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Bearded Tit

By Bigpoolman
Very happy to have seen one of these for the first time. Not that I am a twitcher (well not yet anyway) but I did visit Leighton Moss today to hopefully get a shot of one of these rather distinctive birds.

Cropped and quickly edited in LR.

Comments very welcome.

Tim



Tags: Nature Autumn Wildlife and nature 2017 LeightonMoss

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AndyTheBee 11 1 Scotland
25 Oct 2017 7:26PM
Wonderful how (s)he blends into the native habitat. Great photo, well spotted and captured.
Andy
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
25 Oct 2017 7:43PM
How much of a crop is it Tim?
You can post the complete frame as a mod.

The reason I ask is that it is soft and it would be nice to know if that's because we're looking at quite an enlargement (i'm guessing it is given the high quality of the 5D4) which would show up any issues in technique. (It is sharper than some shots that get uploaded here that perversely seem attract a lot of votes).

So assuming it is a heavy crop I think your capture technique is fine as it's acceptable for screen viewing. I'd have gone to ISO 400 as that's nothing for the 5D4, just to be able to use a faster shutter speed, given the focal length (even if it has IS) and the fast moving nature of small birds like this.

I have to admit I'd be pleased getting this as I've not even seen one of thes birds.
25 Oct 2017 8:20PM
Keith mod uploaded. I am shooting auto ISO with manually set speed and aperture. It was on a monopod though not sure whether that helped or not. Tim
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2017 9:21PM
You know what? I really like the original. It's almost an abstract, all those straight, angled lines, with the bird apparently posing for all its worth, one eye on the camera as it pretends to act naturally. (OK I'm indulging in anthropomorphic fantasy here...)

I see it as being about the context, the bird's natural environment, as much as about the species. I've uploaded a tighter crop, but not as tight as yours. Square, for the abstract quality, with the bird off-centre to be a part of the whole rather than the single subject.

The light on those reeds is fabulous! I could have serious photographic fun with them even without the bird.
Moira
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
25 Oct 2017 10:18PM
Given the enlargement from part of the frame, this is impressive.

I like the busyness of yoru original post's framing.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
25 Oct 2017 10:23PM
Thanks for that Tim, so your cropped version is impressive for the quality.

There are numerous crops available, portrait format could work very well.

A monopod will help a lot.Any image stabilisation will be more effective as it won't have to work hard. Not to mention less arm ache!
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2017 2:03PM
I actually like most aspects except one, it is soft. Unfortunately one of the main criteria of such images is critical sharpness on the head at least. To be fair, it's not far off and more than adequate for many purpose but would be rejected for publication on the softness.

A monopod WILL help, a lot, but why ISO 200. I know the lower the better for ultimate quality, but I would have been at 400 or 800 here. Your f9 will help lens performance a touch but I like to be at around 1/1000 minimum for such shows. If time allows, shoot some at various ISO settings, but be very careful with auto ISO as you are loosing control and ISO 200 is rarely fast enough at 500 mm - 800 in effect even on a tripod where even a bit of wind will soften results.

Paul

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