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This crotchety individual never stays still and I feel lucky in having captured him at all. I am sorry to have lost the point of his tail.

When this guy's araoung no other birds venture near the food.Grin

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Dec 2010 - 4:52 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Portrait
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Whyda
Username:DPhillips DPhillips
Uploaded:24 Jan 2011 - 10:18 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2011 - 2:54 PM

What an amazing bird, Dorian. I have never seen anything quite like it before.

As Frank says a difficult bird to photograph particularly given its long tail and black and white plumage. Inevitably with that long tail you will get the bird at one end of the pic which is not ideal from a composition perspective. It might be better to go with a portrait shot with the tail behind. At least this would minimise the feeding material on the ground.

The black and white plumage is very difficult to get just right and you have to experiment with the exposures. With your shot if you look at the histogram you have both blocked shadows and blown highlights as the pixel display reaches the end on both left and right sides. I have uploaded a mod for you where I have done my best to correct the exposure using a combination of a levels adjustment for the shadows and the reduce highlights tool for the highlights.

I also sharpened the shot by about 80% with unsharp mask.

Hope this helps

Catherine

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DPhillips
DPhillips  3 South Africa
24 Jan 2011 - 3:08 PM

Frank I don't know where you saw that but I definitely did not set the camera to Portrait.

Thanks for your input Catherine. This bird moves like lightning and there is no way settings can be changed while he is in the frame.

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DPhillips
DPhillips  3 South Africa
24 Jan 2011 - 6:18 PM

Frank I appologize publicly here on the forum. I am a beginner aND UNTIL NOW DIDN'T KNOW A THING ABOUT exiF.

Regarding the setting I had my camera on Auto and it most probably set itself to Portrait.

I trust you will forgive me since I had no intention of belittling you ever.

Regards

Dorian PhillipsSmile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2011 - 9:28 PM

A decent image and you cropped well. you did need that bit of tail having got most of the rest of it, but a shot of him on a branch or similar in portrait mode would look more natural. Probably not possible.

I wish they would leave these modes off digital SLR's. You buy the SLR to be a better photographer, you do not need modes. Just auto, P, Tv, Av and manual. You can then do everything.

Paul

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