Two Birds and a Kiddo for CC

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Two Birds and a Kiddo for CC

It's been a busy weekend! On Friday, while waiting for my carpool, I got some shots of some osprey that are nesting near the Potomac. They're a lot of fun to watch.

The second "bird" picture is of the Blue Angels from the Joint Services airshow today at Andrews AFB.

Finally, the third is one I caught of Tyler that I really like. He loves discovering all the different parts of the plane, and was really in his element here. I wonder what he was thinking about!

All were shot with my 55-200mm (oh how I wish for a 300mm....). ISO was 200. I've decided that I hate editing on DH's 14" laptop monitor. The color looks different depending on angle/lighting and it's killing my eyes.

1. 1/400 F/9

2. 1/800 F/5.6 (I probably could/should have raised the shutter speed a little)

3. 1/400 F/5.6 I've titled this one "In His Element."

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Grrrr! That's the last time I try to edit on DH's laptop. I opened this thread at work, and the photos look much darker than at home.

Any and all feedback is appreciated!

I added a curve to lighten this photo.

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Hi Janet, I love the Osprey & Blue Angels shots!!! The Osprey's wings look AMAZING.

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That Osprey shot is amazing! I would just clone out the dust marks.

Love the planes too. My dh wants to take the boys to an air show on my birthday. I wasn't keen on the idea, but if he gets me a new camera or gear, I would need to try it out, lol!

The last one looks better lightened, a nice candid shot.

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Ok, how big is an osprey if it has BRANCHES for a nest?! Wow, those sticks look huge!

Very need capture, it looks like he's coming after you.

The plane photo is neat. How close were you able to get with your lens and how much of this is a close crop? Just curious!

Yeah, the first picture of your DS was a bit dark. The new edit looks better.

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Neat shots of the birds! That first one is kind of creepy b/c it does look like he's after you! Lol

I agree about your first edit being too dark, and your new edit looks better, but he still looks a bit yellow. Maybe that's just me though.

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"Jeffininer" wrote:

Ok, how big is an osprey if it has BRANCHES for a nest?! Wow, those sticks look huge!

Very need capture, it looks like he's coming after you.

The plane photo is neat. How close were you able to get with your lens and how much of this is a close crop? Just curious!

Yeah, the first picture of your DS was a bit dark. The new edit looks better.

Yes, osprey sometimes even use eagle nests, which are built of sticks and can weigh up to 2K lbs. This next was on an electric pole, so I'm sure the osprey built it. I guess they don't compete with eagles for nesting too much because the eagles around here nest in late winter. I got that shot right before s/he took flight.

I'm not sure how close I was to the planes. I took that shot when they were fairly low, but they weren't over my head or anything. There were some folks at the show lugging around lenses that were as long as my four-year-old is tall! I'd love to see the pics they produced.