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i was trying to catch a good reflection, i would like comments on how this could have been taken better or how it could be improved
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You could have concentrated on reflection only so that the shot would have wonderful sharp reflection.
Exposure is not that correct and that is why the upper part is burned out. Always focus on eye as eye breaks or makes the shot perfect.
Hope you will take it positively and with warm regards,
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thankyou for your comments i will keep them in mind when taking future shots
You have focused on the bird behind, not the one in front, which would have given you sharpness in front.
Your camera has the ability to manually select focus points, and you can select a lower one when shooting a scene like this, and place the focus point on the near cygnet. Its a good idea to get familiar with this feature, and as you become familiar with it you can change the focal points quickly on the fly.
Also, - you likely have used a shallow depth of field, which means you aperture was open wide, wheres if you had used the Av mode and selected say f/8 or higher you would have been able to get more depth, and more of the front to back area in focus. Let us know your shot settings for the next critique so we can be more constructive.
I have loaded a mod with the front cygnet only sharpened a lot to show that having the front one sharp makes a difference to the reflection.
Hope this is helpful,
I like the format you have chosen, your composition, the way one is behind the other, and the fact that they are facing you... it is very appealing. The reflections you were after are very good. From the shadow on the cygnet at the front, it looks as if there was strong light at the time of shooting, so you needed to compensate for that by altering your exposure. Cygnets are easier to get right than their parents because they are not so pure white, but it is still easy to burn out the tops of their heads. If your water is darker, at least you will have good detail in the feathers of the babies. Choose a time of day when the light is less intense and you will see the difference. Even if it's sunny, try using the "cloudy" setting for your white balance.
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