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Goldfinch about to land on thistle head.
cropped from the original and noise reduced (pic taken @ iso 800)

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 70-300 (@300)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Goldfinch
Username:Harpic Harpic
Uploaded:22 Mar 2010 - 7:56 PM
Tags:Bird, Flight, Goldfinch, Wildlife / nature
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RTR
RTR  5 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 8:17 PM

I think the problem here is over sharpening. This is an excellent composition, but is extremely difficult to do (I've never managed it, and have yet to master birds that sit still!). What you could do to try and save it, is select the bird, inverse the selection and wind the noise right down on all the background. If that fails you could always blur the background. It may then be ok to print at 6x4. Great colours. The shot just shows how very frustrating our hobby realy is! You think you've got the shot, get home and ... damn, just not quite right.
Fantastic effort though, Rich.

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
22 Mar 2010 - 8:41 PM

super composition.ray

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9115 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 9:06 PM

You will get a slight increase in grain at ISO800, but nowhere near as much as is visible in this image. I think that you have cropped the image too much from the original. This has caused the overall graininess and lack of detail in the image. Also the focus point is in front of the bird, in the same plain as the 2nd thistle head on the left.

I hope you do not feel I have been harsh, but I have tried to offer you constructive critique to improve your images.

Last Modified By DerekL at 22 Mar 2010 - 9:08 PM

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 3:25 AM

Hi

Did you mean to freeze the action as the wings tips are slightly blurred? Secondly the noise for me spoils the shot. As suggested at ISO 800 you will get some graining but I also think this has come from quite a substantial crop. Also I'm not sure that 300mm is large enough when photographing birds. I have a 300 lens and I have never managed to get a decent bird shot. Also the image of the bird or part of needs to be crisp and sharp and I dont see that here. Again I thnk this is due to a large crop - it would be interesting to see the original.

Ian

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Harpic
Harpic  4 England
23 Mar 2010 - 7:28 PM

Many thanks for the comments, it's nice to get some decent honest criticism. I think all the comments hit the mark, it was an enlarged crop from a relatively small area and the sharpening was done with picture project. I've since got CS4 and might getter better results. Some of my other shots that I'll upload have also been through the Picture project package, so apologies if, they to seem over sharp !.
I love the challenge of trying to get a decent bird shot (especially in flight) and until I can get a 500ish lens I'll have to hope I can get closer !.
Thaks again
Lee

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