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Hanging Around

By brian1208
We watched this little Blue Tit hanging under the branches of this tree for some minutes. It appeared to be feeding in the moss and lichen but we couldn't spot what it was taking. The light was very bad as the tree was in the shade of a copse, with the light from over the harbour coming in from behind. I had to do a fair bit with histogram, levels and noise reduction to get this image, so would be interested to hear if you think it was worth while.

Its about 50% of full frame.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: hermin, answersonapostcard, johnjohn01 and 20 more

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hermin 17 2 Israel
4 Jan 2005 3:43AM
intriguing composition. excellent detail and dof. click
johnjohn01 19 58 England
4 Jan 2005 3:50AM
I think it was worth it Brian. Unusual composition, not too much noise either so the reduction has worked well although some detail's been lost.
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
4 Jan 2005 4:00AM
Beautiful shot of a great bird,good and clear.

Bernie 17 2.2k
4 Jan 2005 4:13AM
Very worthwhile Brian as it has worked very well.
Another great image.
nigelsharman 18 30 England
4 Jan 2005 4:41AM
Like the diagonal composition, works well Brian, well done.

ellavr 16 66
4 Jan 2005 5:14AM
a great shot Brian, very clear, with great colours. Well done with the shot and the PS. Click

digicammad 17 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 5:17AM
The chest colours have come out well but (on this monitor) the head markings look a little soft. Also the wing feathers have ended up looking muddy. Better than anything I have taken of the birds in our garden recently though, I'm getting seriously brassed off with the poor light we've had.

sze4j 17 56 Singapore
4 Jan 2005 5:42AM
I like the diagonal comp, and i don't think that there is too much noise. Am wondering whether there is any point in softening the tree branch, as it currently seems too much in focus vis-a-vis the bird...
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 6:09AM
Hermin, John, Don, Bernie, Nigel, Ella, Ian and Sze - thanks to you all for taking the time to comment.

John & Ian, I agree about the lost detail, a consequence of the bad lighting and subsequent processing to get anything. This was my main query about whether the shot was worthwhile.

Sze - I did consider that but wanted to leave it as it was to emphasise the position of the bird. If I softened the tree I feared it may end up looking like just another out of focus bird shot!

I get the impression that despite its faults you think it was worth the effort - thanks.

I see nobody's had a go at improving it Smile

aunt sally 17 110 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 6:56AM
That's an unusual angle Brian...and a better shot than I could achieve these birds flit around so quickly! Good capture!!

elaine max 16 5
4 Jan 2005 7:00AM
I like this Brian as it is different but most effective,click Elaine x
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 7:05AM
Thanks Sharon & Elaine. As this one was so busy feeding it was fairly straightforward to compose and frame, I got three shots off in this one location. It was getting the light sorted and focusing that was the problem, it was terrible dark under the trees Smile

trahern 17 863 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 7:13AM
Having spent a couple of hours yesterday taking pictures of these fellows I now know how hard they are to capture - they never sit still! Good capture.
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 8:45AM
Thanks Andrew

Maverick 16 3
4 Jan 2005 9:56AM
You have done well to capture and bring image to this level. Looks good, the detail on the tree is sharp. Bird is good as it is always difficult to catch light right when under a thick branch etc. Click.
hobbs Plus
17 1.3k Japan
4 Jan 2005 10:34AM
Like the angle you've caught this at Brian, nice detail.
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 10:56AM
Thank you Gary & Nick

Steve Cribbin 17 49 10 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 1:26PM
I think that it was definitely worth the PS effort to get this image. I have posted a modified version, but I don't know if it is any better. I am sure that there will be a sequence for retrieving these situations really well. Let me know if you find out how please. I've got some similar recent shots of a nuthatch.
I like the pose and the composition Brian. I am just wondering whether the darkness of the bird could be relieved by addressing the very bright background around it? Difficult capture done well. Good work.
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 1:35PM
Steve, thanks for taking time to comment and make the mod - it does seem to have lifted the bird's detail a bit.

I had a play with the bright area but things started getting a bit messy, so I went for a similar approach to your's, selectively working on the bird.

(Fran - thanks for your mod too)

cameraman 18 227 1 England
4 Jan 2005 3:46PM
Brian, sorry there is no descriptionon my modified version, but that is the third attempt I made at uploading.
However, my modification was to copy the image and create two more layers, blending one layer on screen and the other on hard light.. I then selected the bird, inverted the selection and erased the other parts of the two copied layers, leaving only the bird modified.
Maybe, in hindsight, a little fill-in flash at the taking stage would have helped.
By the way, I like the picture, nice to see an upside down bird.
magda_indigo 17 418 England
4 Jan 2005 4:39PM
beautiful, click (*:*)
Terry L 17 609 5 England
5 Jan 2005 12:12AM
I think it was well worth the effort Brian, nice to see a diiferent angle and it helps to improve your PS skills.

brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2005 12:44AM
Michael, Magda & Terry, thanks for commenting. Michael, thanks also for taking the time to expalin your modification, I think it has made the biggest improvement, I must practise it myself, its not one I use (yet).

Fill-in flash would have definitely helped but I was too distant for the on-board flash to work and as we were "walking with a camera" I didn't have my off-camera flash mounted

Greyheron 19 282 7 England
5 Jan 2005 2:40PM
A pure delight Brian.

The composition is strong with plenty of detail & I like the lighting too. Not every wildlife image has to be in full light... this is such an image , it works as is IMHO.

Best wishes,
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2005 2:42PM
Thanks Mike, I appreciate your input

seven21 17 259
6 Jan 2005 10:47AM
Brian - you have done well to get this shot as it was obviously difficult. - steve
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2005 10:55AM
Thanks Stephen

photopharm 16 154 England
6 Jan 2005 2:14PM
A good composition but to my eye (maybe my monitor) the tree seems too focussed and the bird too much in shadow. I still like it though.
JouŠo 17 56 Finland
7 Jan 2005 8:48AM
Just wonderful shot, Brian!

brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2005 2:23PM
Thanks Pauline and Jouko, just spotted your comments


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