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Superb Starling

By vickyf
I've done very little bird photography and this is one of my first efforts during our recent trip to Tanzania. The starling was above my head so I was able to use a shortish lens, but he didn't want to stay still so the shots are not as sharp as I would like. Not sure about the composition and any comments welcome. A beautiful bird and very aptly named!

Tags: Birds Tanzania Superb starling East africa Wildlife and nature

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19 Mar 2010 1:07PM
hi the comp looks fine to me and good colours needs to be sharper but no exspert still trying to get i right myself you realy need a lens with i.s in and use a trypod and you should get some good shots
jj
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 1:37PM
I'm not an expert on birds but this looks under-exposed and I'd say the crop is rather loose a portrait orientation would let you get in tighter. I can't tell if the lack of detail is caused by missed focus or camera shake but a fast shutter is important, even if it means pushing up the ISO a bit. To get good focus, make sure you're using a single autofocus point and adjust manually if necessary.

Shooting from below is always hard, as you're photographing the shaded part of the bird against a bright background. Again, a tighter crop would eliminate some of that bright background and let the bird stand out more. It also lets you expose for the bird because, while the sky will be blown out, there'll be less of it to grab the eye. Cropping closer, applying a gamma correction of about 1.3 and pushing up the saturation gives a more vivid image.
19 Mar 2010 6:29PM
A lovely bird and beautiful colours and a very good attempt well done.

Keith.
vickyf 16 8 8 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2010 9:01PM

Quote:I'm not an expert on birds but this looks under-exposed and I'd say the crop is rather loose a portrait orientation would let you get in tighter. I can't tell if the lack of detail is caused by missed focus or camera shake but a fast shutter is important, even if it means pushing up the ISO a bit. To get good focus, make sure you're using a single autofocus point and adjust manually if necessary.

Shooting from below is always hard, as you're photographing the shaded part of the bird against a bright background. Again, a tighter crop would eliminate some of that bright background and let the bird stand out more. It also lets you expose for the bird because, while the sky will be blown out, there'll be less of it to grab the eye. Cropping closer, applying a gamma correction of about 1.3 and pushing up the saturation gives a more vivid image.



Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a go when I've got a bit of spare time.

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