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Another view of our little friend, but looks like he has a friend with him too...

Both this and the similar shot were taken using the long-range kit looking up into the tree. Shallow depth of field was key to achieving the 'framing' of the bird with the background being out of focus. As often happens in this situations, the leaves in the foreground at the bottom are very blurred and give a pale effect which perhaps adds a little more to the shot. I hope the shot is 'technically' pretty good, so it's about composition for me.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:600.0 mm f/4.0 + 1.4x converter
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 May 2013 - 4:23 PM
Focal Length:850mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.7
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Chaffinch & Friend
Username:AndrewCee AndrewCee
Uploaded:25 May 2013 - 11:47 AM
Tags:Birds, Chaffinch, Cotswold water park, Wildlife / nature
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Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 11:55 AM

Great image with a natural setting and the light is fantastic! The detail is what you would expect from the sort of kit you are using,, awesome. You could try a portrait crop to lose some of the sky on the left but a fantastic shot regardless!!,,, IanSmile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 1:37 PM

Very well done. If I have to criticise anything it is the very very out of focus leaf centre bottom, but that is truly carping.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10866 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2862 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 2:51 PM

Technically very good.

You have a lot of pixels to play with, so I would suggest you focus on removing as much of the left as possible, although this removes the friend! This lends itself to a square crop, which Ive uploaded as a mod, and Ive also uploaded a 10 X 8.


Well done.


Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 25 May 2013 - 2:53 PM

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AndrewCee
AndrewCee e2 Member 1AndrewCee vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2013 - 12:12 PM

Thanks Willie, I see what you mean with the crops, the bird comes to the fore somewhat more than my original. I've a few shots of starlings feeding their young to process, so will see what I can do....

Cheers,
Andrew

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