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I was watching the swallows on the fence. I hadn't realised they were young ones until Mum came along with food. As you can see its going down the hatch. Wink

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:120-400mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jul 2014 - 2:20 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Open Wide
Username:karkley karkley
Uploaded:27 Jul 2014 - 7:21 PM
Tags:Feeding birds, Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2896 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2014 - 7:38 PM

Quite an amazing image. Well timed, well focused. Perhaps this is why we call them swallows!


Its small in the frame as you know, and cropping closer is a good idea; also a little underexposed, not a lot, but it responds well to a little more exposure, and sharpening.


Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean. The border is added to fill in the lost pixels from cropping.

Well done,



regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 27 Jul 2014 - 7:38 PM

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4660 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2014 - 7:42 PM

Cracking shot !!....lightning reflexes methinks ??.Smile

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11125 forum postsdudler vcard England330 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2014 - 7:56 PM

I'll add: the composition is really well seen and developed. The fence frames the picture.

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101490 forum postsdark_lord vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2014 - 8:58 PM

There's nothing wrong with your focussing techniqe or reaction times.
Closer and with no clipping of the bird by the fence would be fine in an ideal world. We've all been there trying. But you can't control how and where they'll land.
Nonetheless, Willie has done a great job. If you don't want to crop so much, I'd trim off the right hand side just to put the birds on an image third so they are off centre - always a useful approach.

Keith

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom859 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 2:32 PM

Very, very difficult to do and you have a reasonable effort indeed. Ideally, you need the birds rather larger in the frame with possibly a touch more exposure, but ideal and sensibly possible are not always the same.

Paul

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karkley
karkley  1 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2014 - 6:45 PM

Thanks for the advice form everyone. I shall go back to the original and use your good advice to improve the picture.
regards
Keith

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