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This little bird didn't often present itself to us face on and rarely sat still. I think the DOF is not right though.

Camera:Olympus E-500
Lens:40-150mm
Title:Who's There?
Username:crash39 crash39
Uploaded:25 Aug 2006 - 8:37 AM
Tags:Birds, Humming birds, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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Billies
Billies  9 Ireland
25 Aug 2006 - 9:02 AM

Clix. You have lovely separation from the background. The eye is really "alive". Looking at the branch you have very shallow DOF. Using a smaller aperture( higher number) will increase the DOF. But! the payoff is a slower shutter speed.
Bill

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stevebostock
25 Aug 2006 - 9:21 AM

The image is really nicely composed, but not sharp enough. think this is DOF (as said above), i think the background is probably far enough back to give you another stop or two and get the whole subject sharp.
The colours, subject and composition are really good

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Terry L
Terry L e2 Member 10577 forum postsTerry L vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2006 - 11:10 AM

DoF would be OK if the focus was on the eye and not half way down the birds back, composition is not bad, but could do with a bit more space in front of the bird, giving it room to look into.

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Terry.

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2006 - 3:26 AM

Consider the following changes, I use Adobe CS 2. Try these things and you will put in the DOF and increase the shots effectiveness.

1. Decrease shadows by 3%
2. Select the BG only, run a surface blur, 10 pixels deep and a threshold of 10.
3. Increase contrast +10
4. Sharpen 3 pixels deep at 50%.
5. Use the eliptical, circle the eye, reduce shadows 50%. Will bring out more of the catchlight in the eye.

Greg

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