This is the first of a few photos I'm going to upload of the Japanese Red-Crowned Cranes in Hokkaido. Well, actually, as you can see, this first post is of some sparrows that I caught as they took to the wing in front of the Cranes. I just liked the idea of having one of the most common birds taking front stage to one of the most splendid and beautiful birds I've had the pleasure to make a photograph of.
I want to start uploading some other stuff, so I'll stop posting crane shots for now. There are some thirty or so shot's of these birds on my Web site if you are still interested in taking a look.
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Porteplume (3426) 2004-03-10 8:37
Most attractive shot!
I like the colours and the frozen mouvement in this image very much and still... Something is disturbing, maybe a slight (optical) tilt and the left part of the picture where the Crane birds are cut out?
milloup (1829) 2004-03-10 9:23
Appealing capture of these little tree sparrows flying past, and interesting to see all the different positions of wings represented in one photo. These little buggers move extremely fast. With a shot like this it's difficult to determine where to stop, but if it's not full frame as shown, maybe you should have included the missing heads left.
cloverstar (0) 2004-03-10 9:51
Wow! The fast speed as certainly created a unique view of these sparrows. Perfect timing. Sharp and excellent frozen motion. Very well taken.
Midnight_sun (1941) 2004-03-10 12:04
brilliant focusing, i really like how both the foreground and BG are out of focus, and the detail of the falling snow. Great shot, well done.
ninadev (5377) 2004-03-10 13:45
At firt sight I thought this was a shot of an aquarium with fishes in it. I was really surprised to realize that these were sparrows flying in front of blurred cranes. Very original.
mdchachi (1617) 2004-03-11 11:31
Nice job! I'm especially impressed that you managed to focus properly on the sparrows. Obviously ISO 100 has no bearing to real film. You'd never have been able to take this shot with ISO 100 film at f/5.6. Yet another reason to go digital...
flip89 (3410) 2004-03-27 2:50
Oh my goodness! Those sparrows are so sharp and the detail in some is remarkable (this goes without saying that your skill, technique and talent is something to emulate). I thought this was an aquarium too, or perhaps a window curtain :-). And it also reminds me of Mario Brothers Nintendo game ... one of the levels have this bird/fish thingies flying around.
I hope a Nikon DSLR can do the same thing :-).
- Copyright: Martin Bailey (Bayleaf) (1484)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-02-16
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L Ø77, ISO 100 RAW
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Hokkaido - February '04
- Date Submitted: 2004-03-10 7:01