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Just trying my hand with a different lens. I know the picture is not flawless but want to know how to improve it.
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Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 May 2011 - 9:43 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Sweet Bird
Username:indrasish indrasish
Uploaded:8 May 2011 - 4:06 PM
Tags:70-300, 70-300mm, D3x, Duck, Duck wildlife bird, London, Nikon, Sigma 70-300, St james park, Wildlife / nature
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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 9:03 PM

Hi indrasish, The image seems to be a little over exposed to me, but not knowing the metering system of the Nikon cameras i can only suggest that if you have a metered bracketing system on your camera you try this out and see which bracketed image is the best, you can then set the camera to those settings for when it maybe a little to bright for normal shooting mode.
Hope this helps.........

Tony.

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indrasish
indrasish  3 India
9 May 2011 - 9:17 PM

Thanks a lot for the suggestion. I will try this henceforth. Smile

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 11:07 PM

Beautiful Wood Duck capture in very bright light>...LEx Wink

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indrasish
indrasish  3 India
12 May 2011 - 8:24 PM

Thanks Everybody for the vote and comments. Smile

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 10:53 PM

It is a male redcrested pochard, no doubt this was taken in very harsh light

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13 Aug 2011 - 3:24 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: I know the picture is not flawless but want to know how to improve it.

Hi, the simple answer is you can't, the whites are blown and the main cause for that is you didn't use minus exp compensation when you took the shot. Any camera left at default settings will do this with birds or animals that have white in the feathers/coat and you have to account for this by using minus exp comp. Try 1 stop to start with on a test shot and if you have highlights still flashing on the camera screen up the amount even more. Also I notice this was taken at 1/15sec which is just not fast enough to capture the bird in focus, you could have obtained a faster s/s in this case by upping the ISO. You would do much better if you tried using Aperture priority at around f/8 instead of manual as it does take a lot of experience to know the 'magic' settings required. Re composition you have the bird pretty well central in the frame and you need more room on the left to allow room for the bird to look into and a little less room on the right, hope this may help for future shots like this,
Geoff.

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