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Old November 24th, 2008, 04:54 AM   #1
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Flying Falcons

Some birds in flight.
RED-FOOTED FALCON 2 By Sassi Haham On ExposureRoom
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Old November 24th, 2008, 07:23 AM   #2
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Excellent stuff Sassi, are you still using the XL-2? If so, how're you getting the slomo?
Presumably on a big lens for the CUs of hovering falcons (500mm?)
Looks like a great place to spend a day filming raptors!
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Old November 24th, 2008, 09:05 AM   #3
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Hi Steve ,I slowed from 60i (half resolution), the close ups are 500mm and the rest is 200mm-500mm range. Shutter is 1/400-1/30 (I prefer 1/120) .
The RF Falcons migrate through some parts of the country and one can expect them to fuel up for a few days on a good field.
These were the only falcons I saw this season and I had them only for one and a half hours.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 11:54 AM   #4
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Sassi, excellent footage you got there. At first glance I thought you've used a HD camcorder for it's rich color and sharpness!
I've never seen a red-foot falcon "live" myself. Very impressive close-up with the 500mm.
Strange to view how the falcon is able to "lock" the head in the air and only it's wing and body are moving.
Thanks for sharing!
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Old November 25th, 2008, 06:26 AM   #5
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Great work Sassi !! Some of the shots are fantastic and your technique is impressive. Imagine getting this with the Sony PMW EX3, in camera slow motion of 60fps played at 25p, 1/2 inch sensors, 1920x1080, 25p, if you think about upgrading - this is the camera for you....
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Old November 26th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #6
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Delightful to watch, Sassi.

What size file was your 6.47 minutes before compression? How was that amount of footage compressed to under 74Mbs? After such good videography well-edited it is great to be able to view the finished result in high class image quality.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #7
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These shots are just stupendous. It's like watching "Winged Migration". The hovering shots are so perfectly free of extraneous movement. What tripod and head do you use?
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Old November 27th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #8
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I have been involved with raptors for 47 years and some of your footage is the best I have seen in a couple regards. You show extremely well how when they are flying that their heads stay still while the body makes all the adjustments!!! You have caught hovering (all kestrel type falcons do this) the absolute best. the shot with the adult on the far side and the immature to the front is fabulous!!!!
The dark falcon is just a dark morph or melanistic version of the same species, right?
It is always interesting finding family groups together or areas where they congregate to feed on abundant food. It appeared they were mostly feeding on locusts or some sort of large insects. However the one you showed flying off with a substantial kill in its feet.

Got a kick out of the crows mauling each other!!

the large raptor, was that a Kite or a form of harrier?

Truly great stuff and after seeing how good that was in hd on my hd monitor I am going to have to gert an xlh1 this spring.

thank you for sharing!!!

The site you use, do you have to suscribe to that site or is an open site??
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Old December 4th, 2008, 02:41 AM   #9
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Awesome footage.

I haven't been to Isreal, but the falcons, black kite, hooded crows, cattle egrets etc took me back to Greece and Turkey 19 years ago. What was the warbler? I know - I should get the books out again and figure it out for myself!
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Old December 4th, 2008, 03:51 AM   #10
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Hi Sassi

Great stuff. I've been trying to film Kestrels here in the UK. The problem is always you see plenty hovering by the road side, hunting the verges where its tough getting access to them and in more open countryside you rarely see them.

Anyway, as Per mentioned the stillness of the head when in flight is amazing and you document this really well. Love the music too, although by way of a small critique the edit seems not to follow much of thread but is fine as a collection of shots.

Well done fella !!!
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