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kestrel

By maudharry
critque welcome as im trying to improve on my pics

Tags: Wildlife and nature Kestrel bird of prey

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chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
16 Mar 2013 8:50PM
A good capture,nicely positioned in the frame & a well timed shot to get the all important catchlight in the eye.
Good colour,some nice detail & looks good against the clear blue of the sky.
Not an easy shot to take & get right but you have done well here.
Personally I would like to see a wee bit more room around your subject generally as it looks a touch tight in the frame.There are some slight halos around the top edges of the wings which could be a sharpening issue there,easily remedied in your editing program with the clone tool...duplicate your layer, select an area of the sky,set the tool to 'darken' & sweep around the edges..flatten...job sorted Wink
A good straight capture,well done !

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16 Mar 2013 9:16PM
thanks chase appreiated
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
16 Mar 2013 10:11PM
Hi Darren

I agree with Chase this is a nice image but a bit more space around the wings for me would have been nice.

I'm looking at this on a laptop so it may be just me but I feel the colours could be a little stronger, I've loaded a mod to demonstrate let me know what you think.

Erik Grin
16 Mar 2013 10:41PM
thanks for the mod but way over the top for me
16 Mar 2013 10:58PM
not being funny he was 15 feet from me and his colours definaltly didnt look like the mod
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
16 Mar 2013 11:04PM
Don't worry Darren its me using my laptop - the colours aren't the best and it doesn't calibrate well. Its a great image well taken.

Erik Grin
16 Mar 2013 11:21PM
sorry i like critque but this looks like he has been tangoed i know you where just trying to help so thanks
paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 7:50AM
The original colours are right. The mod is rather too warm. You will not do much better than this either, and the crop is spot on. Fill the frame is always a good rule, told to me by a photographer many years ago who was very, very good and had the awards to prove it. Cannot see why the bird would want to be smaller, it's the bird that we want to see, not more sky.

A cracking shot of the highest standard. Wish it were mine.

Paul
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
17 Mar 2013 9:30AM

Quote:The original colours are right. The mod is rather too warm. You will not do much better than this either, and the crop is spot on. Fill the frame is always a good rule, told to me by a photographer many years ago who was very, very good and had the awards to prove it. Cannot see why the bird would want to be smaller, it's the bird that we want to see, not more sky.

A cracking shot of the highest standard. Wish it were mine.

Paul


I agree with this comment 100%. I love this shot.
Ron
Trev_B Plus
9 146 68 England
17 Mar 2013 11:21AM
I am with Janet, Chase, on this one. My initial thought was a lovely detailed image that is too tight in the frame, I feel it needs some room above an below the bird.

Just a personal view.... Smile

Trev
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 4:07PM
its all down to monitor calibration, the colours look beautiful to me as does the tone of the sky and the feather detail is fabulous. in fact is a lovely picture and i would be proud to have one as good in flight.

i too would have preferred to see a little bit more space above and possibly below too but not much. but that is easy to do by extending canvas and patching in some sky to fill the voids.

in connection with the argument above regarding scale. my concern with frame filling is this, here the bird at normal viewing distance is reasonably proportional to its size in reality, in that if printed it would stll look proportional. now go and fill the frame with a blue tit, and make a A3 print or project on to a sceen and it will look rediculously large.

in otherwords a kestrel at full size would just about fit on an A3 sheet and still look right scale, a blue tit filling a full A3 sheet would like a prehistoric monster.

cant fault the pic of the bird at all apart from the possible oversharpening noted by Janet but at this scale on my laptop i couldnt comment on that

Phil
Robinsons 3 14 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 7:43PM

Quote:Hi Darren

I agree with Chase this is a nice image but a bit more space around the wings for me would have been nice.

I'm looking at this on a laptop so it may be just me but I feel the colours could be a little stronger, I've loaded a mod to demonstrate let me know what you think.

Erik Grin


i personally think you need to calibrate your screen as you have way over saturated this mod, the colours are not natural in this . i prefer the original.
paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 2:55PM
Viewing distance and cropping in frame are two very different things. Composition is personal of course, but an A3 print is meant to be on a wall and viewed from several metres away. A 7x5, for example, is meant to be viewed in the hand. Does it matter if the subject is larger than life? Surely not. Look at bill boards and posters.

If the quality will take it, the bigger the better, but get the viewing distance right.

Paul

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