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Peregrine Falcon

By hyimage
I wanted to show off the breast marking on the subject.

Tags: Wildlife and nature 10 stop

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DaveNewbury 4 5 3 England
7 Sep 2017 12:43AM
Hi , if you increase the ISO you will get a faster shutter speed, and a sharper image, 1/125 is quite slow if hand held at 200mm focal length, do you shoot in raw or jpeg.
femape 4 Argentina
7 Sep 2017 3:22AM
Excelente definición,
mex 13 27 3 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 8:49AM
Hi Derek, mod done.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 9:05AM
The definition is not excellent! The bottom line is the lack of sharpness and that is camera shake. Do not rely on optical stabilisation. That is there to help, not to ensure a sharp result.

Your shutter speed is too slow and the result is camera shake. You needed to be at about 1/500 for hand holding to give a safety margin. Possibly a bit more unless you use support. I often use a monopod if time and the ituation allows. Natural history subjects must be sharp.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
7 Sep 2017 7:28PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery Derek.

This was shot in 2006, so you may well have more recent images you can upload. As above. the shutter speed was much too slow to get a sharp shot, and its suffering from camera shake. This cannot be corrected in post processing. That lens has no OS, and on the SD9 with a 1.7 crop factor you would need a minimum of 1/400 to hand- hold the camera, and faster as Paul mentions to take into account the subject could move.
The way to obtain a faster shutter is to use shutter priority with a higher ISO; I dont believe that camera had auto ISO which could be used if present.
I look forward to other uploads.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
7 Sep 2017 8:19PM
Welcome from me too.

Thank you for stating your aim with this image.
You have managed that though unfortunately as has been pointed out the dreaded camera shake has come into play. It's happened to all of us at some point.

Apart from that, there are some positives.
The background is nice and diffuse and doesn't distract from the subject. There's enough 'information' there to set the sene, I'm thinking falconry centre/display possibly at a stately home or such like.
Looking at the background the image does look tilted and a counterclockwise rotatiin would be in order. However, that would mean cropping the bird's tail. unless this was the complete frame, if you had more room around the bird on the original file then a rotation and crop would work ok.

It's underexposed by about a stop, and Phil's mod brightens things up nicely.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
7 Sep 2017 8:40PM
Greetings, Derek, and welcome both to Ephotzone, and to the Critique Gallery.

This is your first upload, and in the Critique Galelry you don't get votes or awards, but will get honest feedback and suggestions.

Now, it happens that my first DSLR was an SD-9, and I still own it, though I don't use it often these days. Points of relevance are that the maximum ISO setting was 400, at which speed quality was awful; that there was no stabilisation in the body, and none in most of the lenses, and that it was clearly converted from the SA-9 film camera - the viewfinder even shows a greyed-out surround equating to the full 35mm frame (which makes action shots easier to compose, as yo ucan see outside the picture area).

I also note that you took the picture 11 years ago (or else the camera's date function needs resetting!)

As Paul says above, 1/125 is a very slow shutter speed to use with a 200mm lens, equating to 360mm on a fullframe camera.I'd say you need to be up around the 1/000 mark - not really feasible with an SD-9. The Foeveon sensor set interesting new standards, but had (and still has, in the current incarnation) some drawbacks.

So quality isn't great, but you have shown off hte markings well, and the composition is sensible - not fussy, not arty, and making the bird the subject with no doubts or question. By the way - is this a crop down from your full frame? The size of the file is very small - you can upload the jpg file at full size and the site will reduce it if necessary - I suspect that with a 3mp file, it's not.

Have you any more recent shots to show us? Thsi has prompted me to dust off my SD-9 and see what it will do...

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