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This is my first shot with this lens.
It really is a great lens. My skill with it isnt Smile.
Hand held its quite a weighty lens.

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax DA*300MM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Mar 2013 - 3:12 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Tav
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Blue Tit
Username:Derek897 Derek897
Uploaded:10 Mar 2013 - 9:22 AM
Tags:Birds wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 11:36 AM

A beauty. Lovely bird. I would say your new lens is a success. Good sharp capture. Roger's mod removed the branch which is the main area for improvement with this photo. Fast shutter speed with focus on the bird. Maybe a tweak in PS to brighten just a little.
regards
Ian

Last Modified By iancrowson at 10 Mar 2013 - 11:36 AM

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Derek897
Derek897  1 Ireland
10 Mar 2013 - 12:00 PM

Cheers guys. Will take on board what you've said.
Nice mod Roger Smile

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 2:39 PM

yes, a nice lens and decent shot Derek.

Shooting towards a largely bright backlit area like this you need to anticipate that the camera will underexpose, which it has done, and proactively apply a + exposure compensation. + 2/3 would have done the job here.

As for the branck, Blue Tits are known to be very disobedient when asked to move to a better position, so its a natural looking setting, and youve done well to get the bird focused with the branch so close.

Finally, - I would use an aperture a stop down from the max. f/5.6 would work well here, - a little sharper as its the "sweet spot" for this lens, and would have allowed a 1/500th speed. But if youre at all shaky holding the shot, then its good to go for the faster speed. Youve used shutter priority, so that determined your aperture either way.


Ive uploaded a mod, exposure lifted, cropped to A4, and cleaned up a few twigs. You will notice the increase in exposure also brightens the birds colours, and they look more vibrant.



regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 4:17 PM

A nice image, well done if the twig is a little insistent. Possibly just run the dodge tool over his face to lighten the cheeks. A stop down would be nice, but no shake is better.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
10 Mar 2013 - 8:28 PM

Well taken.
That rather obvious twig doesn't bother me; that would fall into my category of 'items I don't clone because they were there when I took the shot!'
I suppose it could be a touch brighter.

B.

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