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Morning All.

OK, So now for something completely different Wink This time Ive not gone in so close and got the whole of Cheep.

Im hoping this will show you all that I did get lots of different images....

Ive, again not done much to my processing.

1. Is it NOT enough ??
2. Is it TOO much ??

I know composition is just as important, but at the momement Im concentrating on my processing, I have after all already taken the images so I cant do much about that.

BUT, I need to be not so scared about working on them, I need to get on with it and do it, so any help you can give me is listened to and appreciated.

This was the third image I took of Cheep, so please REMEMBER that was only my THIRD time I had ever taken a photograph of a bird.........

It was a little windy and feathers were moving but I was using a tripod.

Im thinking I didnt blur the background out enough.

Technie details are as follows :

Shutter Speed : 1/400sec
Aperture Priority
Aperture Value F/4.0
ISO : 400

Thanks for looking guys, its a reflective day today as Lindyn is laid to rest.

Have a peaceful and friendly day. Smile

Lee Smile

BTW, Ive marked it for critique if only just o show that comments are worth more to me than votes Smile

Ive allowed mods as per usual, so go to it folkes, I love them xx

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 300mm 2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Cheep the Owl
Username:WelshKiwi WelshKiwi
Uploaded:14 May 2008 - 10:05 AM
Tags:Birds, Captive, Cheep, General, Mwfc, Owl, Pets / captive animals, Wales, Wildlife / nature
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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110166 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2008 - 11:23 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good focus on the eyes and sufficient DOF to get all the information on the Owl but subdue the background.

The wind blowing the feathers made me smile, the Owl looked quite offended Smile

I've put up a mod which you may think adds some more detail

I've just spotted that this is only your third bird pic, I'de say you are doing well.

On the question of aperture, I think f4 was a good choice, as I said, you've got quite a good blur of the background. In part you may have been limited by the distance between the bird and the background - if its too close its difficult to get an ideal out of focus effect.

You are using the right lens for this type of shot, have you tried it at f2.8? It may lose you some of the feather detail but if you focus spot on the eyes you may find its even closer to what you want.

Last Modified By brian1208 at 14 May 2008 - 11:29 AM

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Angi_Wallace
Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2008 - 2:52 PM

Its a lovely image, you should be very proud of it.

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xstevex
xstevex  689 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 8:48 AM

hi lee nice image
theres only one thing i dont like its the bottom half of backgroung,the white on the right is very distracting i know you are limited on options here ?
love the detail in the feathers and eyes.

i think your close up of bird was much better as its the kind of shot i take
from your little invisable friend

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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  63231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 9:53 AM

Thanks All and to Brian for the crit and the mod. Smile

Ive only just caught up with all this as I was out yeasterday, Im glad to see someone else marked your comment for great crit Smile

Im really determined to learn this stuff proper.....

Lee Smile

Last Modified By WelshKiwi at 15 May 2008 - 9:53 AM

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82275 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom123 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 3:59 PM

Agree with Brian Lee - nice to some of these pics at last.

Adam

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 6:02 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Meant to comment on this one yesterday, specifically in regard to Brian's comment about using f/2.8.

The main problem with that would be the face. At f/2.8 whilst the eyes would be sharp the beak would probably not be and that would make the image lose impact.

I expect that in amongst the hundreds you took you can find a file that illustrates this (even if not at f/2.8) - eye to beak sharpness in bird shots tends to make them sit comfortably with the viewer.

The better solution would be to do what Malcolm and I had originally planned which is to move Cheep away from the background. However, as the foliage really wasn't that good (and not as good as previously) it did not seem worth it.

We did talk on the day about trying to use the far tree foliage as a background, but I can appreciate wanting to see a little detail in the branches.

So I'll take the blame, but please if you try f/2.8 don't take all the shots at that aperture or you'll be really disappointed.

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newy17
newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
17 May 2008 - 12:49 PM

well i like this one out of three images and carnt offer any crit cos i know nout about taking pics of birds,,
and ive done a mod,,
ian

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