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I have had a go at cleaning this image up a bit, toned down some of the highlights and added a slight bumpmap layer in GIMP.

Any ideas on how I can make it better are welcome.

Camera:Sony a55 SLT
Lens:Tamron 70-300mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Magpie Sunset
Username:Parky2k2 Parky2k2
Uploaded:17 Dec 2010 - 9:25 PM
Tags:Magpie, Sunset, Wildlife / nature
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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2010 - 11:00 PM

For me, the shot is the silhouetted magpie the sky is nice but it's not a really spectacular sunset; nor is the rest of the silhouetted foreground especially exciting.

So, my main tip would be zoom in more if possible and, if not, move closer and/or crop tighter. Also, when shooting sunsets, it's important to set the white balance manually daylight usually works best. In auto white balance mode, the camera will try to compensate for the colour of the light illuminating the scene and make it whiter. But you don't want it to compensate: the colour of the light is the whole point in a sunset.

It's also good that you've avoided having the ball of the sun in the photograph, as it's much too bright for the camera to record properly and creates big exposure problems, which you've neatly avoided.

Last Modified By DRicherby at 17 Dec 2010 - 11:03 PM

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bkwpix
bkwpix  3 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2010 - 11:45 PM

Nice shot, I would tend to agree that you could have zoomed in more on the Magpie, also in my opinion the light above the Magpie draws the eye there before hitting the Magpie.

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Grampy
Grampy  4507 forum posts England71 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2010 - 8:15 AM

I feel that as an upright (as my mod) and a darkened sky this is a better image, as the bird and the sunset become more the focal point of the image ,the upright crop with the bird kept in the centre provides a nice symetrical effect.
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