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Blue Tit

By marshall
This is first image I've upload although been a member for a will any any feedback is always welcome. My main photo interest in wildlife and landscape photograph.

Tags: Blue tit Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4152 Canada
22 Jun 2020 2:22PM
It certainly too you a while to get here!

Its a nice shot, with reasonable detail. You may notice that using a white border and a white background makes the border invisible, so select a different background when uploading, or use a fine dark line around the image as Ive done in the modification.

The main tweaks Ive applied are sharpening, and lifted shadows which can make the image a little brighter and clearer.

Its a good result from an old sensor, though I wonder why ISO 100 wasnt your chosen value?


Regards


Willie

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22 Jun 2020 2:42PM
Thank you Willie for your comments I always worry about over sharpening my images and is a skill I need to spend a bit more time on. ISO 200 was used as I had only just got the lens and was probable over compensated for camera shake which I do struggle with than using my larger lenses.

Regards

Marshall
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1682 England
22 Jun 2020 4:51PM
And welcome form me, too!

With an older camera, you have a couple of bits of heavy lifting to do: first, you can't use the high ISO settings that more recent cameras allow, restricting the range of shutter speeds and apertures you can use.

You also have fewer AF points, and slower AF, which makes focus on the bird's eye harder to achieve, and also pushes you towards tight composition, because you don't have pixels to spare in cropping.

Having said all of that, this is way outside my photographic comfort zone... Whatever the equipment, I'd struggle to do this well. So i'm impressed - and can definitely suggest that the more practising you do, the better the results will get.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2020 6:58PM
Hello, Marshall, and welcome to EPZ and its Critique Gallery.

You caprtured the blue tit very well, and its open beak and eye catchlight give added interest. Your background is very clean with no distractions.

The only thing that I would suggest is to have more space in front of your bird (on the left of the frame) and a bit less behind it (on the right of the frame). This is a popular compositional guideline that works for many images, not only of living things, but also of flowers and the like.

So I have done a modification with that introduced. I also took the liberty of tidying up the bottom of your frame a little. I then followed Willie's recommendations, and lifted shadows and sharpened, then added a frame, which I think you originally wanted.

Pamela.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 684 England
22 Jun 2020 7:46PM
Welcome from me too.

It's a decent result, and as good as many on here as well as better than quite a few too.
The shadows are heavy and while later cameras are better at allowing shadow detail to be recovered, shooting in hash sunlight (a cloudless blue sky is attractive but does hae its problems) will require this in post processing in any case.

I'd go for more space in front too, and I suspect this is cropped down from the complete frame so ther eshould be room for manouvre. Just bcaue you can crop so close doen't mean you should. Give the subject some 'breathing room'.
It would be helpful to see the original image which you can upload as a Modification. It is always useful in the Critique Gallery to upload the start image if there has been any major processing.

26 Jun 2020 10:44AM
Thank you all for the helpful feedback I have uploaded the uncropped image with adjustment for the shadows.
Since I generating the original image for RAW files , I have invested in monitor calibration equipment which will hopefully improve my image editing skills

Regards

Marshall
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2020 9:24PM
Thank you for showing the original, Marshall. You have plenty or scope to give your bird some breathing space. Try not to crop so tightly.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1682 England
26 Jun 2020 10:18PM
Thanks for the original.

That's a big crop that you were working with: that explains some issues, I reckon. You don't have loads of megapixels to spare...
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 684 England
29 Jun 2020 11:48AM
I'm a bit late coming back to this, so thanks for the original. I've added one suggested crop, though a portrait format would also be good.
Shadow detail is fine in the original.

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