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Osprey fishing 1 at Hornmill 2017



I set myself a goal at the start of 2017 to get a shot of an Osprey taking a fish out of the water.On my second attempt i got my shots from ONE dive!! The speed...
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I set myself a goal at the start of 2017 to get a shot of an Osprey taking a fish out of the water.On my second attempt i got my shots from ONE dive!! The speed is amazing and you have 3 seconds to capture the moment.
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42 Comments | Report
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose April 26, 2018
Truly stunning capture! Bravo!
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Cinderellastory April 27, 2018
Thanks a lot.
lbeasley
 
lbeasley April 27, 2018
Great shot perfect timing
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Cinderellastory April 27, 2018
Thanks a lot.
mrsb102
 
mrsb102 April 27, 2018
Nice shot!
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Cinderellastory April 27, 2018
Thanks a lot.
Cass_Howton
 
Cass_Howton April 27, 2018
What a shot! You would have been stoked when you knew you had it. Well done..
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Cinderellastory April 27, 2018
Thanks a lot. A natural high !
michellemariereuter
 
michellemariereuter April 27, 2018
Love it!!! those shots are hard to get!
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Cinderellastory April 28, 2018
Thanks a lot.
jessicacrisci
 
jessicacrisci April 28, 2018
Wow!!!! Great shot!!
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Cinderellastory April 28, 2018
Thanks a lot.
karenholler
 
karenholler April 29, 2018
One in a lifetime shot. This is spectacular!!!
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Cinderellastory April 29, 2018
Thanks a lot.
Jaspa Platinum
 
Jaspa May 02, 2018
Great shot, nice and clear!
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Cinderellastory May 02, 2018
Thanks a lot.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography May 23, 2018
Stunning capture
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Cinderellastory May 23, 2018
Thank you, much appreciated.
MikeBoyle
 
MikeBoyle May 24, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
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Cinderellastory May 25, 2018
Thank you. A lovely surprise in my first month on Viewbug.
PeterTaylor-PHOTOGENIX
 
PeterTaylor-PHOTOGENIX May 26, 2018
Right up there with the best of the Once in a lifetime shots.... congratulations, well deserved!
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Cinderellastory May 26, 2018
Thank you for your kind words.Much appreciated.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 31, 2018
Stunning
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Cinderellastory May 31, 2018
Thanks a lot.
TBale
 
TBale June 01, 2018
I love the shot ,really very good work and congratulations.
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Cinderellastory June 01, 2018
Thank you, much appreciated.
carolinecournoyergalt PRO+
 
carolinecournoyergalt June 08, 2018
Beyond amazing , I can't imagine the feeling of capturing this moment !
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Cinderellastory June 10, 2018
Thanks a lot.I was buzzing for days after i got this shot.
amsiso Platinum
 
amsiso July 02, 2018
Love it stunning shot the perfect timing!!
DavyQuo Platinum
 
DavyQuo July 25, 2018
Love the action ... such focus ... great capture
MikeBoyle
 
MikeBoyle July 25, 2018
Congratulations on your amazing photo. Absolute masterpiece !!!
ricklesquier PRO
 
ricklesquier July 27, 2018
Impressive!
hiyahercfarm Platinum
 
hiyahercfarm July 27, 2018
Beautiful capture!
Indigoseas
 
Indigoseas July 27, 2018
Spectacular capture
anisengupta
 
anisengupta March 02, 2019
Awesome !!!
luizguilhermetodeschi Ultimate
 
luizguilhermetodeschi March 02, 2019
Uauuuu!!!!!!!!!!
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Ozzydevil_Photography March 02, 2019
Awesome capture :-))
jeanpierrerobbens
 
jeanpierrerobbens March 03, 2019
Outstanding captured . Stunning picture.
garyheymann
 
garyheymann March 03, 2019
Envy will follow this shot for other photographers. Nice job!
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Cinderellastory March 03, 2019
Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
HEdHead PRO+
 
HEdHead March 03, 2019
Absolutely perfect timing. Beautiful shot! I can't say enough! It seems the Osprey is looking straight at you, like "Okay, didja get this one?" You took advantage of those 3 seconds!
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Cinderellastory March 04, 2019
Thank you, much appreciated.
iamjesse-joyduke
 
iamjesse-joyduke March 04, 2019
Great Timing!
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Cinderellastory March 04, 2019
Thanks a lot.
lanceson_photography
 
lanceson_photography March 15, 2019
What a great shot
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Cinderellastory March 15, 2019
Thank you.
SparklersOasis
 
