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PAINTED STORK PELICANS AND OPEN STORK BILL LIVING IN HARMONY. IMAGE TAKEN AT A BIRD SANCTUARY NEAR MY HOMETOWN. I AM NOT INTO ANY GENRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, TRY TO CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF NATURE TO ENJOY. I WANT TO TECHNICALLY IMPROVE MY IMAGES. yOUR COMMENTS PL.

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 - 5:25 AM
Focal Length:84mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:LIVING IN HARMONY
Username:ukgubbi ukgubbi
Uploaded:24 Apr 2013 - 3:20 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
24 Apr 2013 - 4:12 AM

A lovely capture !! I have never seen a Painted Stork pelican before - what a lovely bird it is Smile

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prabhusinha
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24 Apr 2013 - 4:48 AM

Lovely , well spotted.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 9:21 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice group, but, although difficult to tell at this size, despite your fast shutter speed, doesn't seem too sharp and you are not at a long focal length. Are you supporting the camera. It is possible to shake at this shutter speed, but you would be better at f8 or 11 for the best from the lens and remember, even at short focal lengths, your lens is physically a 250 mm, thus rather heavy.

Paul

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
24 Apr 2013 - 9:53 AM

thanks for the inputs

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 10:35 AM

Paul's right, the image doesn't look sharp at all. Was this sharpened after it was resized for the web?

What I find strange is if this is shake-induced blur. This isn't among the heaviest of lenses for sure, I own a 55-250 and it's barely heavy, so if the lack of sharpness is due to shake then I suggest you try to use a tripod or support the lens as you shoot. I think at the shutter speed this was taken, shake really shouldn't have been a problem, particularly given the IS in this lens. Was the stabiliser on when you took this? I can easily get up to three stops slower shutter speed when the IS is on with this lens. Use it if shooting handheld!

Some final comments...was this shot from behind glass maybe? Also, do you have any other shots that are zoomed in on one of the pelicans only, so we can compare the sharpness? And finally, are you shooting RAW or JPEG? Exif says JPEG and if that's the case I suggest shooting RAW to get some more freedom when dealing with the image in post-processing work, particularly when it comes to sharpness, white-balance corrections and so on.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2779 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 2:26 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a good nature shot Uma.

Your shot settings are fine, but with such bright light, you could have used ISO 100, which would have provided a shutter speed of 1/400, which is very fast for 84mm, and the image quality would be the best you can get.

Your original is sharp I would say, and the only reason its not looking sharp here is due to the process you used for re sizing and uploading. I see no evidence of shake.

What you need to do: Image>resize longest side>save-as new file name at highest quality (ignore file size); then open the new file, check it for sharpness, and adjust as needed. Many images lose a lot of detail when compressed to a smaller size, and this will compensate. When you have sharpened, then save, and only then upload.


I did upload a mod that I have sharpened, its the only change Ive made.



regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 24 Apr 2013 - 2:27 PM

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 5:36 PM


Quote: A lovely capture !! I have never seen a Painted Stork pelican before - what a lovely bird it is Smile

I agree
Ju

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