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Sleeping goose at local park.

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Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Oct 2012 - 2:00 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Blue Eyed Goose
Username:MoonDog50 MoonDog50
Uploaded:13 Nov 2012 - 12:56 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 - 2:08 PM

Well-exposed whites. Lovely image.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 4:01 PM

Welcome to EPZ Duane.


A nice close shot with good eye detail.

When shooting a largely white subject, rather than setting exposure compensation to negative values, you need to do the opposite, use something like + 2/3. The white here is underexposed by approximately one stop. Its a little counter intuitive; its opposite shooting mostly black, - like a black cat, you use negative exposure comp, as the camera will always try to produce a grey image.

Another thing to consider is composition. Rather than get into details, Google rule of thirds, golden mean, etc and get to know what they mean. Its better to be aware of the "rules", - guidelines really, so you can either use them, modify them, or ignore them. As an example, the eye is close to centered in this horizontally, and to show what different composition looks like, Ive uploaded a mod, - scroll up to the modifications tab and click. Ive also corrected the exposure, sharpened, and extracted a little more feather detail by toning down highlights using the highlight tool in CS. As this also lends itself nicely yo an abstract interpretation with the nice lines, Ive also uploaded a mod with an oil paint effect.


Hope this is helpful, and enjoy the site.



regards



Willie

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MoonDog50
MoonDog50  1 United States
13 Nov 2012 - 4:09 PM

Thanks Willie - very helpful!

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MoonDog50
MoonDog50  1 United States
13 Nov 2012 - 4:13 PM

Willie, I forgot to mention, the Nikon D80 has a reported firmware issue that leads to overexposure under some circumstances, so I keep it at a - for that reason. If you or anyone else can confirm it would be appreciated.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 7:26 PM

You set up your camera to produce the file you prefer. For normal shooting all my Canons are set for minus a third of a stop to protect against burn out on the prinvipal that it is easier to lighten than darken. I think you are a little under here and that being a bit brighter will add some zing.

Eye very central, but works quite well here.

Paul

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MoonDog50
MoonDog50  1 United States
13 Nov 2012 - 7:36 PM

Thanks Paul.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 12:29 AM

I see some chatter about a problem years back, but nothing recent. The latest firmware is 1.11 which I imagine you have. Check the EPZ forums, - you might get something there: http://www.ephotozine.com/site-search/nikon-d80-



Regards


Willie

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MoonDog50
MoonDog50  1 United States
14 Nov 2012 - 12:40 AM

Thanks Willie - I ordered a copy of the D80 users guide.

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