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Robin 1

By photomunki
image of a robin taken in the severn valley country park.

Tags: Birds Wildlife and nature

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Mike43 7 18 21 England
31 Jan 2013 9:08AM
Nice enough photo, as far as I can see all you need is to chop out most of the branches, and add a bit of warmed to the photo. (see Mod) you basic Editing Software you got with the camera should be just fine for the job.

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 9:36AM
Whilst I agree with Mike's comments above, I do feel that the composition really needed to be arranged at the time of making the exposure. I say that because I would like to see space allowed ahead of the Robin ie to the RHS of it and this cannot be achieved by a simple crop.

Here your bird is looking to the right and attention on such images generally leads the viewer to the birdís head so leaving some space to the right here makes a lot of sense. I think you will find that if you leave space ahead, to the RHS, for the bird to metaphorically 'fly into', placing its eyes much further right, you will be more pleased with the shot. This can be achieved here by a small canvas addition, a little cloning and crop but it is always better to frame and compose your subject within the viewfinder of your camera.

This applies to birds, people, animals, vehicles, maritime craft in fact anything that moves always seems to look more natural having space allowed in which to see or advance into.

I too will upload a mod, but the quality will be drastically downgraded because the crop reduces the file size so much that I needed to increase it thereby reducing quality. However it will give you my idea of the composition that I am suggesting.

paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 9:44AM
A nice image. It could do to be a bit bigger, but you did well with a relatively short lens. Quite like the composition, he is probably actually looking at you as he has monocular vision, they stay alive longer that way.

31 Jan 2013 10:27AM
Thanks for the comments guys, appreciated Smile
Whilst I would usually agree with the space issue, for this instance I think Paul got the point of it, I set up the image with space for him to "fly" into but he turned his head to look at me at the last minute. I have others in the set of images, will choose a better one for my daily upload next time lol
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 1:18PM
An attractive photo, what lovely subjects Robins make. Composition fine for me.
Even though you used manual exposure I feel this photo is a little over exposed, the background is fairly bright. The details on the white area of his chest are nearly burnt out, pure white.
If you can be bothered and have the software shooting in RAW offers far more chance of recovering white details as the RAW file will keep all information whilst the jpeg conversion in camera will have discarded pixels.
I've done a mod where I've cropped a little and tried to reduce the effects of over exposure by darkening in levels, increasing contrast and reducing highlights. I also tried the burn tool but really the white just went grey without revealing any more details which has been lost.
31 Jan 2013 2:54PM
Thanks Ian, I will reset the editing I have done in Lightroom on this image. I have probably over cooked a few things while playing around with colour efx 4 if honest, still getting to grips with it as I've not had it for long( I know, no excuse for sloppy edits, lol)
Looking at the original I have space to include a number of fixes suggested by all the above members, back to the drawing board and I will post results when reworked. Smile
31 Jan 2013 5:51PM
i have had another crack at this, mod four is the result Smile or should i upload it separately????

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