely captured.
     
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    Thanks folks, from checking rules forgot to state that criticism is welcome.

    Any tips on the settings I used / should use appreciated, a lot of my bird shots from the trip were softer than I hoped.
     
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    Fits the theme for me. Great capture of a beautiful bird. Welcome to the competition crew!
     
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    Could you let us know the autofocus mode and settings you were using and lens? Might help diagnose.
     
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    That's a great shot - I might be tempted to make it lighter with "curves" in post production to bring out more of the underside of the wings?
     
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    The lens is a Tamron SP AF150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD

    • ƒ/6.0
    • 360.0 mm
    • 1/2500
    • ISO 200

    I will check the autofocus settings when I get home and edit the post.
     
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    As newbie mentioned, AF mode will help give more feedback. Taking birds in flight is a very difficult task though and it's not unusual to get a relatively low hit rate. Could you post examples of the other shots to show how soft we're talking, might also give us a clue as to 'what went wrong'? Don't do it in this thread though as you're only allowed one photo in your entry thread, maybe start a new thread in the photo sharing area?

    From the above settings stopping down to F8 would sharpen things up a bit. You could drop shutter speed slightly to compensate so not to raise ISO. 1/1000 should be enough for most birding shots.

    Other than this, other factors affecting sharpness will be panning skills and AF/tracking capabilities.Oh, and light of course ;)
     
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    Thanks, makes sense to raise this in another thread, so I will post one this afternoon with all my settings and some other image examples.
     
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    I was worried about making it too bright and having too much grain in the underside, however I have had a play about and you are right I managed to get a decent balance which looks far better than what I have posted above.
     
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    Wow its a perfect shot indeed!
     

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