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Robin Red Breast

By admphotography    
Picture taken with a Canon EOS 80D & Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens

Tags: Wildlife Animals Birds Uk Robin Songbird Naure Avian Leicester Wildlife and nature

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21 Feb 2017 2:50PM
excellent detail - good use of depth of field. This kind of image has to be taken where the bird is. If you could find a location with a slightly less busy background it might help the bird stand out even more. Still it's a great shot!

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4126 Canada
21 Feb 2017 6:19PM
Welcome to the critique gallery Andrew.

I saw the original version of this when you uploaded it, and you have done some work on this version, mainly an increase in contrast.

I dont think this improves on the last, the contrast makes it quite dark and heavy, while overall its a little underexposed, so the direction I would suggest to take this in processing is a lot less contrast, and a slight increase in exposure. Much of what you see compared to what I see is dependent on what you are using to view the image, a tablet, a laptop, or a colour managed monitor. I use the monitor, so we may see images differently if we use different viewing platforms.

You were very lucky to get a decent shot at such a slow shutter speed; though the lens has VC, that helps with hand holding and camera shake, not with potential subject movement.

I would straighten this too just to get that bottom, rail level as it there. Crop some space off the top and right side to place the bird less centrally.

So the settings worked for the camera/lens, and its post processing where you can draw out some improvements.

If you look at the mod I uploaded youi can see what I mean. Click the modifications blue button under your image.



dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 664 England
21 Feb 2017 8:27PM
It's nice to see the beak open, and i suspect it was singing, which means that 1/80 shutter speed was too slow to top subject movement.
Upping the ISO to 800 would have given more chance of a sharper result, and wouldn't adversely affect image quality, in fact you probably wouldn't notice.

The feet are rather too close to theframe edge - it looks better if there's some room between the subject and frame to avoid a claustrophobic feel. Sometimes you don't get chance, you have to take a shot, but I guess this bird was in the same place for at leat a few seconds which would give you tine to adjust composition.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
21 Feb 2017 10:51PM
And welcome from me, too.

Really good advice above, from all three people who got here before me.

My great regret is that the background's sunlit - a darker background always makes the subject stand out well.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2210 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2017 1:20PM
A warm welcome from me too.

I had a quick look at the original upload. Like Willie, I'm not sure that you have improved it. The detail in the feathers is clearer, and well done for not oversharpening it. But the background has become harsh and garish, it jumps forward and that is precisely what a background should not do. A background needs to sit discreetly back.

If your software allows you to select areas, then that's the way to go. Brighten the bird, leave the background.

Two other points - I would prefer a few more pixels below the feet, in the thumbnail I actually wondered if you had clipped them. But it doesn't need so much space above, particularly when it is bright space. The bird seems slightly overwhelmed by it.

I'll try a quick modification...
22 Feb 2017 11:23PM
Thanks for all the comments will take them all on board for my future edits much appreciated
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2017 5:21PM
This is really rather well done in most respects. It is not easy to get such small birds sharp with a really long lens and this is - mostly - more than adequately sharp. Blown up to 100% the beak is a tiny bit off, but not enough to worry about much and the general quality leaves a lot of such shots we see, standing.

This should demonstrate to other super zoom users what actually can be done.

Doesn't look under exposed on my screen, but I would lighten the eye a touch with the dodge tool set very small.

The weak point is the composition. I can imagine what is below his feet is why you cropped like this, but it leaves a very out of balance shot.


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