Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Username:
Password:
Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Welcome visitor

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

Add Comment

This guy is so nervous, it took 100+ shots plus several bags of Sultanas.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Jun 2012 - 4:45 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Welcome visitor
Username:straightbat straightbat
Uploaded:18 Jun 2012 - 6:49 AM
Tags:Garden wildlife, Wildlife / nature
VS Mode Rating Unrated
These stats show the percentage of wins and the rating score that your photo has achieved. You can go to the VS Mode by clicking on this icon.

Signup to e2

Signup to e2 to see which photo this has won or lost against in the vs mode
Votes:Voting Disabled
Critque wantedCritique Wanted
Has Modifications Modifications Welcome (Upload a Modification)
Awards have been disabled on this photo

Comments

This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.
EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2012 - 8:25 AM

A fine image showing good detail. Patience rewarded!
Joan.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2012 - 8:46 AM

A nice image of a Thrush. Just faintly off focus and you were at 400mm with 1/400 sec. IS is good, but dampens shake and it is quite possible to beat it. I have the Sigma 18/250 OS lens which is very good, but tends to a slight softness at the extreme telephoto end, and, without testing, I guess the canon version will be the same too.

I keep an old monopod in our porch ready to grab for such shots - you can't beat some kind of rigid camera support.

Paul

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Davesumner
18 Jun 2012 - 8:56 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi David,

Welcome to the Critique Gallery with your first post.

Great capture and considering the time of day and harsh sunlight you've done pretty well here. I'm a little concerned as to why the entire image is not sharp, normally there is one part that is sharp yet here there doesn't seem to be any here. Perhaps camera movement which is usually the cause in these cases although it may be that you've cropped right in to the image and cropped out the sharp bits. This is one of those grab shots that you have to get when you can but a bit of food and some patience will pay off in the long run. The background is a little distracting with the bright green leaves but I think toning them down in post prod should fix that. With regards to composition, it isn't always best to have your subject central in the frame and having a bit of space on the left for the bird to move into would help here.

I have done a very quick mod where I have darkened down the background, lightened the birds eye slightly and sharpened.

Hope it helps

DaVeS

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2866 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2012 - 7:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi David, - another welcome to EPZ.

I have downloaded this shot, and looked at it closely.

Theres a few additional comments and possibilities I can add.

First is how to re size, and upload, which has a sharpening step you may have missed.

Resize image: Image>Image size> set pixels per inch to 72; then set the longest side to what the site allows; then during the save as process, you will adjust the quality slider to get the right file size, then save.

Next: OPen the new image. Check for sharpness at 100%. It will very likely need to be sharpened. You can use whatever method you prefer; here is a reliable method you can use:

Filter>sharpen>unsharp mask; set Radius = 0.8; set threshold = 3; now slide the Amount slider all the way to the right, which oversharpens the shot; then slide it slowly back to the left until it doesnt look soft, and doesnt look too sharp. You can view your image and turn Preview on and off to see how youre doing. When your happy, press OK, then SAVE. Now upload.


Next is the use of multiple, and single focus points with the camera. The default setting uses nine focus points, - those red squares. Using the nine will more often than not give you an image that has missed focusing on tat one area you wanted sharp. Most shooters, especially wildlife, will use a single focus point, place it on the birds eye, then shoot. Check your user manual to see how to select individual focus points, - you can select any of the nine, - much better approach.

The, looking at the downloaded shot, and applying a lot of sharpening, I feel that your focus point was just at the camera side of the bird, leaving the head out of focus. When I sharpen, the near feathers respond quickly, but the head requires 3 times the amount of sharpening as the near side feathers, a sure sign that the focus was not on the head, - the critical area to have sharp.


Thirs is the mode you used, Program AE, which will make all the decisions for you, but does allow you to over ride ant setting. It selected f/6.3, whereas f/8 may have given you a better result. Assuming you were 30 feet away, f/6.3 gives you a depth of field of about 1 foot, and f/8 gives you 1.3 feet, - might have been enough extra to render the head properly.


heres a useful link for understanding aperture and depth of field: http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html


I will also upload the mod, - its simply sharpened, - a lot.



Hope this is helpful, and enjoy the site.



Regards



Willie

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

straightbat
18 Jun 2012 - 11:58 PM

Thanks Guys, will try and take this onboard. Part of the problem was- new camera, big kid with new toy. Yes it was a bad crop, so that is easy to improve. Willie, which editing program are you refering to? As for Pauls remarks, I agree photo was rushed hence the shake. Thanks again this is a much better way to learn.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

- Original Poster Comments
- Your Posts

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Username:
Password:
Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.