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Crimson Horned Pheasant (Cotswold Wildlife Park)

By tom_earwaker
Critique always welcome, thanks for looking.

Shame about that branch, but I quite liked the patters and colours in this.

Tags: Pheasant Bird Hornet Captivity Cotswold wildlife park Pets and captive animals Crimson

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Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2017 4:20PM
A good capture in my eyes...
Love the colours of the bird...

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4122 Canada
6 Jan 2017 4:26PM
You were quite close at that focal length, or you cropped this closely.

Light being poor pushed ISO quite high, and the light behind the Pheasant caused it to be underexposed. If you shot and processed in RAW, theres perhaps a little more you culd do with noise and exposure.

Theres still room for tweaking this, and the mod addresses exposure and to some extent, noise.


paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2017 7:02PM
I think, basically, everything is against you here. Is it meant to be a technical shot of a pheasant or an effect shot? It is heavily under exposed and not very sharp, so it cannot fit the technical/natural history niche.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1641 England
6 Jan 2017 11:41PM
On the plus side, I like the threatening, dominant presence of the bird on the right edge of the picture, and hte vibrant colours.

The ISO/aperture/shutter speed tell a tale of very low light - not great for good quality, as Willie and Paul have said.

And the wire netting in the background is a problem - it either needs to be sharper, and a textural feature, or (preferably) right out of focus.

I might have a go at a mod...
7 Jan 2017 3:36PM
I wasn't aiming for a natural history shot, but I liked the combination of the pattern in the feathers against the netting, and the fact that the bird was looking out at the netting. You're right that it was a bit too dark though and it didn't come out very well! Thanks for the mods, its an interesting idea to emphasise the noise - will have to have a play around with that.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1641 England
7 Jan 2017 4:24PM
It's like my woodwork teacher always said - 'go with the grain'...

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