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Taken in the Pilansberg national park in the North West province in South Africa.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150-500mm f/5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jun 2013 - 4:10 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:And stretchhhhh....
Username:Coen Coen
Uploaded:20 Jun 2013 - 7:15 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2013 - 8:17 PM

Hi, I have done you a mod. Lovely capture, what a beautiful bird.
I did a crop to eliminate the busy twigs that distract from the subject, if you use f3 or f4 you will get a shallower dof, blurring the background, in my mod I have cloned out some of the branches (only roughly to give you the idea) .
I gave the exposure levels a slight adjustment in all colours, and a slight adjustment to the highlights/shadows, which brought out more detail in the bird. And gave it a very slight selective sharpen.
Hope you like itGrin
Diane

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banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2840 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 4:06 AM

Its quite a good shot. The slow shutter speed has allowed a small amount of blur as the bird moves, but its acceptable.


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Coen
Coen  1 South Africa
21 Jun 2013 - 8:49 PM

Thanks guys appreciate.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1592 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 8:50 PM

A very good capture, Coen, and that "stretch" shows the fanned wing feathers off beautifully. There is a nice blue irridescence on the plumage, too, and the orange eye is very striking.
The background is very cluttered with branches, and there wasn't much you could do about that at the time of shooting.
However, I have done a modification which eliminates most of it, just keeping two branches that nicely frame the shape of the bird and give it a clean area above and in front of it, for it to "move into". I then used the Smart Photo Fix in Paintshop Pro, an automatic image enhancing option, which adjusts highlights, shadows, brightness, colour balance and sharpening.
Pamela.

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Coen
Coen  1 South Africa
23 Jun 2013 - 8:20 PM

Thanks Pam it look stunning.

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