SparklersOasis April 24, 2019
Absolutely stunning capture!
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Cinderellastory April 24, 2019
Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
H2OWaterBug PRO+
 
H2OWaterBug April 28, 2019
great....I mean....super great shot:)
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Cinderellastory April 28, 2019
Thank you.
RickL PRO+
 
RickL May 19, 2019
Exceptional
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Cinderellastory May 21, 2019
Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
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Retiree June 05, 2019
Great photo I know how hard it is to be at the right place at the right time with the camera set up and ready. Congrats!
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Cinderellastory June 05, 2019
Thank you, much appreciated.
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole July 26, 2019
Wow! Amazing timing and capture!! Congrats on your challenge award!! : )
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Cinderellastory July 27, 2019
Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
olgalevis
 
olgalevis August 17, 2019
fantastic shot.
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Cinderellastory August 17, 2019
Thank you.
majiddark
 
majiddark November 11, 2019
very nice
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Cinderellastory November 11, 2019
Thanks a lot.
Eduardbetz Platinum
 
Eduardbetz January 17, 2020
Inspirational capture ! Fantastic !
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Cinderellastory January 18, 2020
Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
kensundaram Platinum
 
kensundaram May 22, 2020
Wonderful Snap.Your photo should have been number 1 Best. I have been trying for several days to capture a similar Raptor- Brahminy Kite hovering over a pond and diving down to catch a fish. So far no luck. I will keep trying. Thanks. Regards. - Ken Sundaram.
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Cinderellastory May 23, 2020
Ken,thanks a lot. Much appreciated.The Brahminy Kite is a stunning looking bird, good luck !
Bragin
 
Bragin May 12, 2021
???
pandabroad PRO+
 
pandabroad May 13, 2021
Awesome 🙏
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Cinderellastory May 14, 2021
Thank you.
elainewoodfin PRO+
 
elainewoodfin May 31, 2021
Amazing!!!
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Cinderellastory June 08, 2021
Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
melzonejohnson
 
melzonejohnson October 07, 2021
Ooowe
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Cinderellastory October 09, 2021
Thank you.
elimumm PRO
 
elimumm October 11, 2021
beautiful. where was this?
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Cinderellastory October 12, 2021
Thank you. Oakham, UK

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Hornmill Trout farm in Oakham, UK. The hide is at water level on the pond and Ospreys fish there nearly every day during the season.
Time
This photo was taken at 7.21 pm on August 10th 2017.
Lighting
Ospreys tend to fish when the light is poor at dawn and dusk as they cannot see the fish through the surface when the sun is brightly reflected on the water. This leads to a trade off between shutter speed and high ISO levels . At dawn you will have to drop your shutter speed or deal with high ISO in your shots.As the light improves you can up your shutter speed.When i took this shot there was about an hour of light left that evening which was lucky.I used a shutter speed of 1/2000th and the ISO was 2500. At dawn your ISO can hit 10000 at that speed but it all depends when the Ospreys choose to fish !
Equipment
I shot this on a Nikon D750 and a Nikon F4 300mm, No flash, resting on a bean bag.
Inspiration
I set myself a goal at the beginning of 2017 to get a shot of an Osprey taking a fish out of the water and then set about making it happen. On my second attempt i got my shots from ONE dive which i had to wait 3 hours for it to happen.The speed of the bird is intimidating at first.When the bird hits the water you have about 3 seconds to get your shots and then the bird will be gone!!!
Editing
I'm not into doing loads of post process but i used lightroom which is enough to deal with any high ISO that you get and the associated noise!!! This shot was not cropped at all.Basic adjustments of contrast,Highlights,saturation ,shadows and sharpening.No objects removed or added to the image.
In my camera bag
I normally have my Nikon F4 300 mm, F5.6 200-500 mm(my go to lens) and a Nikon 3.5-5.6 18-200 mm ( for landscapes). A D750 and a D7100 body.
Feedback
Be prepared to wait hours in a hide to get this kind of shot. Ideally use a prime lens as it will focus faster than a zoom.Depending on when the birds choose to fish will affect the ISO level. Using a F2.8 lens will help reduce the ISO levels but it is still a hard shot to get properly. Nothing can prepare you for the speed at which it all happens!! After i got this shot i could barely sleep that night and was on a natural high for days afterwards!!!

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