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Not sure what type these birds are, any comments on that are welcomeSmile Also mods and critique on the picture itself. Ive often
had this problem with bluish color when taking pictures in the wintertime. Any advice on that is also welcomeTongue

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A200
Lens:minolta 80-200 f4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Feb 2011 - 4:15 PM
Focal Length:135mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Really cold!!
Username:Hoddie Hoddie
Uploaded:12 Apr 2011 - 5:46 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2011 - 7:05 PM

There's a fair amount of work needed to improve this image so I did it and posted a modification. They are starlings by the way.

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Jestertheclown
12 Apr 2011 - 9:44 PM

I've had a go too.
Lots of adjustments and not really much of a result I'm afraid.
Sorry.
Bren.

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Davesumner
13 Apr 2011 - 1:12 AM

Hi Hrur,

Yes I can see what you mean about the blueish colour and there's a couple of good mods that have been uploaded. The blueness usually comes when your camera's white balance is confused by the light and if you use JPEG then it is pretty much set in stone once the image is taken. Shooting in RAW format allows you to adjust the white balance in post production because the camera hasn't made any changes to the image and it is basically just the information collected by the sensor.

Also when you are shooting snow, the camera will automatically make the white snow grey. This is because the camera has no idea what snow is and that it should be white so the best way of counteracting this is to use the exposure compensation on your camera and increase the exposure by one stop or so until the snow is white in the image. If you are not sure about exposure compensation, your camera's manual should explain it.

With this shot, it is obviously underexposed quite a bit as there is no detail in the birds at all. The exposure compensation mentioned above will help with this. Also keep an eye on your backgrounds when taking shots like this, the fence isn't a nice thing to have in your image and you probably would have been better taking this in portrait orientation as there is nothing at either side that adds to the image. Also the green at the bottom of the image needs cropping off as it also is a distracting element like the fence is.

I've uploaded another mod where I've done the following:

1. adjusted the white balance to remove the blue effect
2. cropped the image to remove unecessary elements
3. increased the exposure to whiten the snow
4. added contrast
5. increased the brightness on the birds and added structure to them
6. added structure and colour to the wood
7. cloned out the fence
8. sharpened

I hope this helps

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 13 Apr 2011 - 1:15 AM

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