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Blackbird on guttering

By semismooth
One of the first shots taken with my 70-300mm Tamron lens. I was sitting on my garden chair and this fellow poked his head over the edge. I physically leant over backwards looked up and took the shot.

Tags: Birds Wildlife and nature

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Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2012 6:52PM
I have done a mod for you, I think the main problem was the exposure, because you were shooting straight up into the sky it was loosing all the colours and detail in the bird, I corrected the exposure best I could and gave it more saturation of colours, I did a tiny bit of blur before a bit of sharpening which got rid of the whiskers round his face. Hope this helpsSmile

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
26 Feb 2012 10:19PM
Hi John,

What are you, some sort of contortionist or a very bendy Wendy in diguise Wink. Good reactions John which gave you an image of a Blackbird from an angle not often posted, well done. I agree with Diane, you never had enough time to take a meter reading, adjust the settings and ask Mr Bird in a nice way if he could just hang on a minute, hey thats life. I have extended the canvas to the left and top as I feel the image is cropped a little to tight (in my eye's) and lightened the Blackbird to bring out a touch more detail.

Keep the camera handy, you never know what you may see from a contortionist's position Wink Grin

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 10:44AM
As outlined above, the main problem here is one of exposure. Don't be afraid to blow out the sky to pure white in a shot like this, since there's nothing going on there anyway.

semismooth 6 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 4:35PM
Thank you all for your comments. Unfortunately I am getting less flexible as years roll by. Fefe, your mod. certainly improved the look of the shot by tidying up the "scruffy bits". Martin, that bit more exposure certainly brought out more detail. Frank, the new sky improved the shot no end. Again your comments are much appreciated and very helpful. Thanks.

paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 7:05PM
You are using manual, but getting the exposure wrong. How are you metering - from something getting the same lighting I hope - not just pointing the camera at the main scene. You must look at your use of the cameras metering system if you are going to use manual - it is the best route providing you fully understand how the metering works.

The image is also a bit un-sharp. Almost certainly shake I would think. 1/100 second is nowhere near fast enough for hand holding a long lens.


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