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my first image of a great spotted woodpecker. hope you like it.
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awesome Picture well done
Nice shot what a beautiful bird
good detail here, shooting black and white together is never easy
That's a cracker... I'm still waiting for my first decent GSW
Nice quality capture David.
Cracking first image !!
superb for first attempt fine colours Dawn
Very nice male GSW you nailed here a great first image
very good image
Cracking woody, detail and pose spot on, have to ask though where was your point of focus
Thanks for all your comments. Richard, I tried to focus on the birds eye. Is that the best point? I had a look at some of your images and they're awesome. Do you have any tips?
Amazing first attempt. There is a slight lack of detail probably due to being at the limits of your lens capability although you havent posted your camera settings which is always good idea if you want good critique. I feel that a tighter crop on the lhs would have made a better comp. (See mod) I dont know if you did any post pic editing but I have sharpened and clarified the image in ps with a tad increase in saturation.
Always use a tripod.
Try and get as close as poss to get as much detail as you can.
Always focus on the eye.
Hope you find this helpful and fair critique. If you do please mark as good critique.
Firstly I do wonder why people are coming into the critique gallery and leaving pretty pointless comments, along the "nice shot" vein. Anyway, that aside lets move onto your shot...
I agree with Pauls comments to a certain degree above but have some differences of opinion. Firstly, the slight lack of detail to me converts into "blurred". Not drastically, but enough to render it lacking in a critical area. I don't know if you used a tripod or not but (as paul says) its always a good idea (depending on conditions and equipment - so many variables in photography!) if you can with longer range shots like these. If you didn't then this is probably caused by camera shake or other settings like too low a shutter speed for example.
There is no way of knowing what focal length you took this as you haven't said, that would be useful info. The lens may well have a sweet spot along its focal length, so a more experienced birder or user of this lens may have been able to comment more if you'd said.
I think Paul was right to give the shot more "impact" in his mod. It does appear to be lacking in decent light, contrast and saturation levels a bit. I am guessing it was taken during a dull day? Which is all we get lately!
Regarding compositon, I actually feel your crop (and then pauls) are too tight altogether. I too would probably lose a bit of the trunk on the left, but I would also allow more space around the bird - its head and tail are almost touching the frame edge, and to me that almost never looks or feels right. Let it breathe.....
All that said, its a valiant first attempt and thanks for putting it up here for people like me to "pull apart"!
Thanks for the critique. It was a dull day, the lens was at max 500mm, and I was using a bean bag in a hide.
ps. The image was straight from the camera. I'm new to photoshop. I think the frame mod is great. How do you do that?
The frames are quite easy - you just keep increasing the canvas size, altering the percentage of width and height you want, and the colour you want.
Its in the menu for "image" and then "canvas size"
Thats one way to do it anyway!
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