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Grey Heron taken on the river Ant, Norfolk Broads.

Brand:Samsung
Camera:Samsung NX300 Check out Samsung NX Generation!
Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Apr 2014 - 8:08 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:3200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Grey Heron
Username:Spring2bok Spring2bok
Uploaded:28 Apr 2014 - 10:09 PM
Tags:General, Wildlife / nature
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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6769 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom290 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2014 - 10:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good Evening Anthony and welcome to the Critique Gallery. I note you have been around for some time but this appears to be your first venture into the CG.

You have a captivating image here. Plenty of detail and clearly taken as dusk began to fall.

There are a couple of things here that may help. Firstly the framing. Hard to comment when not there and able to see what was in front of the bird in terms of the landscape, however, with the Heron positioned side on to camera, and looking forward, it would be more desirable to have more space in front rather than behind the subject. The space behind becomes wasted. I will upload a mod ( a bit rough) but to show the effect of shifting the space in the image to to where the bird is looking.

The second point here is that the image is a little washed out and flat. Looking at the histogram the exposure graph looks fine however it needs a boost in contrast and colour saturation. I'll demonstrate that again in the mod. This is achieved using levels adjustment in PS and moving the shadow and highlight sliders in to meet the ends of the exposure curve. Then a hue/saturation adjustment with a small increase in the overall saturation to lift the colour.

I hope that helps and would love to know what you think.

Regards
Paul

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phil1963
phil1963 e2 Member 2264 forum postsphil1963 vcard United Kingdom
28 Apr 2014 - 10:39 PM

Pauls is better than mineSmileSmileSmileSmile

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2795 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2014 - 11:02 PM

Hi Anthony.

One of the reasons for uploading to this gallery is to see if theres something you can do to get a better shot, or improve the shout you have uploaded.

Looking at your settings, (BTW you dont have a Canon lens, you have the Samsung NX 50-200m, f/4-f/5.6.), your lens was wide open at f/5.6, where its least sharp; your ISO is very high, at 3200; you shot in JPEG, which will apply quite a bit of softening to remove ISO noise, which will also reduce detail; and you are relying on the OIS system in the lens to support a slow shutter speed. Given all of this, the result is quite good.

Along with the post processing feedback from Paul, for future shots: Try shooting in RAW so you can choose the amount of noise reduction; if shooting JPEG, and the camera lets you select the amount, or aggressiveness of noise reduction, set it to low; and the obvious is to look for better light where you can use lower ISO.

If you feel adventurous, experiment with the Shutter priority and Aperture priority modes.



regards



Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2014 - 12:33 PM

A nice image and a very good try. For me, just a bit more density and that right hand crop. The bird needs to be on the right, looking left.

Paul

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Spring2bok
Spring2bok e2 Member Spring2bok vcard Wales
2 May 2014 - 2:25 PM

Thankyou all for your response to my photo & the modifications, I will certainly take all the tips you have given me & remember them them for future phot's.
thanks again
Anthony

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