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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX30 IS
Lens:4.3 - 150.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 23.5 - 823.3 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jun 2011 - 11:16 AM
Focal Length:150.5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.8
Aperture:f/5.8
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Ruffled feathers
Username:birdwanderer birdwanderer
Uploaded:28 Sep 2011 - 1:18 PM
Tags:Hot 'n sunny, Wildlife / nature
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2011 - 2:23 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Not a bad effort, but limited by the equipment in use.

The date is horrible and needs to go. You could crop a little to tighten the composition, and up the contrast curve a little to give it more punch, but other than that, there is not much else you can do to improve it: there are better angles to shoot birds from.

Nick

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birdwanderer
28 Sep 2011 - 3:12 PM

Thanks Sooty 1 and Focus Man for your comments, you are both absolutely correct. I have since turned off the date stamp on later photos, and the quality will be limited by the camera I use. All my photos are handheld so far.Focus Man-had a brief look at your portfolio,very professional looking.You probably are.

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Jestertheclown
28 Sep 2011 - 9:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi DJ and welcome from me too.

I quite like this.
I've got dozens of similar shots to this, that I've acquired by throwing bread out into the garden and photographing the results from a window!
As has been said, the date really needs to go and the composition's a wee bit awry.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've cropped it, tweaked it a bit using the shadows/highlights tool and made an adjustment to the colour balance. As it stands, it''s very green.
All done using CS5.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

Edit: Sorry, forgot to say that I also sharpened it a little.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 28 Sep 2011 - 9:06 PM

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birdwanderer
29 Sep 2011 - 5:34 PM

Thanks Sooty 1 and Jester for your mods.Yes Sooty's grass colour is more like the actual,although lighter,and puts the bird centre stage,but I prefer Jester's overall mod.I would have preferred to take the photo this way.I am using a Canon Ex Browser for mods.What is CS5?

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Jestertheclown
29 Sep 2011 - 7:03 PM


Quote: What is CS5?

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is the yardstick software against which just about all others are measured and judged.
It's the choice of most professionals and it shows in its price.
If you're looking for some free software to get you started, you might like to look at Picasa or FastStone, both of which are fairly useful and cost nothing.
Alternatively (and this is my favourite amongst the freebies) try Pixlr, which is also free and is web based, meaning that there's no need to download or instal it. You can use it from anywhere that you have access to the internet.
And have a look at this lot!

You should find something amongst that lot!

Hope this helps.

Bren.

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birdwanderer
29 Sep 2011 - 7:50 PM

Jester,
I'm still struggling to understand and get around this website,but it's a learning curve and I'll get there at my own pace.My fault,I asked you a question and you gave me an answer.Thanks for the info.I have a backlog of photos to add as well.
Regards,
D.J.

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Jestertheclown
29 Sep 2011 - 8:57 PM


Quote: I'm still struggling to understand and get around this website,

Don't be concerned.

I've been here almost three years and there's a lot of it that I can't find/navigate/understand either!

Bren.

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