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reflection

By sillygirl  
This is my first photo of a bird thats moving lol. Its not so sharp as i hoped for, but im kind of proud of myself that i actually caught one with the camera. lol Thats not easy, i need a lot of practise.
If you have any advise to give me please do so, i would be so grateful.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Birds water wildlife

Voters: jdenman, Hailwood, hwilkinson and 2 more


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Overread 8 4.1k 19 England
11 Jul 2008 12:12PM
What lens were you shooting with? A long focal range is often the best for wildlife.
As for the shot as a shot, ignoring the limitations on range that you had, here are some general wildlife shooting tips:

1) go for the eyes! Yep a key part of a lot of wildlife shots is catching the animal looking at the lens - and thus engaging and looking directly at the viewer.

1b) as the eyes are so important to many shots its key that they be sharp in a shot, so focus on the eyes. The eyes are the window on the soul - so make sure its sharp Wink

2) Low down - getting down on the ground and shooting from a low height makes for a more interesting shot - this is because you are showing a view of something that the average passerby won't see. Shots taken from normal height often attract the "snapshot" look to them - taken as we normally see.

3) when using auto focus (which is very good to use) its often best to use only the centre focusing element and to have the rest turned off. This means you can more easily focus on the part of a shot that you want to focus on - rather than something that the camera wants


In your shot I would also say that the colours and lighting look a little boring - nothing is really exciting in the or carrying a mood. Morning and evening sunlight can go a long way to helping get not only interesting light, but also soft light easy to work with to avoid overexposing whites. If you are shooting in the brighter parts of the day use exposure compensation to -1 (if in AV or TV modes) or underexpose the shot manually by one full stop if in manual mode. This will help prevent overexposing whites in a shot - you can always brighten a shot up in editing, but you can't restore blown out whites easily as often times the detail is not present in the white area to restore to.

Good shot and I like the sight of the upraised wings - keep shooting Smile

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sillygirl 8 9 Sweden
11 Jul 2008 12:48PM
Hey and thank you for your comments. Ill take your advises with me, they were good ones. Gives me something to think about when im out there trying to "catch some birds". Thank you. /Marie
11 Jul 2008 7:39PM
Good first effort all the help is above.
Harry
hellsbells8868 8 151 2 Wales
18 Jul 2008 10:55AM
You have done better than me at it i can tell you, its not as easy as people make it look.....we done...

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