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rambler Plus
7 482 14 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.

Ken.

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rambler Plus
7 482 14 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.

Ken.
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.
Jeanette
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2011 1:05PM
Inspirational... Love the image. IB
paulbroad 8 108 987 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.

paul

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