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went out to day this bird was up in a tree i took it throe my car window.i no it is not very sharp but its the fist one i have manage to tack with out it flying a way.. i can not seem to get littel birds very sharp whot can i do. christineGrin

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A55V
Lens:sigma 70 300
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Dec 2012 - 10:15 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:blue tit
Username:christinecilia christinecilia
Uploaded:7 Dec 2012 - 1:44 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 1:51 PM

a lovely little shot well done.



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Brian65
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7 Dec 2012 - 3:00 PM

Well Christine i cheat abit as i have use of a hide in private grounds, i then set up perches and food. I then sit and hope they come in for the food which they do as they have go used to me being there. Its so hard getting shots of birds when walking around as they see you well before you get in range of them. If you have a garden you could do the same with a small hide.
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canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 4canonfan vcard United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 - 3:01 PM

Lovely image.
Jim

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
7 Dec 2012 - 3:15 PM

A lovely shot i haven't got a hide some are taken from nearer feeders that the RSPB put up or when a am just walking around i don't know if your camera has the same but i turn the 9 point focus of to just the centre one and focus on the birds eyes . hope this helps you out.
jj

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
7 Dec 2012 - 3:39 PM

Beautiful light.

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 - 5:50 PM

Very well taken throught the car window. Pictures don't need to always be sharp to be nice.
Elena

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 3christinecilia vcard England
7 Dec 2012 - 6:17 PM

thankyou all for your help .regards christine.Smile

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tamasalucy
7 Dec 2012 - 7:10 PM

nice shot

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Meheecho
Meheecho  2275 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 - 10:22 PM

Great shot
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prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 1:25 PM

Well taken as it is.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 5:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Well, Christine, you've made a start, and have learnt something.....bird photography isn't easy!
It takes patience, preparation and planning. In other words, you would be very lucky to get a good grab shot, but don't stop trying. However, it would be hard to quickly set up your camera for a bird shot, with the danger that the bird will soon fly away. You will have seen some amazing bird images on this site, and these people prepare everything, even down to the desired perch, where food will be placed, as well as the desired background, because the other obvious dilemma is the number of branches within your frame, as you have shown here.
All the setting up can be done in your garden. Choose a place where the background is plain, and set up perches and food. Obviously the food needs to be in front of the perch, otherwise you're going to get shots of several birds' backs. Make sure there isn't any available food elsewhere in your garden, and replace them later. Then find somewhere to "hide" and shoot. You could choose a conservatory or window, but remember to set up your perch and food quite closeby.
Use a tripod, a wide aperture (to blur the background), and be patient. Your shutter speed will depend upon whether you want movement or a clean sharp image. Your reactions also need to be good, to get that "just so" shot. Look for unusual poses that will capture a viewer's attention.
If this is something you would be interested in pursuing, then it will be worth making the effort and doing the preparation.
I know there are several excellent bird togs on this site, but you might like to look at NaturesHaven's portfolio because she takes all of her shots in the garden.
Pamela.

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p12owe
p12owe  2101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 5:43 PM

Some really great advice from pamelajean which I shall certainly be using myself! I had always considered that with my own vintage 5d and budget lenses, wildlife photography was a bit beyond me, but I suppose if you don't try.......

As far as the sharpness is concerned, I think the key word here is definitely "tripod" At full zoom even the slightest hand movement will be amplified and seriously effect the sharpness of your final image. If a remote is available for your camera, this will help eliminate any shake, and you will find it an invaluble tool when shooting from a distance.
Best of luck in your photography and I look forward to seeing the results.

Peter

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom879 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 8:43 PM

This is a good try but there is a great deal wrong as I'm sure you know. Please, can we stop saying fine image, etc. When there is very obviously help needed. Encouragement is one thing but there is no point telling someone an image is perfect when it is obviously not. You must get such images sharp on the bird and you need some kind of support for the camera / fast shutter speeds and critical focusing.

You have got the exposure spot on on manual but you will struggle through a glass car window. So, support the camera rigidly, focus with great care on the bird and you should get a few each session nice and sharp. It is almost impossible to snap shoot such subjects successfully.

Paul

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
9 Dec 2012 - 12:48 PM

They say practice makes perfect Christine, and it does if you follow the advice above, you could also set your camera on continues shoot! this can be a help at times, just delete the shots that are not worth keeping, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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kazza12
kazza12  2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 - 2:59 PM

cracking shot SmileSmile

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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 5luckybry vcard Scotland
9 Dec 2012 - 5:08 PM

realy nice image

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 6:21 PM

I always take a bag of food out with me as where I go (Rufford Park, Notts) they are used to being fed. However, for every hundred images I take I may end up with 3 good ones so I know how frustrating it can be. So lots of patience is the key, which I am finding out, as I too am just a beginner.
To say this image was taken in a car I think you have done wellWinkGrin
Ryan

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 2:48 PM

Your EXIF data shows that you took this at 1/250th of a second and I assume that it was hand held. You really need 1/500th of a second to have a chance of the subject being sharp and it would be worth experimenting with 400 or 800 ISO to get that extra shutter speed. I find that manual focussing also helps.

Albert

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prabirsenuk
4 Jan 2013 - 3:45 PM

This is a great shot. A photograph like this changes its very character against a blue sky. This goes to my FaceBook page with my comments .. Prabir ..

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