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My first attempt of some bird photos and not really successful but I'm willing to learn and obviously i require a better lens and a good deal of knowhow.I will be very glad of your comments and any advice will be very very welcome. I hope you get some enjoyment out of at least 1Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 70D
Lens:EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jan 2014 - 2:19 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Blue Tits
Username:ade123 ade123
Uploaded:24 Jan 2014 - 7:48 PM
Tags:Bird blue tit, Outdoor, Wildlife / nature
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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 - 11:40 PM

Really very good for your first attempt Ade. You should have seen mine! I use a 70-300mm lens but my hide is very near the perches. I had an awful lot of help from other members giving me advice and I always check what ISO, shutter speed and aperture people are using and give it a go. Wish I could help more but I would be well pleased with these. Cathy

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 - 11:50 PM

Plus there I read a lot of the techniques on this site about bird photography. Cathy

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Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom174 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2014 - 1:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Firstly, the photo I did a mod for was under exposed. This is because your camera meter was fooled by the brightness of the sky. In a situation like this dial in some positive exposure compensation so it lightens the image. Always look at the histogram ( which is only a representation of the tonal values in that image ) to see where the bulk of the tones are. If they are bunched to the left, this means the image will be mostly dark. If they are bunched to the right, then the image will be mostly light. The idea is to get the histogram as far right as you can WITHOUT blowing the highlights. If you see a sharp spike on the right and 'blinkeys', then the image is over exposed. Either dial back the exposure compensation or adjust the exposure via the shutter speed or aperture to darken the photo so the spike on the histogram lowers.

I use AV ( aperture priority ) for almost all my photography as I find the DOF is what I'm largely trying to control. If I want higher shutter speeds I know I need a wide aperture and maybe an increase in the ISO. This is why I never use shutter priority.

The photo was cropped, had a slight white balance adjustment, a decrease in the contrast, an exposure adjustment to lighten it and sharpened.

The lens you're using will be a little soft at the widest aperture of f5.6 and at 300mm. To get the best out of this lens it may be sharper at f8-f11 and at a focal length of between 250mm-280mm. Most lenses, no matter how much they cost, will be sharpest stopped down by one or two stops. Also, consumer lenses tend to be sharper at the shorter end of their zoom range and softer at the long end, that's why going for 250mm-280mm instead of the full 300mm will yield slightly sharper photos.

Hope this helps,

Alan.

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ade123 e2 Member 2208 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2014 - 3:01 PM

Many thanks for the comments and advice which I will take on board a hopefully learn from.
Ade

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 3:35 PM

A great first image, don't give up practice makes perfect,

ALI Grin

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ade123 e2 Member 2208 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 3:41 PM

Thanks ALI
Perseverance is my middle name
Ade

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