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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Oct 2011 - 10:17 AM
Focal Length:360mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Red-legged Partridge
Username:czech czech
Uploaded:27 Oct 2011 - 9:53 PM
Tags:Birds, Partridge, Wildlife / nature
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Davesumner
27 Oct 2011 - 11:56 PM

Hi Czech,

I picked this up from your portfolio:


Quote: Thanks for taking the trouble to look at my photos. I hope you enjoy them and I'd welcome your feedback and constructive criticism.

So here goes, the first thing is your lack of a description for the image, please write a description so that we can at least have half a chance at being accurate with critiquing your image.

Okay so onto the image, I looked at most of the images in your portfolio and you have some great shots in there but this one isn't nearly as good and I suspect that it was more of an opportunist shot than anything you intended to take. The bird is very central in the image even though it is looking to the right (which is probably straight at you) and it is a little out of focus. It may be that you've cropped into a larger image and that is the cause or images can lose their sharpness when they are reduced in size to post here. Also the image is very busy with twigs and stems in the foreground and around the bird. The background is good though and gives the bird some contrast against it.

I've had a go at mod where I have cropped to put the bird in the left side of the image. cloned some of the foliage from the image and darkened the rocks under the bird so they are less distracting. I blurred the background a little more and sharpened the image.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2011 - 8:45 AM

French partridge. Not really sharp enough I fear - the kit you have is first rate, so I guess you grabbed this hand held. At over 500mm, you were hoping a bit at 1/400. I assume the IS was on, but I have real doubts about how effective IS is in some cases, and it is a bit off here. I have four lenses with IS, or OS in Sigma terms - I can shake faster than all of them!

Paul

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czech
czech  2 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2011 - 5:44 PM

Hi Dave and Paul

Thanks very much for your comments (and modified image Dave). I agree that the bird is not as sharp as it should be. That could be due to camera shake, but I suspect it is due to the degree of cropping - I was hand-holding, but was sitting in a car and resting the lens on the half-open window. I had already cloned a very small bit of foliage that was blocking the bird's underparts, but additional cloning may be desirable and the darkening of the rocks has improved the image.

Czech

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