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A Nuthatch (Sitta Europaea), taken in the garden last November.
Settings: F/4 1/400sec ISO400 manual @ 500mm tripod
Thank you all so much for your great response to my Dunnock upload - very much appreciated as always
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Beautiful capture with fine detail in the plumage and eye
A belter, Sylvia, fantastic detail. Carol
Wonderful shot, such great detail.
Nice shot with great detail and color.
Another impressive image. - gary
Super shot. Very well captured
A real beauty, Sylvia, and what a superb presentation too. Lovely work.
excellent shot x x
A wonderful image so detailed and presented so well too Colin
Great pose, comp and colour Sylvia
Beautiful image a superb pose wonderful detail and colours
A great shot of this Nuthatch.
Superb DOF and POV.
Good shot Sylvia - lovely detail and well presented -Ina
Lovely shot Sylvia and a great comp !!
superb work Sylvia
An unusual pose Sylvia beautifully captured. Lovely colour and detail.
Excellent shot Sylvia - beautiful detail captured
Love the unusual angle and eye contact you've captured in this one Sylvia,
Lovely shot Sylvia with some good detail, I notice this was taken at f/4 but with the 500mm and the bird at this angle this isn't going to get you sharp detail overall. The head and feet are sharp as they appear to be on the same FL but I notice the detail drops off from the middle to lower chest. Depending on light availability it would be better to go for a minimum of f/8. That's the minimum I'm using and I'm still at the experimental stage with mine,
I was just reading Nikontuk's comments and I thought I'd add a few of my own. Nikontuk's comments are very valid and that is reflected by the fact he has received 'Constructive Critique' for that.
However, this is one area I like to photograph and I quite like the shot as it is. You managed to get the birds eye nicely sharp and I just love that the bird's poised ready to react. I also love the angle of its perch and the fact that it is looking right into the image.
It is a shame that the detail does drop off but it isn't the end of the world because the important bits are sharp. The background is beautifully out of focus and the viewers eye has nowhere else to go but to the bird.
I have uploaded a mod for you to look at, I just toned down the background a little because I think it is just a bit too colourful and detracts slightly from the bird. I also noticed that the image was a little noisy so I put it through a noise reduction program.
I hope this helps
A great shot Sylvia and some interesting comments above for us snappers to learn from
Dave and Geoff took the words out of my mouth here Sylvia. As the shot was last November, you were at F4 and now you know the optimum is about F8 for small birds like this. When viewed large the noise is very apparent, but the main bit, the eye is as sharp as glass. Nothing wrong with the shot its down to post processing I feel
Well done on this
Lovely shot Sylvia with that great composition, and pose.
The slight distraction for me is some slight sharpening/resizing halos on the high contrast edges and the shiny highlights reflecting off the branch, which I would darken a little.
But in contrast to Dave, I really like your background which to me has a faded oil-painting kind of feel. Not to disagree with Dave as it's personal taste, but I prefer this sort of background to a plainer one. It has overall colour and interest, but no specific feature to draw my eye from the bird.
excellent cc here too,Sylvia
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