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Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A700
Lens:DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:31 Jul 2010 - 3:57 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:African Pied Kingfisher
Username:pdunstan_Greymoon pdunstan_Greymoon
Uploaded:3 Jan 2013 - 7:16 AM
Tags:Kingfisher., Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
Votes:12

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 7:51 AM

Nice image..
A like bit of camera shake but a cracking image...

Dave

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pdunstan_Greymoon
pdunstan_Greymoon e2 Member 2pdunstan_Greymoon vcard United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 - 8:05 AM

Yes I agree with you about the camera shake, it's a shame really because it's the only shot I managed to get of this bird before it flew off, hence I did rush it a little. It was taken from a boat with too slow a shutter speed.
Paul

Last Modified By pdunstan_Greymoon at 3 Jan 2013 - 8:06 AM

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philhomer
philhomer  432 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 8:40 AM


Quote: Yes I agree with you about the camera shake, it's a shame really because it's the only shot I managed to get of this bird before it flew off, hence I did rush it a little. It was taken from a boat with too slow a shutter speed.
Paul

without wishing to kick a man when down, the other issue with the image is that the white areas are indistinct due to over-exposure.

we all rush an image occasionally but a couple of easy steps would help you -

i) your camera would work with a higher ISO without introducing excess noise - i am not familiar with your model but this is likely to be less than 1/2 of it's quoted highest - ie my own camera will go to 3200 but i know that 1000 - 1250 is the absolute maximum for a reasonable image.

a higher ISO would give you a better shutter speed but still allow you to use aperture priority so thta you can determine your depth of field subject to personal preference. your 7.1 here would not be a bad choice although i personally tend to err toward wider


ii) negative exposure compensation could / should be used to reduce or eliminate that 'blowing' of the whites (but will also darken the whole image so don't over-do it)
as you are choosing the aperture, the camera must give a faster shutter if exposing 'to the left' so this will also help with the shutter speed blur.


iii) conisder the rule of 'reciprocity' to help avoid camera shake

i hope you will consider this an attempt to be of help rather than a negative post, regards

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 1:00 PM

At least you got your shot; nice try.
Ju

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pdunstan_Greymoon
pdunstan_Greymoon e2 Member 2pdunstan_Greymoon vcard United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 - 1:08 PM

Thanks for the constructive critique. I took that photo two or three years ago when I was just starting out, there are a lot of things I would do differently now but I do appreciate your advice. I appreciate any advice that will help me improve!

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 8:16 PM

never seen one of these before. great capture. paul

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