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Swallows and ..

By cats_123  
No rust today...just a burst of shots of a pair of swallows that sat still near my window Smile

Tags: Swallow Wildlife and nature

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philhomer 8 77 32 England
23 Aug 2012 10:22AM
well done for getting such a close-up of one of these, your images are pleasant but i would however suggest that you consider the rule or guidance of reciprocity and also the use of a little exposure compensaton.

if you are not familiar with the term, reciprocity of course comes from the mathematical term reciprocal, and states that your shutter speed should be at least as fast as '1' over your focal length.

So here, it should be '1' / (300 (your lens) x 1.5 (your D60's crop factor)) = 1/450 sec. Anything less is likely to produce camera blur, even (but less likely) when using a pod.

Hopefully you will concur that V1 and V2 (whilst pleasant enough images) are suffering a little from the whites being over-exposed or 'blown'. The easiest way to take control of this is by use of your Exposure Compensation - generally noted by a square divided into a black and a white triangle with '+' and '-' symbols.
Here you can tell your camera to shoot a littel lighter/darker to accomodate shadows/highlights and, if continuing with Program mode, it will make the neccessary adjustments for you.

if you require more specific guidance then drop me an email and i will be happy to oblige.

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
23 Aug 2012 10:35AM
thanks Phil...must admit i didn't give the setup too much thought...was so surprised to see them so close...thanks for the formula, that's useful to note...Smile

I started off in manual mode, but couldn't get the right exposure, so switched to P in the hope it would cope Smile
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
23 Aug 2012 10:36AM
These are good close-ups, Jeff. I hear what Phil is saying, but I have to confess that where the speed of capture is a priority I just usually point the damned thing and hope for the best - and try to sort out any problems in ACR. I expect you've got even more flexibility in Lightroom. Not the most scientific approach, perhaps, but I find in high contrast situations that if I expose for the highlights, I usually lose shadow detail - and vice versa. Ideally, one should aim for the optimum exposure at the time of capture but I could easiliy understand that in this particular case you might have got lost in the moment. Let's face it: the little buggers weren't going to be likely to hang around all day while you twiddled your knobs. Wink


cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
23 Aug 2012 10:39AM
exactly, Bob....but nice to be able to understand how others get those `stand out' shots Smile

There are loads of the swallows flying around near here, but they rarely perch for long enough Wink
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 Aug 2012 11:18AM
You will know you won't get any techie stuff from me.
I just want to know what you were doing at the window
to get that look in V2 !!
philhomer 8 77 32 England
23 Aug 2012 11:52AM
comments noted as above - the thing is that when you get used to semi-manual modes (personally Aperture) it all becomes intuitive and exposure / speed etc can all be accomodated very quickly - normally without even taking your eye from the viewfinder!

no matter what software you use for processing, a blown image is a blown image - i will forward my 'idiot guise' (so called as an idiot wrote it) Wink
lovely set nice close ups great photos.GrinGrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
23 Aug 2012 2:34PM

Quote:You will know you won't get any techie stuff from me.
I just want to know what you were doing at the window
to get that look in V2 !!

I think he spotted me...for a split second the beak opened full, but I was too late SmileSad
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 4:59PM
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 8:45PM
Wonderful set of variants, luv v3, well done a great capture.
Darryl.x SmileSmileSmile

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