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Poised for flight .....

By teocali
A Bluetit (Cyanistes caeruleus) about to take off in the direction of the feeder. I have included the complete uncropped version as V2. Light is late afternoon sunshine a couple of days ago.
Settings: F/5.6 1/320sec ISO400 manual @700mm tripod

Many thanks for your C&Cs for my last Woodpecker upload and a special thank you to Dave and Les for their great mods Smile

Tags: Wildlife Flight Blue General Tit Garden Bird Close-up and macro Poised Wildlife and nature Caeruleus Cyanistes

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alfie99 8 1 Wales
20 Mar 2010 4:35PM
a really good shot.i like the pose hes given you.its number 1 for me.number 2,i would have not included the branch in the foreground to the left..regards aled

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
20 Mar 2010 4:45PM
Lovely shots, Sylvia, but it has to be V 1 for mw today. Most appealing image.
Regards, Ronnie.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 4:46PM
Looks good to me, Sylvia. Nicely balanced within the frame with space to the left. Bird & perch are both well-focused & finely detailed. Well taken.
Terry
DOGSBODY 7 1.4k 30 England
20 Mar 2010 4:49PM
V.1 is an absolute cracker and it shows just how much cropping you can get away with if the original file is of good enough quality. Nice one. Andy
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 4:54PM
great perch makes me envious of that 700 lens will have to save up
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
20 Mar 2010 5:08PM
A super capture, Sylvia, and the perch makes the image! Carol
Graham_P 9 1 19 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 5:14PM
Nice composition Sylvia but the crop has introduced a significant amount of noise compared to the original. I've added a mod with a brief explanation of what's been done.
Graham.
iancatch 9 4 45 England
20 Mar 2010 5:38PM
Hi

This is a good shot and am glad you uploaded the original image from which I have done my crop in the mod. Had difficulty keeping the sharpness because of the uploaded file size we have to endure but you have the luxury of having the original RAW file so you wont loose any sharpness.

I did the mod the way I did because my only little niggle with this shot is that the pine cones at the bottom looked rather cropped and I have tried to give a sense of where they originate.

However who am I to critisize as I have tried catching these fellows and it is very difficult - they dont stay still for long so well done in the first instance.

Ian
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
20 Mar 2010 5:53PM

Quote:Hi

This is a good shot and am glad you uploaded the original image from which I have done my crop in the mod. Had difficulty keeping the sharpness because of the uploaded file size we have to endure but you have the luxury of having the original RAW file so you wont loose any sharpness.
I did the mod the way I did because my only little niggle with this shot is that the pine cones at the bottom looked rather cropped and I have tried to give a sense of where they originate.
However who am I to critisize as I have tried catching these fellows and it is very difficult - they dont stay still for long so well done in the first instance.
Ian



Hi Ian
Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to submit your mod. I can see exactly where you are coming from regarding the composition of the pine cones and it is fascinating to see what a completely different dimension it contributes to the image.
Your critique is very welcome as we all see things differently and benefit from each others' observations Smile
Sylvia
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
20 Mar 2010 5:56PM
V1 for me Sylvia, fantastic work.
Bob
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
20 Mar 2010 5:56PM

Quote:Nice composition Sylvia but the crop has introduced a significant amount of noise compared to the original. I've added a mod with a brief explanation of what's been done.
Graham.



Many thanks Graham for your great Mod and description of how it was processed - very helpful and clearly put Smile I always seem to struggle with bg noise in my bird images and your observations really help.
Sylvia
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 6:02PM
Cracking shot Sylvia, great compo.
Brian
20 Mar 2010 6:11PM
stunning
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 6:17PM
can't help feeling that 400mm is probably the minimum for this type of shot.

Lens cost money though Smile

Adrian
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
20 Mar 2010 6:32PM

Quote:Can't help feeling that 400mm is probably the minimum for this type of shot.

Lens cost money though

Adrian



Oops Adrian - must have clicked on the wrong lens used for this before uploading - have amended it - it was taken with my Canon 500mm F/4 L IS + 1.4x converter and yes, it did cost a lot of money Wink
Sylvia
Mstphoto 8 126 1 Scotland
20 Mar 2010 7:11PM
I think you have cropped this image well.
Exposure is spot on also.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
20 Mar 2010 7:12PM
Some interesting observations Sylvia. V1 is a very good shot with lots of fine detail. The shot is well presented.
Ron
lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 7:34PM
a great crop, grand detail here x x x
bpearson3 7 1 England
20 Mar 2010 8:33PM
A beautiful shot, so very detailed and well presented.

Bev
20 Mar 2010 10:15PM
Lovely detailed shot gray.
banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3496 Canada
20 Mar 2010 11:06PM
I like the shot, though V2 has something going for it has lost in V1.

With an APS-C sensor, and iso 400, and 700mm, I think the subject is too small to crop so close, and it has also amplified noise. You have done a good job with it, bit perhaps less cropping might be a better idea. Mod loaded as an example, - you could do a lot better with the original shot.


Regards


W
Ray42 8 3 England
21 Mar 2010 7:53AM
A good shot Sylvia and some excellent critique from Graham, Ian and Willie
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
21 Mar 2010 6:01PM
Some good critique here Sylvia, Great to compare the 2 and to see how much of a crop. It has survived the large crop well, but a little evidence of noise but still that perch steals the show. It is so good I would crop down to show all the perch, or get that hide closer to it...lol
I like this
Richard
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2010 6:50PM
Wow, Sylvia I would be proud to call this my shot.
Perfect for him to land on..such a setting!
wonderful
Lillian
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
21 Mar 2010 7:58PM
Many thanks everybody for your comments -I have really learned from the constructive critiques and find when assimilated this way the advice really sticks on one's mind. A special thank you to Graham, Ian and Willi for the mods - comparing them, together with the critique, makes a wonderful tutorial Smile
Sylvia
Gezina 9 3 6 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2010 8:42PM
Once again critique that we can all learn from - very usefull and thank you for the opportunity - I think all has been said Sylvia, get that hide a bit closer my friend - Ina
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 9:07AM
Lovely shot Sylvia and I've added yet another variant as a mod!
I agree with Richard and just love that perch, so didn't want to lose any of it - had to clone out the tree but really a shame for the composition that the blue tit isn't looking right over the longer bit of the perch so it could also be less central
Tim

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