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Blue Eyed Goose

By MoonDog50
Sleeping goose at local park.

Do you want critique? Yes - any comments on how to improve the photo.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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13 Nov 2012 2:08PM
Well-exposed whites. Lovely image.

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
13 Nov 2012 4:01PM
Welcome to EPZ Duane.

A nice close shot with good eye detail.

When shooting a largely white subject, rather than setting exposure compensation to negative values, you need to do the opposite, use something like + 2/3. The white here is underexposed by approximately one stop. Its a little counter intuitive; its opposite shooting mostly black, - like a black cat, you use negative exposure comp, as the camera will always try to produce a grey image.

Another thing to consider is composition. Rather than get into details, Google rule of thirds, golden mean, etc and get to know what they mean. Its better to be aware of the "rules", - guidelines really, so you can either use them, modify them, or ignore them. As an example, the eye is close to centered in this horizontally, and to show what different composition looks like, Ive uploaded a mod, - scroll up to the modifications tab and click. Ive also corrected the exposure, sharpened, and extracted a little more feather detail by toning down highlights using the highlight tool in CS. As this also lends itself nicely yo an abstract interpretation with the nice lines, Ive also uploaded a mod with an oil paint effect.

Hope this is helpful, and enjoy the site.


13 Nov 2012 4:09PM
Thanks Willie - very helpful!
13 Nov 2012 4:13PM
Willie, I forgot to mention, the Nikon D80 has a reported firmware issue that leads to overexposure under some circumstances, so I keep it at a - for that reason. If you or anyone else can confirm it would be appreciated.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 7:26PM
You set up your camera to produce the file you prefer. For normal shooting all my Canons are set for minus a third of a stop to protect against burn out on the prinvipal that it is easier to lighten than darken. I think you are a little under here and that being a bit brighter will add some zing.

Eye very central, but works quite well here.

13 Nov 2012 7:36PM
Thanks Paul.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
14 Nov 2012 12:29AM
I see some chatter about a problem years back, but nothing recent. The latest firmware is 1.11 which I imagine you have. Check the EPZ forums, - you might get something there:


14 Nov 2012 12:40AM
Thanks Willie - I ordered a copy of the D80 users guide.

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