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Many thanks for the clicks and comments on the coal tit, which I must confess was as pointed out by Richard and others as not being up to snuff - it was taken with the Sigma 500 lens which had a problem namely with focus - but is now back from repair. Good critique such as posted always helps especially when you still have an awful lot to learn. I hope these posting are a little better but if not say so - modifications and critique are always welcome

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma 75-500mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
Username:Ray42 Ray42
Uploaded:5 Sep 2010 - 9:21 PM
Tags:Bird, Haematopus ostralegus, Oystercatcher, Wildlife / nature
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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 4WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 9:23 PM

Two nice images,but V2 made me laugh Smile Thanks for sharing the moment !!

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
5 Sep 2010 - 9:25 PM

2 lovely captures. V2 made me laugh as at first thought the white thing was a stick. Should have gone to Specsavers Wink Moira

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 9:26 PM

Sorry to new viewers I changed the sequence

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 9:57 PM

Great shots. V3 is taking the mickey.
Rob

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 10:00 PM

ah I was a little confoosed there Ray but V3 as it is now is a good fun shot - good pose in V1 but wonder where you were focused!

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 10:01 PM

The fly says so Ann

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photophantom
5 Sep 2010 - 10:02 PM

great series, lol on v3 Smile
Dennis

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franken
franken e2 Member 113027 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 10:05 PM

Excellent set - love the pose in ver 1.

Ken

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6515 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 10:09 PM

A nice set. - gary

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wideangler
5 Sep 2010 - 10:18 PM

Two delightful pictures and the third makes a flush, I think.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 10:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A trio of interesting captures Ray (especially V3 - LOL - my first thought was a white stick as well!) Must point out though that you have a large amount of chromatic aberration - i.e. blue fringeing, where the white plumage meets the black in all three captures. The link I have given explains the problem quite well.
Sylvia

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goso
goso e2 Member 7goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 10:40 PM

Top set of this little fella Ray, but #3 shows what he thinks about all this !...Bill

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 10:59 PM

Thought he'd grown another leg in V3 - did somebody mention Specsavers! Like V2.
Joan.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 11:24 PM

Excellent & wonderful set of captures of the Oystercatcher, Ray, with fine color & clarity. V1 would be choice, today...Peter

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2010 - 11:37 PM

Great fun viewing this bird of character!! Nice to reach the close of day with a smile on the face!!

Ann

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 6:37 AM

Great images, Ray, excellent timing in V.3! Carol

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 7:15 AM

good timing in v3.lesley

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TonyWatson
6 Sep 2010 - 8:41 AM

Nice work
Doc

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colin63
colin63  5 England
6 Sep 2010 - 9:21 AM

Nice shots
Ray

Colin

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 9:32 AM

#1 reminds me of how I felt after my Op and couldn't feel if my leg was still there. Great pose.

I remember going to a talk by Heather Angel when she show a picture of a polar bear breaking wind. I the cold climate it was very obvious. #3 reminded me of that. Great capture

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dianah
dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 10:06 AM

A great capture..I love the soft background of the first version.
Di

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Imagephotographics

Lovely set of captures -

Chris

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t_downes
t_downes e2 Member 5260 forum postst_downes vcard United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 - 10:51 AM

Nice work Ray..

Tony

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justin c
justin c  104510 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 11:05 AM

I'm going to be a little brutal here and go against the grain, but I'm afraid the images are let down by being out of focus and the very obvious cloning in all three images, which is easily spotted by the repeating patterns. Sorry for the negative reply but hopefully you'll appreciate it for it's honesty.

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bluetitblue
6 Sep 2010 - 3:25 PM

Good work V1 for me well done.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 6:05 PM

I notice that Justin doesnt allow any e-mail messages for people to respond to - perhaps he doesnt take replies!!! But thanks for the critique - all welcome as I still have a awful lot to learn.
- a little oof - possibly but I think personally Sylvia is right with the Chromatic aberration as this is the lens I suspected of having problems and has now just been returned from repair - obvious cloning - not to my knowledge - repeating patterns - still looking but cant see it - there was no need to use cloning - the repeating patterns maybe - its the landscape but since there is nothing in v1 I am at a total loss - perhaps he may condesend in e-mailing me as to where and why constructive critique always welcome - will post when I next use the reapaired lens it should be right since they returned it to Japan for repair
I final note - I notice you dont have any Oyster catchers in your pf!!!

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 - 6:32 PM

excellent images ray,v3 wow.ray

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 - 8:15 PM

Three cracking captures, Ray, V3 just cracked me up.
Roy

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 8:26 PM

Nicely done Ray. I think perhaps sylvia has hit the right note. Hope your adjusted lens is the real answer.
Ron

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 8:27 PM

Hi Ray, I do agree with Sylvia's comment and also Justin when he says the focusing is soft, have looked quite hard at these and must also agree that there is something not quite right with the BG's. Must admit it does at first sight look as though you have cloned certain area's but I'm wondering if there was any oof tall grass or plant at the bottom of V1 and V2 that could have caused the effect as you say you haven't done any cloning. I really hope your lens problem gets sorted, you must be fed up with having to send it back for repair, I know I would,
Regards,
Geoff.
PS: My Oystercatchers are on page 6 of my PF but nothing special Ray as I had only just got my DSLR.

