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I would love some feedback on this photo. I think the water is to dark, should I have lightened it??

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Feb 2013 - 6:23 PM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1100
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Pelican
Username:chloew chloew
Uploaded:17 Feb 2013 - 1:17 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10817 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2820 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 2:35 PM

Everything needs to be brighter jac. You can get an idea yourself by looking at the dark feathers, - you can see no detail at all, so for some reason, - I cant tell from your settings, its too darl all over.


the weather must have been poor to use ISO 1100, and the noise is visible, - this might be because this is cropped from a larger image.

My guess would be that there was light being reflected by the water, that may have caused underexposure. You exposure mode is not identified in your data, so thats doesnt help with figuring out the exposure. Do you remember what it was, auto, Aperture, Shutter, Manual?

I did upload a mod, and I used the shadow and highlight tool in Photoshop CS; and also Noise Ninja to reduce the visible noise.


Nice detail on the head and eye.



Hope this helps,



regards



Willie

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chloew
chloew  1 Australia
17 Feb 2013 - 2:48 PM

Yes, thanks, that is good feed back. I will check tomorrow what I shot in. I keep forgetting to give all the info. Jac

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 6:14 PM

A little dark, but I would leave the water alone and work on the bird a bit with the dodge tool, pulling some detail from the feathers and darker areas. Nice sharp image in general.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
17 Feb 2013 - 9:23 PM

It is quite dark but as Paul says, leaving the water and brightening the bird (by whatever method) would make it stand out.
The noise needs to go though.
I think that there's a really good shot in there. It just needs a little help.

Bren.

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