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A Bluetit (Cyanistes caeruleus) about to take off in the direction of the feeder. I have included the complete uncropped version as V2. Light is late afternoon sunshine a couple of days ago.
Settings: F/5.6 1/320sec ISO400 manual @700mm tripod

Many thanks for your C&Cs for my last Woodpecker upload and a special thank you to Dave and Les for their great mods Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 500mm F4L IS + 1.4x extender
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Poised for flight .....
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:20 Mar 2010 - 4:19 PM
Tags:Bird, Blue, Caeruleus, Close-up / macro, Cyanistes, Flight, Garden, General, Poised, Tit, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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alfie99
alfie99  6 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 4:35 PM

a really good shot.i like the pose hes given you.its number 1 for me.number 2,i would have not included the branch in the foreground to the left..regards aled

Last Modified By alfie99 at 20 Mar 2010 - 4:36 PM

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 4:45 PM

Lovely shots, Sylvia, but it has to be V 1 for mw today. Most appealing image.
Regards, Ronnie.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 4:46 PM

Looks good to me, Sylvia. Nicely balanced within the frame with space to the left. Bird & perch are both well-focused & finely detailed. Well taken.
Terry

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  61432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 4:49 PM

V.1 is an absolute cracker and it shows just how much cropping you can get away with if the original file is of good enough quality. Nice one. Andy

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 4:54 PM

great perch makes me envious of that 700 lens will have to save up

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 5:08 PM

A super capture, Sylvia, and the perch makes the image! Carol

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Graham_P
Graham_P  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 5:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice composition Sylvia but the crop has introduced a significant amount of noise compared to the original. I've added a mod with a brief explanation of what's been done.
Graham.

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 5:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi

This is a good shot and am glad you uploaded the original image from which I have done my crop in the mod. Had difficulty keeping the sharpness because of the uploaded file size we have to endure but you have the luxury of having the original RAW file so you wont loose any sharpness.

I did the mod the way I did because my only little niggle with this shot is that the pine cones at the bottom looked rather cropped and I have tried to give a sense of where they originate.

However who am I to critisize as I have tried catching these fellows and it is very difficult - they dont stay still for long so well done in the first instance.

Ian

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 5:53 PM


Quote: Hi

This is a good shot and am glad you uploaded the original image from which I have done my crop in the mod. Had difficulty keeping the sharpness because of the uploaded file size we have to endure but you have the luxury of having the original RAW file so you wont loose any sharpness.
I did the mod the way I did because my only little niggle with this shot is that the pine cones at the bottom looked rather cropped and I have tried to give a sense of where they originate.
However who am I to critisize as I have tried catching these fellows and it is very difficult - they dont stay still for long so well done in the first instance.
Ian

Hi Ian
Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to submit your mod. I can see exactly where you are coming from regarding the composition of the pine cones and it is fascinating to see what a completely different dimension it contributes to the image.
Your critique is very welcome as we all see things differently and benefit from each others' observations Smile
Sylvia

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 5:56 PM

V1 for me Sylvia, fantastic work.
Bob

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 5:56 PM


Quote: Nice composition Sylvia but the crop has introduced a significant amount of noise compared to the original. I've added a mod with a brief explanation of what's been done.
Graham.

Many thanks Graham for your great Mod and description of how it was processed - very helpful and clearly put Smile I always seem to struggle with bg noise in my bird images and your observations really help.
Sylvia

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 - 6:02 PM

Cracking shot Sylvia, great compo.
Brian

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Tom-Melton
20 Mar 2010 - 6:11 PM

stunning

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96178 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 6:17 PM

can't help feeling that 400mm is probably the minimum for this type of shot.

Lens cost money though Smile

Adrian

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 6:32 PM


Quote: Can't help feeling that 400mm is probably the minimum for this type of shot.

Lens cost money though

Adrian

Oops Adrian - must have clicked on the wrong lens used for this before uploading - have amended it - it was taken with my Canon 500mm F/4 L IS + 1.4x converter and yes, it did cost a lot of money Wink
Sylvia

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Mstphoto
Mstphoto  6126 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 7:11 PM

I think you have cropped this image well.
Exposure is spot on also.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 7:12 PM

Some interesting observations Sylvia. V1 is a very good shot with lots of fine detail. The shot is well presented.
Ron

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lianna
lianna  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 7:34 PM

a great crop, grand detail here x x x

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bpearson3
bpearson3  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 8:33 PM

A beautiful shot, so very detailed and well presented.

Bev

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
20 Mar 2010 - 10:15 PM

Lovely detailed shot gray.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2982 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 11:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the shot, though V2 has something going for it has lost in V1.

With an APS-C sensor, and iso 400, and 700mm, I think the subject is too small to crop so close, and it has also amplified noise. You have done a good job with it, bit perhaps less cropping might be a better idea. Mod loaded as an example, - you could do a lot better with the original shot.


Regards


W

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 7:53 AM

A good shot Sylvia and some excellent critique from Graham, Ian and Willie

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 6:01 PM

Some good critique here Sylvia, Great to compare the 2 and to see how much of a crop. It has survived the large crop well, but a little evidence of noise but still that perch steals the show. It is so good I would crop down to show all the perch, or get that hide closer to it...lol
I like this
Richard

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 6:50 PM

Wow, Sylvia I would be proud to call this my shot.
Perfect for him to land on..such a setting!
wonderful
Lillian

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 7:58 PM

Many thanks everybody for your comments -I have really learned from the constructive critiques and find when assimilated this way the advice really sticks on one's mind. A special thank you to Graham, Ian and Willi for the mods - comparing them, together with the critique, makes a wonderful tutorial Smile
Sylvia

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 8:42 PM

Once again critique that we can all learn from - very usefull and thank you for the opportunity - I think all has been said Sylvia, get that hide a bit closer my friend - Ina

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tigertimb
tigertimb  740 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 9:07 AM

Lovely shot Sylvia and I've added yet another variant as a mod!
I agree with Richard and just love that perch, so didn't want to lose any of it - had to clone out the tree but really a shame for the composition that the blue tit isn't looking right over the longer bit of the perch so it could also be less central
Tim

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