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rambler Plus
9 958 17 England
14 Aug 2011 10:25AM
I have to say you have done well here to capture the moment. The 'expression'on the ducks face is priceless.

A little more depth of field at F8 would have brought more of the subject into focus, it is slightly soft around the eye, the most important area in a portrait. If you hand held this you did extremely well.

The background is rather bright and you could try toning it down. A good composition with room in front of the duck for him to leap into.


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rambler Plus
9 958 17 England
14 Aug 2011 10:34AM
I have uploaded a mod where I have adjusted the highlights and midtone contrast. Also applied some unsharp mask which helps with the softness.

14 Aug 2011 10:37AM
Hi Ken
Thank you for your comments. Now you mention it, the background is rather bright...funny how these points pass by un-noticed until someone points them out! And I now see that the focus around the ducks eye is rather soft too.
This was hand-held, so I appreciate your encouragement. It was taken on the point of the duck about to leap off of the fence, so not a lot of time to compose the subject.
Thank you once again.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2011 1:05PM
Inspirational... Love the image. IB
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2011 3:57PM
A nice shot, really, but it is a bit soft all over. Background doesn't bother me, but light must have been low at ISO800 to only get 1/320 sec. You need a support - all these current wonder lenses with image stabilisers are supposed to help - i have three lenses with image stabilisers and I can shake faster than they can correct it!

Ideally, you need support if possible with long lenses - a gate post is convenient - a monopod cheap and easy to carry.


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