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Sweet Bird

By indrasish
Just trying my hand with a different lens. I know the picture is not flawless but want to know how to improve it.
Please feel to comment.

Tags: Nikon London D3x Duck 70-300mm St james park Sigma 70-300 Wildlife and nature Duck wildlife bird 70-300

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norton 14 6 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 9:03PM
Hi indrasish, The image seems to be a little over exposed to me, but not knowing the metering system of the Nikon cameras i can only suggest that if you have a metered bracketing system on your camera you try this out and see which bracketed image is the best, you can then set the camera to those settings for when it maybe a little to bright for normal shooting mode.
Hope this helps.........


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indrasish 7 3 India
9 May 2011 9:17PM
Thanks a lot for the suggestion. I will try this henceforth. Smile
LexEquine 11 19 United States
11 May 2011 11:07PM
Beautiful Wood Duck capture in very bright light>...LEx Wink
indrasish 7 3 India
12 May 2011 8:24PM
Thanks Everybody for the vote and comments. Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 May 2011 10:53PM
It is a male redcrested pochard, no doubt this was taken in very harsh light
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
13 Aug 2011 3:24PM

Quote:I know the picture is not flawless but want to know how to improve it.

Hi, the simple answer is you can't, the whites are blown and the main cause for that is you didn't use minus exp compensation when you took the shot. Any camera left at default settings will do this with birds or animals that have white in the feathers/coat and you have to account for this by using minus exp comp. Try 1 stop to start with on a test shot and if you have highlights still flashing on the camera screen up the amount even more. Also I notice this was taken at 1/15sec which is just not fast enough to capture the bird in focus, you could have obtained a faster s/s in this case by upping the ISO. You would do much better if you tried using Aperture priority at around f/8 instead of manual as it does take a lot of experience to know the 'magic' settings required. Re composition you have the bird pretty well central in the frame and you need more room on the left to allow room for the bird to look into and a little less room on the right, hope this may help for future shots like this,

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