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A Heron taking time out on the river Nanny, Laytown

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix L810 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:26X zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Feb 2011 - 8:09 AM
Focal Length:104mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/5.9
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Just fishing!
Username:nanook100 nanook100
Uploaded:27 Feb 2013 - 9:09 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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kerrylunt
kerrylunt  7 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 - 10:00 AM

Lovely capture

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 11:31 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The is a lovely capture, peace and tranquility radiate. I love the water patterns created by the rocks.
It is not all that sharp, this may be down to the conversion to a small image for this site, after resizing often additional sharpening is often needed. IF the picture is a crop from a larger image then a loss of quality is to be expected.
I've done two mods (click modifications above) were I've brightened and sharpened a little. The second mod is a crop to portrait. The crop is down to taste and just a suggestion. I like the full images with the large area of beautiful blue water.
Ian

Last Modified By iancrowson at 27 Feb 2013 - 11:32 AM

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 11:40 AM

I've done a third mod, 10 x 8 format leaving more water. The bird is positioned a little off centre to the left and looking into the larger space. A person, animal or even a car tends to look more balanced with more space ahead rather than behind.
regards
Ian

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nanook100
nanook100  1 Ireland
27 Feb 2013 - 11:46 AM

Thanks Ian for the feedback..I particulary like the second modification..Cheers.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 11:54 AM

I go for the second of Ian's Mods too. But it's instructive to look at the three together, because they give an excellent illustration of how placement, format, proportions affect the way we view an image.
I do like the angle of the head. It says alert, watchful, living by the senses.
Moira

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Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 12:41 PM

Hi, lovely image in the first placeGrin.. I have done you a mod, I have done a square crop, giving space to the right in the direction which the bird is looking, I straightened a touch. I have altered the colours and shadows a little and given it a selective sharpen. Hope you like itGrin
Diane

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banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2831 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 2:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Gareth, - you probably havent been welcomed to EPZ yet, so welcome.

I have fond memories of walking on the beach there when I was a kid, - a very nice place.

My own observations in addition to the above. Your camera did not focus on the Herons head, and this is the one place thats required. The lower areas, the seaweed etc is much sharper (Though the overall image is soft as Ian mentions),
If you have the ability to determine an area for the camera to focus on, and not in the middle, this is the time to use it, and get it to use the head of the bird.

Next, and my pet peeve, is that the white balance has not resulted in a correct colour tone. This looks like a well lit morning shot, so the colour of the Heron should be a little warmer. This means less blue in the water, but a better bird colour. Auto white balance doesnt always work well, so learn how to change it to the actual light conditions and practice.

the central format, for a tall bird like this doesnt work, as pointed out, so it would have been better to shoot this in a portrait style, holding the camera on its side. Cropping works, but you lose a lot of pixels, and would retain more by shooting portrait..

Ive also uploaded a mod, and not too different, apart from the white balance change, and added a little more space at the top of the image. View large.


Hope you find this helps also,



regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 27 Feb 2013 - 2:30 PM

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nanook100  1 Ireland
27 Feb 2013 - 2:35 PM

Thanks everyone for all the feedback and mods, very much appreciated Grin

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4560 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 8:33 PM

Cracking shot !!!......lovely 'pose' & water ripples....top notch !!

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 7:54 AM

This is pretty good. I would crop a touch off the left. Definition is just a touch off and I wonder if you used a camera support. I have a long zoom bridge camera with very good IS, but the shutter speed you have here is a bit slow even for a good IS. Balancing ISO, shutter speed and quality is not easy and you are very close. Just needed that sharpness boost.

Paul

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Buddhadev
Buddhadev  2 India
6 Mar 2013 - 4:42 PM

Smile nice...

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