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By lagomera
Could anything have been done to make the shot better.

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 9:44AM
For me, it's only the twigs in front of and below the robin that spoils it. Otherwise a great shot. Well focused, good exposure and a pretty good, neutral setting. I'm sure someone will mention the crop, but I think it's ok!


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Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 9:52AM
He must be a young one... very pretty bird! IB
29 Sep 2012 10:02AM
A gorgeous, natural image.
That twig bottom-left: I would be inclined to run the blur tool over it, but otherwise leave it. Smile
Peter23 9 23 2
29 Sep 2012 3:42PM
Agree about the twigs infront of the bird, if you just moved around to the left a fraction you could of got the clear shot, Robins are normally quite happy for you to move about as long as you don't get too close. Also if you moved round and got the Robin then looking into the camera could of been an excellent shot.. It's very sharp and the exposure is spot on so well done there.

Niknut Plus
7 1.6k 75 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 4:59PM
Beautiful shot !!!!.....lovely quality !!!....& the twigs give a remarkable near 3D quality !!!!
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 6:01PM
Very nicely done. Must be ina sun spotted area as the background looks a bit like flash. Just run the burning in tool over the twigs to darken them.

Not a young bird, they don't get the red brest until after the first molt. Either a molting adult or just nesting wear and tear.

NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 11:08PM
its a nice capture of the bird its self and its beautifully coloured and sharp as a pin however the problem is that the humble little robin is the most accomodating and most straightforward of the garden birds to photograph and you need to work hard to get him on a nice simple perch that you have strategically placed so that you can control the background and depth of field to provide a nice backdrop .

the problem here is that the stray branch obscures part of his body and the background is too close and too cluttered.

the light on it is lovely and the catchlights in the eyes and the overall sharpness is great too. but the lovely examples that crop up regularly in the gallery are usually planned to look that simple and uncluttered, its rare that it just falls right.

some one once told me, you cant go to nature, you have to make it come to you to get good shots Smile not sure if its true or not but it sure helps me do better

regards Phil

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Davesumner 10 28 300 Australia
30 Sep 2012 8:32AM
Hi Phyllis,

What a lovely capture of the Robin and some great advice from Phil, he's spot on. I hope the Hippo and the Robin were'nt on the same shoot... Smile

It is a shame about the twigs and there intrusion but with wildlife you get what you can unless you really do go out there and get nature to come to you. Recently I have bitten the bullet and bought a throw over hide which incororates my camera, tripod, chair and me and it is so lightweight it fits in my camera bag. A wise investment for any nature photographer I think.

Perhaps with your shot, getting rid of as much foreground clutter as possible is the way forward. I also noticed that the image has a very slight green tint to it. I've uploaded a mod where I cropped slightly to get rid of more clutter, colour corrected the image and reduced the green/yellow background to make it less intrusive. I then did a quick clone, it is amazing what you can do with that clone tool and a bit of trial and error.

Hope you like it and that I've helped with my comments.

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