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Day3 and it turned out there was 3 chicks. Didn't manage to get a picture with them all in focus though, Maybe next time....

f5.6
270mm focal length
ISO 500
shutter speed 1/400

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:70.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 109.9 - 471.1 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jun 2014 - 12:03 PM
Focal Length:270mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:And then there were 3
Username:bow21 bow21
Uploaded:6 Jun 2014 - 6:34 AM
Tags:Long Eared Owls, Wildlife / nature
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84360 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2014 - 7:47 AM

It's a gorgeous image of three wonderful youngsters.

The main critique I would mention is the composition - as you see from my Mod, I've cropped off the right hand side (plus a little from the left). I also gave a few minor tweaks in 'Contrast' & 'Lighting'.

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2014 - 8:29 AM

Could be excellent, but just not sharp enough. You must use a support if you are not doing so. 1/400 is just not a fast enough shtter speed to hand hold at 270mm, that's over 400mm on an APS sensor. In wildlife shots, sharp is everything. Camera support becomes mandatory.

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2985 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2014 - 1:55 PM

Looks like you have these very used to your presence!.

If you can get back to see them, use ISO 800 to increase your speed, and keep the same aperture, and mode, aperture priority.

That Owl in the back was never going to be in focus, so you did well with what you have.

The other two do respond well to photoshop sharpening, so I wonder if your original is sharper than the version you uploaded here?

I would crop closer, as in the mod I uploaded. It has sharpening applied to the birds, and also the black level closer to black, - its a little washed out in the shot, due to the available light and direction I would guess.

Hope the mod work for you,



regards



Willie

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bow21
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7 Jun 2014 - 10:20 AM

Thanks all again for the comments, I can see how the modified pictures are improved but photo tweaking is not an area that I have done much with and probably need to practice more. I am going out again on monday to try find the chicks again so I am hoping to find my tripod out and try some more of your suggestions, I just hope the birds will be patient with me while i am setting up.

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