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Following some excellent advice from all on the critique team,
this is what i think is my best one yet (completely objective Tongue)
I am really enjoying learning to improve my skills.
I uploaded the wrong image first. v2 is my attempt at final version.
not much between them anyway.
v3 is the original
v4 i have adjusted levels slightly

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Mar 2013 - 11:11 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:+0.7
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Tav
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Female Chaffinch
Username:Derek897 Derek897
Uploaded:12 Mar 2013 - 12:46 PM
Tags:Birds wildlife, General, Wildlife / nature
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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2013 - 1:07 PM

This is a really nice image of this bird. I didn't see you last upload so I cannot comment on improvements made however I have loaded a mod with some minor adjustments which I think add a little more to the image.

I've cropped away some of the right side as it really was not adding to the image from my opinion, I then adjusted levels in a separate layer to bring the sliders to the edge of the histogram. This seems to have brightened the chaffinch and darkened the back ground which seems to make it stand out slightly more.

Over all minor tweaks great image.

Erik Grin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2013 - 1:47 PM

Very nice indeed. I would leave thse light corners in, V1. They add to the composition. It is actually rather difficult to see where the right hand edge is. I like it, sharp, good pose from the bird. One to be rather pleased with.

Paul

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Derek897
Derek897  1 Ireland
12 Mar 2013 - 2:10 PM

thanks guys. Eric iv adjusted levels a bit but am unable to get the same result as you in your mod.
nice work.
have uploaded 2 more vs

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2013 - 4:21 PM

Great image,

Ali

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2013 - 10:04 PM

hi,
for viewing on a laptop size screen this is excellent. beautiful and sharp, lovely detail, nice background and interesting perch, cant say much wrong. like the back turned pose and the light is amazing.

however. if you wanted to project this for say a camera club competition or a exhibition or salon .
or indeed if you wanted to print at around A3 then you would have some problems in that the bird would suddenly look enormous in relationship to the scale of projection. it would give the appearance of being chicken size and look way too large in frame. as a rule of thumb, the bird in a print should look around natural size or a little larger and here on my laptop screen its already larger than full size.

not a critisism at all on your image, its stunning, but just a tip if you want to print, you need to allow a bit more space.

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Derek897
Derek897  1 Ireland
13 Mar 2013 - 10:02 AM

hi newmanp, thanks for the info.
i know what you mean about size for prints. should i use a less tight crop for website display ?
and thanks for the comment Smile

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