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Not sure how to crop or clone out to improve the comp. help if you can please
To me the composition looks spot on Brian with the Kingy slightly off centre and looking into good space. Also exposure is superb as is detail and a killer perch. The perch comes up from a diagonal corner as well which adds to the composition and the right amount of space above and below. In a nutshell leave it be, its a cracker.
Agree the composition is excellent As is the exposure. Could have been just a tad sharper, but a cracking image
I have to agree the composition is spot on, the branch is perfectly shaped and the KF well positioned. The overall image is a real beauty, well exposed and beautiful colour.
Many thanks for your comments, i agree could be a bit sharper, i thinking of getting a 400 5.6 L lens hope this will improve sharpness, be glad of any feedback about this lens.
I've seen great results with that lens Brian. Have you not thought about re-mortgaging and going for the 400 F2.8.
Go for the 400mm 5.6 Brian, if you really want to
You will not be disappointed mate, plus the fact you can add the 1.4x converter, but not sure if you can still retain AF with the 7D
I can't comment as the others do cause i don't know enough but if i like something i say so.
This is a gorgeous shot
Hi Brian,i can only agree with what has already been said,i have the canon 100-400mm is L,it's a great lens and easily usable handheld,
Thanks to all for your feedback.
Pictures superb Brian, all the relevant points already stated. In relation the the lens question I have owned both 400 f2.8 and the 500 f4, they are both superb. If you forget the weight issue of the 400, then I would say the best lens for general wildlife is the 400 f2.8, but for birds the 500 f4 iis amazing. Used with the 7d you get amazing reach (equiv. 800mm) and then with a 1.4 you have about 1120 eqiv. All very sharp.
great shot not much i can critique on this if anything other than a fraction more sharpness would be nice as the bird is sitting nicely.
The colour, comp, and back ground look superb.
another lens you might not know about is the sigma 120-300mm f2.8 os apo dg hsm with 2x on that your getting 600mm of goodness and with a 1.4 your getting 420mm of goodness.
I have this lens and i have no issues in getting pin sharp shots with it.
or you can take a mortgage out and get the equivalent canon fixed 300mm f2.8, both lenses perform superbly but one big factor is you save a wopping £3500 on the sigma lens and get just as good results.
Like any new lens you do need to get used to it though but you will get rewarded with great images.
As I can not see any EXIF data it is difficult to comment.
The white is slightly blown and maybe to slightly underexpose and increase the dynamic range after may help.
Thanks Alan, do i increase the dynamic range with levels, i have elements 8 only, or do i do it when its in raw state?
Quote: but for birds the 500 f4 iis amazing. Used with the 7d you get amazing reach (equiv. 800mm) and then with a 1.4 you have about 1120 eqiv. All very sharp.
Have to endorse this comment, Brian - the 500mm F/4 is an amazing piece of kit. Excellent Kingy shot with lovely natural plumage tones and iridescence. As already said, perhaps a tad sharper, can't see any blown whites though, but then monitors vary enormously.
, can't see any blown whites though, but then monitors vary enormously.
My monitor is quite old, I guess I got it wrong.
I apologise so disregard my comment Brian
Love following your excellent kingfisher shots.
To make a perfect pic "more" perfect the only thing you can crop out IMHO is the leftmost twig shooting up that steals attention from the bird.
I covered the Left branch pointing up with my finger and the bird looks more at ease gazing away: Of course one can say that the branch kinda frames the bird ....so sometimes it comes down to personal aesthetics.
I "envy" this one
As a beginner I will be proud if this was my picture
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