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Really love these birds. One of over fifteen birds present at the little piece of scrub land and meadow land.

Wondering if you can help me improve on my images... I like to try to get to birds small in the frame. Here I have cropped in to pano style image, increased the saturation by +2, lowered the exposure, increased the contrast a little too. In the background, I also used the burn tool to darken a tree as it seemed to stand out quite nicely!

All comments and criticisms are welcome.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D2X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:400.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Oct 2011 - 3:31 PM
Focal Length:650mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Short Eared Owl
Username:Emmog Emmog
Uploaded:16 Dec 2011 - 9:56 PM
Tags:Birds of prey, October, Owl, Short eared owl, Sun set, Warmth, Wildlife / nature
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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9100 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2011 - 10:02 PM

Nice image.
However the focus on the bird and the field below do not seem to be at the same DOF

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2011 - 6:20 AM

I don't think there is a great deal you can improve here. Obviously the bird is very small in the image and it would have been nice to see him closer. The contrast of the bird against the background works well and the colours are lovely. You have cropped the image well, leaving lots of space for him to fly into, however I personally may have cropped off more of that grass in the foreground and bring the 'horizon' line onto the 1/3. Lovely. Jude

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2801 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2011 - 4:13 PM

Hi Matt,

Im a little unsure what youre after here. Youre saying that you like lots of space with the bird quite small, which is likely different to most bird shooters, but it can work. Most shooters would be after the bird detail.

In this shot, the bird is too small for me, - one opinion of course, and has the appearance of being at a distance that coincides with the out of focus blur area. May be an illusion due to the compression qualities of the long lens, but there nevertheless.

You didnt say if you used a tripod, - I assume you did, as the shutter speed is way too slow for this focal length, and probably for this type of shot. I will defer to regular bird in flight shooters if any want to weigh in, but I would have used shutter priority, set the speed to at least 1/1000, and used ISO to manage the aperture depending on available light. I would also use the autofocus tracking or servo mode to continuously focus on the bird.


I hope this may help in some way,



regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2011 - 4:26 PM

I can understand what you are doing, and it is effective. However, for me, the bird needs to be much larger. We see them quite a lot, (Barn Owls) and I love those super images with piercing eyes. Just the personal view.

paul

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SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2011 - 5:36 PM

For me the focused foreground distracts me from the owl. As Derek said, it makes you wonder how this can happen. So maybe a tighter crop to remove that area? Was that the bit of ground that was directly below the bird?

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Emmog
Emmog  538 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2011 - 8:31 PM

Thank you Derek, Jude, Willie, Paul and Sue. To be honest, I have no idea how I managed to get a weird looking DoF - I will have a look at cropping out that area.

Willie, I used a monopod to try to capture the Owl in flight. I find that the ISO above 640 on my camera is awful so I tried not to go higher but I totally understand what you mean as the other images that i took that evening were showing motion blur. I use continuous focus just about all the time for the reasons that you say.

Sue, I think that the area in focus was under the bird but the bird was a little far away to be sure.

Thank you for your critique. I have been really pleased to hear your opinions and tips. Thank you.

Matt

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2801 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2011 - 12:29 AM

Thanks for the update Mark. I understand the high ISO issue. Try some third party noise reducers, NIK, Noise Ninja, Neat Image, - free trials and see if they can help.



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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2011 - 9:12 AM

Theres nothing wrong with focus and, as you say, the bird and the area below is adequately sharp. It just looks a little strange because in front and behind are less so.

Paul

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Emmog
Emmog  538 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2011 - 7:53 PM

I hadn't thought of looking at noise reduction. Thanks Willie and Paul.

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