Category: Birds 'n Animals
Did I tell that I have been chasing flying birds ... if no ... u haven't read my blog! So, here is another attempt to capture flying kites and a mynah sitting in a tree. All of them, finally turned out to be highly cropped, sharpened and color saturated using GIMP (what wud I do without GIMP) to get a decent avatar!
I liked the 1st pic, in spite of having shades around the face, coz it gives a decent idea of the bird's plumage. By the way, for all the kite pics, sun was a major factor. Some angles, leaves the plumage bright and in some other, the face! The 2nd pic has enough details of the bird's eye and thats something I always like. Both of them are in manual mode, the first @ f/3.5, 1/640 and ISO-100 and the second @ f/3.5, 1/400 and ISO-400. I had to bump up the ISO since the light started fading!
The Mynah pic,@ f/3.5, 1/400 and ISO-400, is the most heavily cropped and most color saturated pic of the lot. Dunno, why I felt like moving the bird towards the right. May be the 1/3rd rule is getting to me. But, ideally the bird shud've been @ the left and facing the center, rather than facing outside. Isnt it :) Guess, the real reason is a tree trunk on to the right of the bird which I removed with this framing :)
I missed a higher range tele photo lens while trying to capture it using my EF-L 180mm lens (This is mainly a macro lens). Guess, its time for the 400mm!
The final kite pic is in Av mode @ f/3.5, 1/2000 and ISO-400. Again, the face goes in the shade, but the plumage is captured with decent clarity.