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I'm off work at the moment and can't get out with the camera so taking the opportunity to go through some of the unprocessed shots from last year onto the new mac. THis little fella was taken at Rutland waterI just missed the beak open and burst of song but caught his breath Grin

As always your opinions will be valued.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Apr 2012 - 2:11 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:YARP ... Yet another Robin Picture :D
Username:nicktg nicktg
Uploaded:30 Jan 2013 - 11:40 AM
Tags:Birds, General, Robin, Wildlife / nature
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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 11:55 AM

Good close up.............good details in the feathers and good focus.............GrinGrinGrin

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 12:09 PM

Lovely capture of this beautiful bird,
saeid

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 12:26 PM

Fine capture
Ju

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 1:31 PM

Cracking close up.
Colin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 3:11 PM

Nice shot, well composed. Would just run the burn tool over the bottom corners to darken a touch. Robin's are a great bird for photography. If our resident Robin sees me come out of the house, he comes straight over for tit bits.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 3:12 PM

Super pic here but maybe a little soft. I have uploaded a mod where I adjusted levels and cloned out the small branch bottom left and the blue patch top left corner. Unless of course you used a tripod then the shutter speed is a little to long as you would need around 1/400sec minimum to cut out any vestige of camera shake. Focus wise you have displayed nice differential focussing but perhaps to be sure of adequate DoF with a 400mm lens I would have been tempted to use an aperture of f8. Using maximum aperture is not the most efficient use of the lens.

I can't understand the necessity for exposure compensation of -1.

Despite my comments this is generally a super pic.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 30 Jan 2013 - 3:13 PM

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nicktg
nicktg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 3:42 PM

Thanks all,

Paul,

Noted - thanks for that I'll bear it in mind.

Frank,

I agree with the small branch looks better. The blue patch - I wasn't sure if it was part of the breath so left it ... doesn't look any worse for removing so I guess it's a case of if it doesn't add anything ...

I must have had tripod with me even though we were walking around as this was take in a small copse hence the 1/60th/sec. I'd only had the camera a week or so at the time so the -1 may well have been an accidentGrin

As always much appreciated guys.

Nick

Last Modified By nicktg at 30 Jan 2013 - 3:45 PM

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Trev_B e2 Member 7109 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 5:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Nick... you have the most important element right in this Robin shot, it's in focus. To my mind the image would suit a portrait crop and include more room above the bird.

I have loaded a mod in which I have tried to show what I mean, please ignore the very rough cloning used to add extra to the canvas above the bird Wink. I have also added some unsharp mask to make the image slightly crisper.

Hope this helps.

Trev

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nicktg
nicktg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 6:08 PM

interesting Trevor. I've just done a quick mod of the original and you could be right.

PS I didn't upload it as you beat me to it

Nick

Last Modified By nicktg at 30 Jan 2013 - 6:09 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 9:05 PM

A fabulous sharp and detailed shot Nick. I would recommend a square crop, with added space at the top, a touch more contrast, and desatrurate the background. Those bright greens are. well, bright.

A slight de sat on the Robin improves his sharpness as the red is a little bit hot.


Uploaded a mod I hope you like, view large.



regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 30 Jan 2013 - 9:05 PM

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nicktg
nicktg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 9:13 PM

Cheers Willie... Good advice as usual

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