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Black Kite
Black Kite

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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Lancashire, England
Date: Mar 25, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2008

I always find that shooting into the sun in the early afternoon, at about a 45 degree angle, gets best results in terms of background for this kind of shot. The grass always ends up looking a little brighter and more ephemeral, and brings out stronger contrasts on the subject.

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Place: 151 out of 484
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Views since voting: 841
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Votes: 245
Comments: 13
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 10:31:59 PM
Wow! Looks awesome!
01/27/2008 03:50:15 PM
Absolutely beautiful catch. Don't care for the busyness of the grass, but what can you do?
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01/26/2008 10:19:32 PM
Excellent capture!
01/25/2008 02:21:51 AM
All I can say is WOW!
01/24/2008 10:39:52 PM
Wow! great capture.
01/23/2008 11:29:02 PM
Nicely captured and focused. Good Luck. 5.
01/23/2008 10:56:37 AM
Wow! Beautiful and majestic!
01/22/2008 11:33:26 PM
This is an amazing photo. The crop seems awkward but with the bird in flight you didn't have a choice. 9
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01/21/2008 04:12:35 PM
Good capture. Though the light is working against you somewhat.
01/21/2008 01:24:41 PM
How nice of him to have a dark underwing, it makes his face stand out perfectly. I also like the way his wing feathers swoop so gracefully at the tips. Nice capture.
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01/21/2008 11:46:10 AM
What a great capture.
01/21/2008 01:11:09 AM
Very nicely done, what an amazing capture! 9
01/21/2008 12:14:53 AM
This is interesting. I am not used to see birds like this so close to the ground and when I have seen shots of them close to the ground it is desert (or scenes like that) so the grass is a nice different touch. The shot seems pretty sharp to me but I would like to see the wing tips either completly stopped or ahve a bit more motion but that is much easier said than done:) Crop is maybe a bit close but not bad. Only thing I can really say I would want is to ahve his prey in the shot too.great job.
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