This is a Kestrel, taken in Chester Zoo, the kestrels are located around the corner from the Sealions and I think its a path that many people fail to notice. The bird posed like a pro for me and I managed to get a couple of half decent shots. Just a shame about the brance protruding into the foreground. Quite an interesting effect going on with the bokeh too.

I\’m almost out of pics that I think are good enough to put on the web from this trip so I might have to look back through the old shots tomorrow evening and reprocess a few. I\’m overdue a RAW sortout anyway, need to organise the last few months worth of shoots.

RAW to lightroom, exported to CS3, adjusted Levels, curves, performed a high pass sharpen, I also gave this shot a bit of a crop (first shot in ages I\’ve had to crop) to lose an out of focus branch in the top right of the picture.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 30D
  • Taken: 1 April, 2007
  • Focal length: 375mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

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