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Over the last little while I have been uploading my captures of a MUTE SWAN family along with other birds down at a local park (Bayfront Park) in my hometown of Hamilton, ON (Canada.)

I feel this is one the better captures and thus want comments instead of votes etc, and like the rest the post processing beings with using Camera-in-the-RAW, used the BLACK EYE to set the COLOUR BALANCE, and then opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 where I resized to 401 x 600 px, and then applied the UNSHARP MASK and saved as JPEG for upload.

Brand:PENTAX Corporation
Camera:Pentax *ist DL2 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jul 2014 - 10:37 AM
Focal Length:160mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:MUTE SWAN BACK AGAIN
Username:TimothyDMorton TimothyDMorton
Uploaded:6 Aug 2014 - 1:00 AM
Tags:Bayfront park, Hamilton, Mute swan, Ontario, Wildlife / nature
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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2014 - 6:32 AM

The whites appear to be blowing out and, as a result, you will lose detail in these areas. Try to use -2/3rds to -1 stop of exposure compensation to stop this from happening.

Your exposure meter will be fooled by such a bright subject and the photo will come out over exposed. By using some negative exposure compensation this will darken the photo and stop the highlights from over exposing and losing detail.

Last Modified By Paintman at 6 Aug 2014 - 6:33 AM

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101507 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2014 - 12:12 AM

There is a shadow across the bottom of the image, which is annoying once noticed. You've cropped the edges very close to the bird. Images generally look better with a little more room around the bird. However, as it's a head shot we'd expect it to be cropped in somewhat, and because of that there is redundant space above the bird.

This is taken looking down on the bird, and a stronger more interesting image would be had if you were able to get down lower so that you're on the same level as the bird - and that would help avoid that shadow, too.

Keith

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paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2014 - 8:42 AM

Tighter crop needed, but you are either over exposed or over processed, or both. You have blown whites. You are not getting your RAW processing right, or your screen is badly calibrated. RAW will allow you to recover exposure errors better than JPG and you are not doing that. Enlarge a white area on your screen and adjust to just retain detail.

Paul

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