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Proud little chappy...

By thebopper
Spotted this little chap perched upon a post by the canal in Uppermill. Seemed a shame not to take a shot.

Tags: Robin Saddleworth Wildlife bird Wildlife and nature Uppermill

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craggwildlifephotography Junior Member 11 137 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2014 6:48PM
slightly sharpened, changed the offset in exposure slightly also altered the gamma slider...
Hope you like it..


David (craggwildlife) from Chadderton..

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
30 Dec 2014 7:20PM
What do you think of the shot Mike?

Seems to be "almost there" perhaps?

Good exposure, nice pose. But its very soft, - not sharp.

Looking at the exif data shows why. The shutter speed is very slow for 130mm, which is equivalent to 208mm. Without a VR lens tyou need to shoot at 1/200th roughtly, so this would need the ISO to be increased to 800 for this shot. Something to keep an eye on when in Aperture priority mode, - check the shutter speed the camera selects and then adjust ISO to get the sped more reasonable.

Even with VC, the subject can move, so you need closer to 1/200, though slower could work.

It does look quite nice when the additional sharpening is applied. Crop so the bird is off centre can also improve the composition. All done in the mod


dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
30 Dec 2014 8:56PM
Willie has covered everything nicely.

Backgrounds can make or break an image, and while there is a diagonal line visible there it's sufficiently out of focus not to be an issue.

From your description this sounds more like an opportunist shot so you've done very well as it's as good as anything you may wait a while for after setting everything up.
to be picky, the green foliage at the bottom right may be a natural part of the environment but i'd tone it down - I'll try a mod.
Of course, in the spring when you're likely to get more such greenery in the frame it wouldn't be sucha niggle.
Funny how a splash of colour can have such an impact.

Nonetheless a nice shot.

Nigeve1 6 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2014 10:38PM
You did well to hold it still enough to be this sharp at 1/25s, although not sharp enough, sharpness and general IQ are paramount for wildlife images. I would have preferred a lower POV so it doesn't look like a human looking down at the subject from their own level. It is usually better to get down to the level of the wildlife to get a better image and connection with the subject, in my opinion.
The background is out of focus enough to not be distracting, but is a bit bland. Better with some well out of focus foliage or equivalent to give a hint of the birds natural habitat.
pks 15 2 England
30 Dec 2014 10:58PM
a fine shot not perfect but a spur of the moment shot rarely is you can only take the shot where he stands so all in all a fine shot

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2014 10:42AM
For your own famuily consumption irceven to make a Christmas card, you have done veryvwell indeed. I defy most people to get a shot this sharp at those settings.

It could, ideally, be a touch sharper. I carry my cameras set to ISO 400 if just out and about unless lighting/lens fitted demands different. I am then ready for a grab shot.

thebopper 10 8 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2015 6:35PM
Thanks folks, all advise taken on board. Grin

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