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
6 Sep 2010 - 8:48 PM

Hi my mate, 3 great shots, will phone for a chat regards gray.

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 8:49 PM

A bird I'm still to get a proper shot of so firstly well done for landing your shots - I found Sylvia's link to the chromatic abberation very interesting and once again has learnt something very usefull and interesting - the "pordon me" in V3 is priceless Wink - Ina

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
6 Sep 2010 - 9:31 PM

Excellent set of captures Ray.
Well done.
Robert

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Dave_Holdham
6 Sep 2010 - 9:40 PM

Great colourful set, well captured

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 9:10 AM

Thanks Geoff for a constructive critique - believe it or not there was no cloning in any of them V1 is a post situated just along from the reserve centre and a picnic site - the post is about 8 feet tall the other I have looked at the raw image and again - I just cant explain it but there was no cloning albeit I agree it does look like it - I dont tend to clone anyway I normally use the content awar fill as it tends not to do repetative clones - anyway perhaps when I do get to take some shots with it all may be revealed - or perhaps I should just call it a day and take holiday snaps and save the pain in humping the tripod and lens around

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 9:19 AM

As a post script with the lens after being away for nearly 12 weeks - the replaced the zoom so I dont know whether or not was intermittent focusing (which they recently revealed on a call back) or the chromatic abberation - a friend of mine who works as a professional photography reckons it was the later after evaluating several raw images sent.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 9:37 AM

Hi Ray, re the cloning/oof grass, I should have said V2 and V3, sorry that I didn't re check my comment. As for calling it a day and just taking holiday snaps I think you are being very unkind to yourself, some of your recent shots have been way above that standard as you can see by the no of votes they have attracted. Chin up Ray, we all feel like you at some time or other,
Regards,
Geoff.

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2010 - 6:19 PM

A super set of shots.
Peter

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 6:19 PM

Hi Ray
I wondered whether you (and others) might like to see a bit more about chromatic aberration - last year I had the same problem with my Singing Wren upload and got some great help and tips. It can happen to a greater or lesser degree to all lenses under certain conditions.
With best wishes and don't despair - we all feel like that sometimes Wink
Sylvia

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KevinWalsham
8 Sep 2010 - 11:55 AM

very nice set of images well done

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
8 Sep 2010 - 12:10 PM

Excellent set all brill spot on.
jj

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 4:08 PM


Quote: Thanks Geoff for a constructive critique - believe it or not there was no cloning in any of them V1 is a post situated just along from the reserve centre and a picnic site - the post is about 8 feet tall the other I have looked at the raw image and again - I just cant explain it but there was no cloning albeit I agree it does look like it - I dont tend to clone anyway I normally use the content awar fill as it tends not to do repetative clones - anyway perhaps when I do get to take some shots with it all may be revealed - or perhaps I should just call it a day and take holiday snaps and save the pain in humping the tripod and lens around

No you shouldn't call it a day. It really is worth it. I've just come back after a morning out with my macro and spider webs and many were out of focus and it's happened before even though I manually focused! Just putting it down to experience and I should have used a smaller aperture so as not to cut my DOF down to almost zero. Live a learn. About yours. I think they are a little soft. If the oyster C in V1 was not moving too much it might have been worth manually focusing and risk it flying off. Some long lenses have trouble auto focusing and hunt. Go for the eye as a centre of focus-the head and beak will often follow in focus with enough DOF (f8 and above and up the ISO if necc). Don't give up it is worth it. You have some great shots in your PF. Paul

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forestfotos
10 Sep 2010 - 8:05 PM

A wonderful set of pictures.

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2010 - 4:54 PM

V1 is my favourite, made me Grin, execllent.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2010 - 7:45 AM

timing spot on with v3 lol

Linda

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2010 - 1:43 PM

Well as i said on the phone Ray i had the same problem as you but their not that bad I've seen a lot worse, keep at it mate. Gary

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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
15 Sep 2010 - 10:45 AM

Great series of captures Ray, great colours, super detail.
Jeff

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 2:10 AM

Nice set,,fine detail and colour,

One Leg
Two legs,
and emm has it 3 legs,,lol.

Aidan,,

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 8:55 AM

Well spotted Aidan the first one to have noticed that

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drayl002
drayl002  434 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2010 - 8:40 AM

Love it!!!Luke

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2010 - 4:02 PM

Ah you see I do look closely,,lol.

Aidan,,

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tashi
tashi  32 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2010 - 10:27 AM

Well spotted and well captured.

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