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Blue Tit

By ValSaxby  
Spent yesterday freezing at Slimbridge, but had a great time with these little chaps. Taken from a hide which enabled me to watch the small birds as well as some of the bigger chaps. Conditions were very dull, so thought I would try out some higher ISO settings, this was at 800. Which gave me faster shutter speeds, but did introduce some noise.

I was also trying the in camera sharpness setting for the first time and this was set to high.

Other settings - F5.6, 1/250, Zoom 363mm.

I really would like your opinions on this shot as I have not used this ISO or the sharpness settings before.

Also does anyone else use the Parameter settings? and what sort of level ?

I have no idea where the background colour came from, its how it came out of the camera, but I think it works pretty well with the colour of the Bird.

Thanks for looking

Val

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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webbo 17 19 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 11:49PM
large version is very nice, lovely colours,nice crop and framing too

Merv
3 Feb 2006 11:53PM
Thats a nice shot.

Carsten
TimJ 17 482 2 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 12:00AM
Very nice shot and very well composed.

I feel that it lacks a bit of punch though and the lighting is a bit flat but tried to correct in PS CS2 and uploaded a modified version, see what you think.

Definately a keeper.
klewis 17 1.9k 1 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 12:02AM
Good shot considering the conditions. Personally I have all the camera settings set to default and in camera sharpening turned off. You can then work in PS with an unmodified image and sharpen to the level you want giving a better image.

If you plan on submitting stock pics to a library then the in-camera sharpening is not normally accepted.
joko 17 1 Bulgaria
4 Feb 2006 12:05AM
Excellent capture!
Like the composition and the detail.

Jivko
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
4 Feb 2006 12:14AM
Top notch Val, agree with Kev on what he say's, however, what is nice to see is the clear improvement you have made over recent months with your wildlife photography. Well done mate, and keep em coming.....

Ade
ValSaxby 15 146 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 12:17AM
Thanks everyone. TimJ love the mod thanks for your time.

Thanks to Kev will switch off the in camera sharpening, one of those things I just had to try!

Thanks Ade for your comments, I am really enjoying my photography and its you guys who have helped any improvements that I have made. A big thank you to you all.

Val
webbo 17 19 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 12:35AM
I have added a modified shot Val if you wish to take a look, see what you think ?
Andy_Britten Junior Member 15 96 England
4 Feb 2006 1:01AM
Nice shot. I was at Slimbridge yesterday as well, we must have missed each other. Ade was coming though did the sensible thing and stayed in bed. I know what you mean about the light. ISO 800 is pushing your luck a bit as it does introduce noise, ISO 400 is fine. I switched between the two yesterday as the light pretty much dictated an ISO of 800. I tend to shoot raw, with no peramater adjustement. Though paramater 1 is quite a good setting when using large jpeg. Personally I think the shot is great. Perhaps next time we should start a thread and see who else us up for freezing at Slimbridge.
Andrew
JCowlan 15 England
4 Feb 2006 1:59AM
Excellent, lots of nice detail and well presented

James C
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
4 Feb 2006 2:18AM
Nice solid detail and color, well done! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
4 Feb 2006 3:52AM
Good shot of this great little bird--BG is nice , too

jennnnnnn
Andy_Britten Junior Member 15 96 England
4 Feb 2006 4:40AM
I forgot to click it, thats twice today. I am losing the plot
Andrew
ValSaxby 15 146 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 4:49AM
Thanks for the comments everyone.

Andrew, sorry to have missed you at slimbridge yesterday, there were quite a few photographers there. I did accost a couple and ask if they were members of epz and got some very strange looks! So after that decided best just to get on with taking pics, lol. Maybe we should set up a meet at Slimbridge. Its such a great place.

Will have a think about dates.....need to fit in with work :-(

Val
MoWiz 16 114 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 5:14AM
This is superb Val, well done
Mo
BerthaDBluze 16 19
4 Feb 2006 5:24AM
Wonderful shot with good colors and detail! Smile
I haven't tried any of the in camera settings, thought I'd learn everything at once so I put my camera on raw and left it (probably part of my problem getting better shots lol!). Sounds like the sharpening isn't a good idea. Smile
pcjackso Junior Member 16 7
4 Feb 2006 8:42AM
Nice shot.well captured
Pauline
terry_cavner 16 332 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 8:50AM
Excellent capture Val
ChrisOs 16 2 1 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 10:07AM
Excellent shot.
The out of focus background colours can come as a pleasant surprise when you've been concentrating on the main subject.
I prefer to do any sharpening in Photoshop; either Unsharp Mask or High Pass. Either way you're in control.
Chris
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
4 Feb 2006 12:07PM
Very nice capture. A little tweak on the contrast would help.

Edit: just looked at the mods, the one by webbo looks just right.

Keith
4 Feb 2006 12:10PM
Great shot Val.

Mandie
bzbee 17 108 3 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 11:27PM
Lovely shot, Val and I particulary like the catchlight. The dof is really good - the backgound perfect although perhaps a teeny bit more would get the bird sharp from front to back - however, it's hard to judge in camera. Also, in this terrible light, you were lucky to do so well. The effects of the high ISO are not that noticeable but I would avoid using the in-camera sharpening because you have far more control after dwonloading and it can sharpen the noise!! Wish I could have been there yesterday..
ValSaxby 15 146 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 11:47PM
Thanks to everyone for their help and comments on this one. I have already turned off the sharpening in camera. Thanks to everyone who explained the downsides of this. you have all been brilliant with giving help since I Joined this site. Thanks to Timj & Webbo for the super mods.

Val
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2006 8:22AM
I love the soft light and the background colour, lovely shot,
Chris.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
5 Feb 2006 12:26PM
Nice shot , excellent detail .
Pete .

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