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Not sure how to crop or clone out to improve the comp. help if you can pleaseSmile
Brian

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Sigma 120-400mm APO DG OS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:KF.
Username:Brian65 Brian65
Uploaded:1 Apr 2012 - 9:33 PM

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 10:34 AM

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.
Richard

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 11:26 AM

Agree the composition is excellent As is the exposure. Could have been just a tad sharper, but a cracking image

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 12:10 PM

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.
Steve.

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 - 1:14 PM

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.SmileSmile
Brian

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 1:44 PM

I've seen great results with that lens Brian. Have you not thought about re-mortgaging and going for the 400 F2.8. Wink

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 7:06 PM

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

Adrian

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kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 7:37 PM

I can't comment as the others do cause i don't know enough Sad but if i like something i say so.
This is a gorgeous shot Grin

Kathryn

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john_starkey
2 Apr 2012 - 7:46 PM

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,

take care,
John.

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 - 9:44 PM

Thanks to all for your feedback.
Brian

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 10:34 PM

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.

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 10:02 AM

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.

Ian

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AlanWillis
AlanWillis e2 Member 566 forum postsAlanWillis vcard England
3 Apr 2012 - 3:22 PM

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.
Alan

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 - 9:00 PM

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?
Brian

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 11:23 PM


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.
Sylvia

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AlanWillis
AlanWillis e2 Member 566 forum postsAlanWillis vcard England
4 Apr 2012 - 12:45 AM

, can't see any blown whites though, but then monitors vary enormously.
Sylvia
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My monitor is quite old, I guess I got it wrong.
I apologise so disregard my comment Brian
Love following your excellent kingfisher shots.
Alan

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aeras
aeras  2 Cyprus6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2012 - 2:37 PM

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 Smile

Charles

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
4 Apr 2012 - 5:56 PM

Thanks Charles

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DavidCoetzer
30 May 2012 - 8:10 AM

As a beginner I will be proud if this was my picture Smile

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