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Racing pigeon perching on satellite TV dish.
In the original shot background tree and sky was a bit too harsh, and I've blurred the background slightly in Photoshop.
I've also uploaded the originals. You're welcome to try it out with different background.
This is a 70% crop of the original. Shot was taken last week afternoon testing the lens. The afternoon sun lighting was very bright. I'm happy with details captured after sharpened it a bit in post processing.
Any advice and critique are welcome.

Technical details for the Bird shot:
Camera model: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm OS
F-stop: f/8
Exposure time: 1/1600 sec
ISO speed: 800
Focal length: 500mm
Metering mode: Spot
Subject distance: 14.1 m
No Tripod (Hand held)

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0-500.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 OS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Dec 2011 - 5:03 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:Racing Pigeon
Username:Ycmah Ycmah
Uploaded:6 Jan 2012 - 5:20 AM
Tags:Bird, Digitally manipulated, Racing pigeon, Wildlife / nature
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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 8:06 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice bokeh. The pigeon is sharp, especially around the eye where it really matters. I like the crop leaving space on one side for him to fly into. Not sure how you can improve this image, it is a lovely capture and nicely processed. I don't like v2 as the bokeh is distracting and not as lovely as v1 and on v3 I feel the crop is far too tight, the bokeh in v1 really adds to the picture. Jude

Last Modified By perkyjude at 6 Jan 2012 - 8:08 AM

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Jestertheclown
6 Jan 2012 - 10:45 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think that Jude's pretty much summed it up.
V3 is too tight for my liking. It's far too obviously a crop, if you see what I mean.
V1 has to be the favourite. I think though, that had I been carrying out the blurring of the background, I'd have de-saturated it somewhat at the same time.
Just a thought, it's still a fine image.

Bren.

Edit; I've just flashed this through the shadows/highlights tool in CS5 and uploaded a mod.
I'm not suggesting that it's an improvement, but it is slightly different.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 6 Jan 2012 - 10:49 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 7:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Trust me to be odd man out. prefer the tight crop - more impact for me. Lighten the shadows a touch though. All three are good. Assume you are sure it's a racing Pigeon - cant see the leg rings. Could be a Rock Dove - but you took it and know the location.

Paul

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Ycmah
Ycmah e2 Member 9Ycmah vcard Australia
8 Jan 2012 - 11:29 AM

Thank you Jude, Bren and Paul for the critiques. I've learned quite a bit in the process of making this photo and candid comments helped a lot as they highlight points I was not consciously thinking or even aware.
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