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Could anything have been done to make the shot better.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix G3
Lens:LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jul 2012 - 3:02 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:ROBIN
Username:lagomera lagomera
Uploaded:29 Sep 2012 - 9:27 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41201 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 9:44 AM

For me, it's only the twigs in front of and below the robin that spoils it. Otherwise a great shot. Well focused, good exposure and a pretty good, neutral setting. I'm sure someone will mention the crop, but I think it's ok!

Nick

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 - 9:52 AM

He must be a young one... very pretty bird! IB

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 - 10:02 AM

A gorgeous, natural image.
That twig bottom-left: I would be inclined to run the blur tool over it, but otherwise leave it. Smile

Last Modified By M_squared at 29 Sep 2012 - 10:03 AM

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Peter23
Peter23  62 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 3:42 PM

Agree about the twigs infront of the bird, if you just moved around to the left a fraction you could of got the clear shot, Robins are normally quite happy for you to move about as long as you don't get too close. Also if you moved round and got the Robin then looking into the camera could of been an excellent shot.. It's very sharp and the exposure is spot on so well done there.

Pete

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4563 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 4:59 PM

Beautiful shot !!!!.....lovely quality !!!....& the twigs give a remarkable near 3D quality !!!!

Last Modified By Niknut at 29 Sep 2012 - 5:01 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 6:01 PM

Very nicely done. Must be ina sun spotted area as the background looks a bit like flash. Just run the burning in tool over the twigs to darken them.

Not a young bird, they don't get the red brest until after the first molt. Either a molting adult or just nesting wear and tear.

Paul

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 11:08 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

its a nice capture of the bird its self and its beautifully coloured and sharp as a pin however the problem is that the humble little robin is the most accomodating and most straightforward of the garden birds to photograph and you need to work hard to get him on a nice simple perch that you have strategically placed so that you can control the background and depth of field to provide a nice backdrop .

the problem here is that the stray branch obscures part of his body and the background is too close and too cluttered.

the light on it is lovely and the catchlights in the eyes and the overall sharpness is great too. but the lovely examples that crop up regularly in the gallery are usually planned to look that simple and uncluttered, its rare that it just falls right.

some one once told me, you cant go to nature, you have to make it come to you to get good shots Smile not sure if its true or not but it sure helps me do better

regards Phil

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Davesumner
30 Sep 2012 - 8:32 AM

Hi Phyllis,

What a lovely capture of the Robin and some great advice from Phil, he's spot on. I hope the Hippo and the Robin were'nt on the same shoot... Smile

It is a shame about the twigs and there intrusion but with wildlife you get what you can unless you really do go out there and get nature to come to you. Recently I have bitten the bullet and bought a throw over hide which incororates my camera, tripod, chair and me and it is so lightweight it fits in my camera bag. A wise investment for any nature photographer I think.

Perhaps with your shot, getting rid of as much foreground clutter as possible is the way forward. I also noticed that the image has a very slight green tint to it. I've uploaded a mod where I cropped slightly to get rid of more clutter, colour corrected the image and reduced the green/yellow background to make it less intrusive. I then did a quick clone, it is amazing what you can do with that clone tool and a bit of trial and error.

Hope you like it and that I've helped with my comments.

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