Thursday, June 2, 2011

I'll Fly Away

I have never been very successful at getting flight or take-off pictures of the birds.
On May 23,when I was out with my friends,one of them did me a great favour.
This young man walked right up to where these Mallards were sitting.
I had my camera on them,wanting a picture in the water,but when they took off,I just held the shutter button down and these are the results.

Some of these pictures are not as sharp as I would like them,but I am pleased with most of the results.
I like the water action on this first one.

Again,the action shows up well,as they are in a hurry to take off.

THe female is somewhat blurry,but I kept the picture because I liked the way the wings show movement.

Look at those wings on the male.

As the water droplets are falling,this male hurries to join his mate.

One last shot,before he moved out of focus range.

My young friend started to apologize for walking where he did,but I must have had a smile on my face,so he knew all was well.

These pictures reminded me of the song, I'll Fly Away.
Some glad morning when this life is o'er,
I'll fly away.
To a home on Go'd celestial shore,
I'll fly away.

49 comments:

  1. Ruth, my son and I enjoyed looking at the pictures of the mallards. He loves to duck hunt - so his heart when pitter patter! Beautiful shots, love the one with the water droplets.

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  2. Beautiful! Love the droplets of water! Sometimes my dog Buster gets the birds flying in the right direction for me, but most of the time my camera isn't asfast as he is!

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  3. Wow, a dream come true for you! What amazingly interesting shots you got! Such beauty! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Gorgeous pictures!! I love the water, the wings...just great! Now I'm singing to boot. Thanks Ruth.

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  5. Perfect title and beautiful song. You got some fantastic pictures thanks to your young friend. Those pictures are amazing. Diane

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  6. Ruth, These are great photos!! I love the ones of the male mallard in flight with the water dropping off of him--excellent work. But, I know what you mean about getting good shots--a lot of it just comes down to luck! I always like to hurry home and download my photos to see if ANY of them turned out. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie :)

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  7. they're wonderful! your friend did a great service! :) the power in those held-back wings is wonderful!

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  8. Ruth, great action shots! You really caught them well. Mallards amaze me, cause they take off, straight up! Must take a lot of strength. You can see that in the first shot where he leaves a crater in the water!

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  9. Wow Ruth.... I love them, all of them... I usually hate it when someone walks up and scares the birds. BUT--this time it worked perfectly for you... TERRIFIC shots---all of them.. I'm impressed.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. Incredible action shots! I'm impressed!

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  11. These are wonderful, Ruth. What an interesting perspective you got on that one with the male practically hugging himself with his wings.

    One day last summer I was walking in one direction around the reservoir when I spotted a great blue heron ahead of me. There was another walker coming from the other direction, and I knew he would spook the heron. So I focused my camera on the bird and waited. I got a pretty nice shot of his take-off. Getting shots of birds in flight is tricky, so your friend wound up doing you a favor.

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  12. Oh, and by the way, we sing that song almost every Sunday in church. One of the children always requests it when the pastor asks for requests from the children. It's become such a tradition that, if one of the kids doesn't ask for it, some adult will. :)

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  13. Fantastic series of shots, Ruth! You really captured the action well. Using a continuous shooting mode is the best way to get flight shots. Of course, all the while you're shooting, you hope and pray you have your focus right!

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  14. Those are beautiful Ruth. It is so hard to capture those "in motion" shots, and you did so splendidly!

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  15. You sure captured all the beauty and power of these ducks taking flight, BONUS on the water drops falling from the feet.

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  16. Great shots! The young man sure did do you a favour!

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  17. Ruth these are fantastic action shots, every one.
    Keep on snapping, and God Bless.

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  18. A great series of photos! Yes, one day we will get to fly away too. It'll be great.

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  19. Beautiful June header...
    I am thinking that you did an awesome job capturing the movement of these ducks...I think my favorite is the take off with the water spashing all around. You are a great photographer Ruth...
    Enjoy your weekend and keep those pictures coming our way..
    shug

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  20. Very, very nice. I think ALL are great.

    BTW, here is a video I think you would like.

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  21. wow ruth...these are awesome shots!!

    i also struggle with flight shots, i need to find myself someone wonderful who can help me!!

    love the "purple" flower in your header, i think that is new. you may already know this, but purple is my favorite color ;)

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  22. Get out of here~~! These are wonderful captures, I too like to see birds in flight photos.

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  23. WOW!! What wonderful shots. I think you needed the help to achieve these wonderful photos.

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  24. Those are Great, Great pictures. I know how happy I would be if I ever caught something like that...Wow!

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  25. Oh, just wonderful shots!!!! Phil has played this song at many a funeral and at church. When my best friend died, she asked that he play and sing it at her funeral. He also played it at her son's funeral, too. A beautiful, beautiful song. But whenever I hear it, it's at a very sad time.

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  26. Ruth, these are awesome! I love the trailing water droplets and all that wing action. Very nice!

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  27. Oh Ruth these are beautiful captures. Great shot

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  28. Fantastic shots, Ruth. What a gift. (((Hugs)))

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  29. What a gift to catch them in flight like that!

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  30. Beautiful, beautiful images. And you can't say you're not good at capturing birds on the wing any more! (I just realized you have 3 blogging buddies named Karen!)

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  31. Dear Ruth, I love that old song, and the wing action is fantastic--I never realized all the curvatures and spreads they go through. Just like us, as we try out our "wings" in new phases of life. :)

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  32. Wow Ruth - each one of these shots is amazing ! Love the action you captured, and that first is my favourite ! Very appropriate song too.

    I hope you have a very good weekend !

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  33. oh my word! those are magnificent shots!!

    nicely done!!

    happy weekend!
    betty

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  34. I can almost feel your experience there through your photos. How fun!

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  35. I like all of these photos, Ruth. I try to get flying photos myself but my backyard is so small that they are gone before they get started. LOL

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  36. great shots Ruth..I can almost hear the spashing in the water as they prepare for takeoff..keep up the great work!

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  37. Ruth, these are great shots of the mallards. Love the wing shots, very pretty. Well done!

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  38. Ruth, I am soooo glad you kept all these shots as they are all Fantastic!!! Thanks for the tip on how you got them.:)

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  39. You did nothing wrong on those amazing shots. Always nice dropping by for a daily dose of wisdom.

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  40. I think you did a GREAT JOB!!!

    the pictures look stunning!

    Thanks for sharing
    leontien
    www.fourleafcloverdairy.blogspot.com

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  41. These are FANTASTIC pictures, Ruth. I love these action shots. You can see the strength and power in their wings as they take off. I am amazed at the way God made birds, how their powerful wings can counteract gravity, and in such a beautiful way, too.

    (((Hugs))) and may the Lord bless you this week with some flashes of joy and happiness.

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  42. Ruth, these are spectacular! I particularly like the last two. Great movement - it's really neat to get a glimpse at how they fly!

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  43. Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

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  44. WOW, what a great sequence you were able to capture...Nice photography lady! I love the song "I'll Fly Away"

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  45. Wonderful shots, Ruth. I have had Benny, that crazy little JRT do a similar favour for me.. time and time again. But your shots are far better than most of those I've attempted in birds in flight.

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  46. Excellant pictures Ruth. I love them!I must try this myself! Great catches.
    B.

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  47. They are just beautiful. Your photography is stunning.

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