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Great Tit

By Malfun
I took this bird with a telephoto lens then applied a wide angle lens profile correction in lightroom. I thought it gave a run of the mill photo an interesting look. What are your thoughts?

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chataignier Plus
8 204 10 France
9 Mar 2017 10:53AM
Interesting, but not to my taste. The bird's left foot is very elongated by the distortion which is a pity I think.

More generally, I would be inclined to recrop to place the bird off centre looking into the space to the left.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2017 12:44PM
You captured a really attractive, dynamic pose, that's a good start. But I agree with the above - that foot is weird! Distortion and wildlife don't really go together very comfortably.

Could we see the original please? You can upload it as a Modification. (Go to the blue Modifications button below your upload, select Upload Modification, follow the instructions.)

The main issue that I see in terms of 'looking interest' is that central placement, which generally gives a static feel. Crop to place the bird on the right, looking into the frame, and you could have a much more appealing and involving image.
Moira
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2017 5:16PM
Thanks for adding your original. I have come across architectural and landscape images distorted like this, never wildlife!

I agree that the angles of the bird table tray leading up to the bird are a strong base for a composition, I don't think you need to show the whole thing though, or stick to 3 x 2 landscape. I've uploaded two modifications, really for comparison between the two.

I tweaked light and colour a bit first. The first mod is more conventional, bird leaning into the frame. The second is less conventional, I think it works because of the angles in the tray, and the handle.
Malfun 8
9 Mar 2017 7:03PM
Thank you both for your comments, I totally agree with your observations. I normally stick to naturalistic edits but trying to move out of my comfort zone.

Thanks for your mods mrdwoolybill. I think the bird over to the right works best as it is looking into the larger space. The contrast tweaks have helped on an image that was never the greatest.

I'm looking forward to setting up some natural perches close to the bird table and try to get some pleasing shots which i promise not to distort!

Thanks again for your feedback.
Mal
9 Mar 2017 8:51PM
I'm not sure it works particularly well in this case, but it's an interesting idea to try to get a different perspective of animals as we're so used to seeing them through telephoto lenses. The distortion from close up wide angle shots can bring things to life a bit more and have a bit more impact as it feels like you're closer to the subject - i've had a go at this in my mod for comparison (Steve Winter uses this in some of his photos, like this one: http://www.stevewinterphoto.com/Photography/A-Cry-for-the-Tiger/6). The opposite distortion as you have applied is perhaps less interesting with wildlife, but its still good to experiment.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
9 Mar 2017 9:30PM
An interesting experiment, and possibly a technique that will be just what one or two pictures need... I suspect that you need to begin with the end in mind, though, not apply 'discorrection' randomly to existing pictures.

I suspect that the basic image is a little lacking in quality - has focus happened in a plane nearer the camera than the bird? Or is camera shake undermining sharpness? A full-frame equivalent of nearly 1000mm and 1/500 is chancy, especially if the lens lacks IS.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
10 Mar 2017 5:02PM
It's always worht trying something unconventional. Sometimes it works, sometimes less so.
I like the term 'discorrection' John!

The bird is at a lean in the original which has been exaggerated by the processing. Perhaps a different shot with the bird in a standard pose would look better? And/or on a different perch, one that isn't so affected by the distortion.

The background has been given an interesting effect, though. I initially thought this wa a zoom exposure shot.
So, it's not worked well here, but don't dismiss the effect, there will be an image sometime that will respond well. It only takes a click or two in Lightroom to see.

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