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Do I look good.

By torres99
taken a couple of weeks back in bradley woods Grimsby this little Chaff was back and forward for ages was able to get some shots. but seem to struggle with the light in the woods. any cc most welcome. Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking


Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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good shot.

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1 Nov 2009 10:54AM
Its a nicely composed shot,but the focus is very soft.
You say you struggled with the lighting at the time,if you try upping the ISO in poor light this can help you keep a decent shutter speed up,which in turn will help with handheld shots to keep them in focus.
Hope you find this info helpful...............

1 Nov 2009 10:54AM
well caught
ewanrayment Plus
13 718 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 11:02AM
Hi, I'm no expert in photography or bird photography for that matter however:

To me, the light looks nice and soft (a good thing), but as Tony mentioned the focus isn't quite there - it's either 'mis-focused' or blurred due to camera shake? The composition is good, (I like the square crop too), with great eye contact from the Chaffinch, and I like the inclusion of seeds in this shot - it adds more colour and some context.

Are you cropping massively from the original shot?
Are you shooting at high enough shutter speeds (should be at least 1/300 with that lens / camera combination I think?
Is there anything you could use to stabilise the camera more?

I do hope this helps a bit!
torres99 Plus
9 119 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 11:14AM
Thanks Tony,Euan for your advice all taken onboard. Euan i have a window mount but didnt put it on with the birds coming thick and fast just wanted to try and get some shots. still getting to understand this photography so all your help and advice most welcome. thanks to everyone else for your comments.


ewanrayment Plus
13 718 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 11:18AM
Hi Carl - keep going back, I would have thought you'll crack it very quickly.

I didn't realise how important it was to get:

1) both pretty close to the birds so you don't have to crop massively (also good for keeping those backgrounds out of focus).
2) a high shutter speed for keeping them pin sharp.

I know what you mean about using a clamp or tripod - it can slow you down, how about simply resting the lens on the window itself?

Obviously, upping the ISO will allow you to get a faster shutter speed but at the cost of the final shot being potentially more grainy.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 5:56PM
nice one carl love the colours Wink
love the colours in this shot
Well captured !


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