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Taken on the canal bank, I got so close to this bird.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:17.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 115.5 - 373.7 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Nov 2012 - 4:21 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Grey Heron
Username:cazzycool cazzycool
Uploaded:3 Nov 2012 - 12:37 AM
Tags:Canal, Heron, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 Nov 2012 - 3:51 AM

Great photo with good detail on the white feathers Smile Grin

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3 Nov 2012 - 5:37 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

oh I know the feeling of victory with that statement 'I go so close' and the frustration when you don't or it flies away before you get the shot after getting so close.

Love the contrast between the bird and the water. Would have preferred a touch more sharpness and clarity to the shot.

I just checked on a copy of your photo - it's your post processing. Just adjusting the contrast in the photo made a huge difference. Hope this helps.

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cazzycool
cazzycool  6 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 - 11:09 AM

Thanks both, I have a whole series of shots from a distance until I got right up close to the heron, who only flew away when the dog decided to come and see what I was doing. Not sure what post processing means, I didn't adjust the photo apart from trimming this time.

I will try adjusting the contrast, I have a Spyder thing set up, but I don't think my monitor is new enough for it to work as it should.

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3 Nov 2012 - 2:04 PM

post processing is what you to do to the photo after it comes out the camera. this can including cropping, adjusting colour levels, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. it may include,adding a frame or an effect.

at very least you should be adjusting contrast and sharpness.

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AndrewCee
AndrewCee e2 Member 1AndrewCee vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 10:09 AM

Having taken many similar shots, I'd suggest looking at the focus on the grass in front of the bird. To me it looks a little way in front of the bird and softens as the bird comes into frame, i.e. focus in this shot suffers from being in front of the bird rather than on it. I've taken a good few like this, most frustrating!

Hope this helps,
Andrew

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cazzycool  6 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 - 6:57 PM

I see what you mean, thanks Andrew.

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cazzycool  6 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 - 11:29 AM

Loaded a variant as I realised after comments that I had loaded the wrong photo, which was a bit out of focus!

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