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Female Chaffinch

By Derek897
Following some excellent advice from all on the critique team,
this is what i think is my best one yet (completely objective Tongue)
I am really enjoying learning to improve my skills.
I uploaded the wrong image first. v2 is my attempt at final version.
not much between them anyway.
v3 is the original
v4 i have adjusted levels slightly

Tags: General Wildlife and nature Birds wildlife

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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
12 Mar 2013 1:07PM
This is a really nice image of this bird. I didn't see you last upload so I cannot comment on improvements made however I have loaded a mod with some minor adjustments which I think add a little more to the image.

I've cropped away some of the right side as it really was not adding to the image from my opinion, I then adjusted levels in a separate layer to bring the sliders to the edge of the histogram. This seems to have brightened the chaffinch and darkened the back ground which seems to make it stand out slightly more.

Over all minor tweaks great image.

Erik Grin

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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 1:47PM
Very nice indeed. I would leave thse light corners in, V1. They add to the composition. It is actually rather difficult to see where the right hand edge is. I like it, sharp, good pose from the bird. One to be rather pleased with.

Derek897 5 6 Ireland
12 Mar 2013 2:10PM
thanks guys. Eric iv adjusted levels a bit but am unable to get the same result as you in your mod.
nice work.
have uploaded 2 more vs
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 4:21PM
Great image,

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 10:04PM
for viewing on a laptop size screen this is excellent. beautiful and sharp, lovely detail, nice background and interesting perch, cant say much wrong. like the back turned pose and the light is amazing.

however. if you wanted to project this for say a camera club competition or a exhibition or salon .
or indeed if you wanted to print at around A3 then you would have some problems in that the bird would suddenly look enormous in relationship to the scale of projection. it would give the appearance of being chicken size and look way too large in frame. as a rule of thumb, the bird in a print should look around natural size or a little larger and here on my laptop screen its already larger than full size.

not a critisism at all on your image, its stunning, but just a tip if you want to print, you need to allow a bit more space.
Derek897 5 6 Ireland
13 Mar 2013 10:02AM
hi newmanp, thanks for the info.
i know what you mean about size for prints. should i use a less tight crop for website display ?
and thanks for the comment Smile

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