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Kingfisher

This is taken hand held, out the window of my car.
It's not as dead tack sharp as I'd like, but it's got him with a gob full of fish we were waiting for him to catch.
Any comments or constructive criticism welcome (I am prone to giving it)
I am keen to improve!!
These little beauties are hard to keep in one spot and a tripod is out of the question.
More soon
Cheers
Rob



Kingfisher

This is taken hand held, out the window of my car.
It's not as dead tack sharp as I'd like, but it's got him with a gob full of fish we were waiting for him to catch.
Any comments or constructive criticism welcome (I am prone to giving it)
I am keen to improve!!
These little beauties are hard to keep in one spot and a tripod is out of the question.
More soon
Cheers
Rob



comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Mar 2009, 00:57
It's a great catch, Rob.

I have spent a lot of time stalking these extremely shy little kingfishers and can attest to the difficulty of getting any shots of them.

I would be very proud if I managed a shot this good...maybe, one day...sigh...
Rob Martin: Thanks mate.
It's not perfect, but it's an attempt.
cheers
Rob
A succes for me!

Hand held with a 700mm? Hum! Not easy.
Rob Martin: Thanks Remi. Yeah, lots of sweating. But it's an 'IS' lens which helps.
Rob
I'm struggling to suggest anything, maybe the log is a bit bright?? as I said strugglingsmile
Rob Martin: Thanks Nigel, I thought so too, actually. But it gets left out looking at the main subject which is a good thing
Cheers
Rob
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 6 Mar 2009, 07:14
Nothing wrong with this, are you like a dart player who has a couple of beers to steady his hand before he shoots. Cheers have a good weekend
Rob Martin: Or a JD Coke.
Thanks mate.
Cheers Rob
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Mar 2009, 07:36
Bravo - clever you to take this brilliant shot!
Rob Martin: Thanks Chris.
Clever?? No, hot and sweaty!! YES
Cheers Rob
great capture. nicely done. smile
Rob Martin: thanks Sarina. Glad you enjoyed it

cheers
Rob
You are excelling yourself with these bird shots Rob. This is superb.
Rob Martin: thanks Ron. We're going all out practicing on our Birding skills before hitting Africa in July.

cheers
Rob
I will show this magnificent shot to my wife when she comes in Rob, we've neither of us ever seen one of these live and I know she would really like to.
Rob Martin: I hope she likes it.
These are great to get up close to and take pictures of.
the 500/4 lens means we're far enough away to make them not so uncomfortable

cheers
Rob
This is superb Rob. Great shot!
All the best.
Rob Martin: Thanks Richard. We waited and waited for the fish shot.

cheers
Rob
Well caught for hand held, At that focal length it must be difficult to hold steady.
Rob Martin: yes, it's a trial. But we use all sorts of props and bits to assist. Tripods are impossible and I am shooting out the passengers window so I prop my elbow on the middle compartment and shoot that way, or I lean over awkwardly and rest it on a partly raised window. All bad for ones back!!
Results make it worth it though.

cheers
Rob
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 6 Mar 2009, 19:33
I think the word is gobsmacked, Rob! I'd be very proud to have been the photographer behind this image!
Rob Martin: thanks Ginnie. It's not perfect, but it's another step aling the way.

cheers
Rob
Great shot.
Rob Martin: Thanks melting. We were melting in the car taking these shots!!
Hot as haides

cheers
Rob
stunning Rob.
Rob Martin: Thanks Tim.
He was fun!

cheers
Rob
.Are you fishing for compliments here? Top shot on the fly. You got the left foot super sharp, but the whole shot is remarkable and I know nothing about focusing with a 700mm but I know this should go in the goodies will get better pile.
Rob Martin: Not fishing. I am direct on occasion when I comment, and I appreciate it, even when it hurts a little. Improvement is a constant process, which is the allure of photography You're never finished learning.

cheers
Rob
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 6 Mar 2009, 21:18
Brilliant capture.
Rob Martin: Thanks Jessie. We worked this one for a fair while in the heat. Nice to get a result.

cheers
Rob
Congratulations. It's one of the best shots of a bird I've seen lately.
Rob Martin: Thanks Albert. He was friendly in that he hung around.

cheers
Rob
I think it's great. i have them fishing in my pond and have never even tried a photo. Can't beat this!
Rob Martin: Thanks Mary.
We're committed to making better shots.
Watch this space!!
cheers
Rob
Wow Rob, these little birds are very difficult to photograph! Well Done smile
Rob Martin: Thanks Pam.
We try..
smile
Rob
700 mm, wow.
I like these little beauties, great shot Rob.
Rob Martin: Thanks Gabor. 700 is a good length for birds.. 800 is better .. smile

Rob
I say in French, sorry, Rob.
Je la trouve somptueuse, Rob. Quand on sait que cet oiseau est des plus difficile à photographier de part sa rapidité de vol et de sa petitesse, je trouve cela remarquable. Je suis véritablement impressionné !!!
Bravo, Rob, sincerely.
Rob Martin: Ces oiseaux sont plutôt timides et difficiles à photographier. Il est amusant d'essayer de les faire faire quelque chose d'intéressant.

Thanks Fabrice (And google translate)
Nicely done, with a 700mm and no tripod it's almost a miracle smile
Rob Martin: For short bursts it's fine. Resting elbow on knee helps, or other props. No room for tripods..
smile
Rob

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