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f4, ISO 1/640, ISO 400

Well I could have done 2 things to help myself - firstly I could have got down for a much lower angle, I got really close to the swans and they were not paying much worry to me being there, but I was not getting down into the mud in what I was wearing! so it was a crouch shot at best.
Secondly I could have got my flash out and tried to get a more lowkey effect and use a lower ISO - but I didn't want to risk spooking the birds.

I feel that this shot is lacking something - maybe a crop - or maybe I should go more and edit the background towards lowkey (I like lowkey)

Any advice?

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L + 1.4 teleconverter
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Swan
Username:Overread Overread
Uploaded:4 Mar 2009 - 8:21 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6521 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2009 - 8:35 PM

The exposure is spot on showing lovely detail very clear too. - gary

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vandalp  6
4 Mar 2009 - 8:35 PM

Nice capture, yes I think I would have cropped it.
Vanda

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rogues  10 India
4 Mar 2009 - 8:36 PM

too much of dead space in the frame, but its still a fab shot

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wildlife_snapper

This is a very nice image. Pin sharp and excellent colors. The bird has room to move into as it should. So need to crop.

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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
4 Mar 2009 - 11:10 PM

Great close up shot, I think a portrait crop would work.
Jeff

Last Modified By jgmford at 4 Mar 2009 - 11:10 PM

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
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Quote: I feel that this shot is lacking something - maybe a crop - or maybe I should go more and edit the background towards lowkey (I like lowkey)

You are thinking along the right lines here, I feel. The highlights need to be reined in a bit otherwise you are in danger of losing details in the feathers (shadows/highlights tool for that). Then a crop from the left and, selectively, darkening the background to give more apparent contrast between the subject and its b/g. I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects these comments which I hope help.

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Overread
Overread  63746 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2009 - 1:31 PM

Thanks All!
I do agree with the highlitghts and background contrast boost CB it makes a noticable different - still can't get on with the cropping though - though square is possibly the best rout.
Online I think its best to leave it as is - were I ever to print this though I think the square would be needed otherwise way too much of the print is wasted space

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