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I am not very good at identifying birds. I feel this is bird heron. Pl correct me if i am wrong

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:55.0 - 250.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 86.5 - 393.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Apr 2013 - 5:40 AM
Focal Length:200mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:BIRD HERON
Username:ukgubbi ukgubbi
Uploaded:4 May 2013 - 1:57 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 2:19 AM

It certainly looks like a heron and beautiful colours too.
Nice capture…..GrinGrinGrin

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
4 May 2013 - 5:02 AM

A lovely capture of this beautiful bird Uma Smile

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6694 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom290 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 8:57 AM

An interesting image and a good capture of the subject hiding in its environment.

I guess this was hand-held but even so the choice of ISO for the bright conditions looks a little high and perhaps you could have shot at ISO100 which would still have allowed a fast enough shutter speed to prevent camera shake even at the 200mm end of your zoom. I would also of considered opening up the aperture to maximum to decrease the depth of field and further soften the leaves and branches around the bird. Not being there its hard to pass comment on shooting position but looking at this I feel like I want to step a little further to the left to see more of the birds body. A small point.

Equally although the composition places the subject in the environment I wonder if a portrait composition and filling the frame would be a stronger shot of the bird.

Still this is an appealing image, well exposed and sharp.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 5:09 PM

A nice capture, Uma, and so natural. Just tree and sky as background.
I like Paul's modification, his cropping and blurring, and the way he has left the one branch in focus.
I have simply used his modification (hope he won't mind) and cloned out some of the foliage that is behind the bird. My second modification goes that little bit further. It just helps to isolate the bird's head from the background. There isn't much you could have done about the foliage at the time of shooting.
Pamela.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 11:18 PM

400 ISO is the right idea for birds, the problem is bird shake not camera shake. A closer crop is appropriate, the colours are excellent!
Yes, certainly a heron.

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