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Jul 1, 2022 10:26:13   #
artesdecobo
 
A tropical disturbance in the gulf switched our winds out of the north for a few days. This uncommon summer wind direction resulted in our Purple Martins and Barn Swallows feeding towards me rather than away. This in turn allowed me to capture some heads versus tail shots of these erratic flyers.

Getting the bird in focus and at close enough range to make a decent crop is truly challenging for me and most of these are not that sharp. Plus, the lighting has to be good as well, especially for the dark Martins.

I think image #5 is the best representation of the batch.

Bubba


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Jul 1, 2022 10:51:46   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
All are excellent, but I really dig number 2.

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Jul 1, 2022 11:13:19   #
artesdecobo
 
NMGal wrote:
All are excellent, but I really dig number 2.


Thanks for commenting, Barbara. #2 was one of those images where deep shadows precluded pulling out much if any detail in the bird. So instead, I overexposed the sky and made it a silhouette.

Bubba

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Jul 1, 2022 12:18:21   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Nice effort. I have tried getting decent pictures of Martins and Swallows and haven't succeeded yet.

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Jul 1, 2022 12:35:43   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
A wonderful set, Bubba! Your reflexes and experience produced beautiful images.

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Jul 1, 2022 12:58:33   #
artesdecobo
 
kpmac wrote:
Nice effort. I have tried getting decent pictures of Martins and Swallows and haven't succeeded yet.


Thanks, Ken.

Bubba

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Jul 1, 2022 12:59:49   #
artesdecobo
 
UTMike wrote:
A wonderful set, Bubba! Your reflexes and experience produced beautiful images.


Thanks, Mike. You are too generous.

Bubba

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Jul 1, 2022 13:20:51   #
flyguy Loc: Las Cruces, New Mexico
 

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Jul 1, 2022 13:23:59   #
artesdecobo
 
flyguy wrote:


Thanks, flyguy.

Bubba

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Jul 1, 2022 13:28:38   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
artesdecobo wrote:
A tropical disturbance in the gulf switched our winds out of the north for a few days. This uncommon summer wind direction resulted in our Purple Martins and Barn Swallows feeding towards me rather than away. This in turn allowed me to capture some heads versus tail shots of these erratic flyers.

Getting the bird in focus and at close enough range to make a decent crop is truly challenging for me and most of these are not that sharp. Plus, the lighting has to be good as well, especially for the dark Martins.

I think image #5 is the best representation of the batch.
Gorgeous, stunning shots which, I know, are so utterly hard to get with these guys! You are to be congratulated on your persistence and skill 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Bubba
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Jul 2, 2022 06:29:16   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
artesdecobo wrote:
A tropical disturbance in the gulf switched our winds out of the north for a few days. This uncommon summer wind direction resulted in our Purple Martins and Barn Swallows feeding towards me rather than away. This in turn allowed me to capture some heads versus tail shots of these erratic flyers.

Getting the bird in focus and at close enough range to make a decent crop is truly challenging for me and most of these are not that sharp. Plus, the lighting has to be good as well, especially for the dark Martins.

I think image #5 is the best representation of the batch.

Bubba
A tropical disturbance in the gulf switched our wi... (show quote)

Nice shots Bubba

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Jul 2, 2022 07:31:40   #
Chuckwal Loc: West Palm Beach Florida
 
Art
Excellent. Bif very hard to do
You mastered the art 👍
Chuck

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Jul 2, 2022 12:39:31   #
ecobin Loc: Paoli, PA
 
These guys are really hard to capture - well done, Bubba.

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Jul 2, 2022 14:03:02   #
artesdecobo
 
J-SPEIGHT wrote:
Nice shots Bubba


Thank you, Jack.

Bubba

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Jul 2, 2022 14:03:29   #
artesdecobo
 
Chuckwal wrote:
Art
Excellent. Bif very hard to do
You mastered the art 👍
Chuck


Thank you very much, Chuck.

Bubba

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