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By Catess76    
Just practicing shots with my new DSLR camera and was lucky to choose this which I think creates a nice simple silhouetted scene.

Tags: Silhouette Bird Scenery Simple Wildlife and nature

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
3 Mar 2019 8:52PM
Good to see some more work from you Caroline.

Yes it's a good simple silhouiette, which is quite recognisable and that really helps.
A few weeks time and this would be less simple and I'd say less effective when the leaves start to appear.

This is not crisp and I suspect some camera movement as at that focal lenght and shutter speed it's borderline for steady hand holding. If you couldn't support the camera on a tripod or monopod or you weren't able to steady yourself against a wall, lamp post or similar then you could raise the ISO to 3200 and allow a shutter speed of 1/500. There will be a littlel extra noise in the image, but it won't be detrimental (higher ISOs are not so bad these days, and a little noise in a sharp image is better than a soft image.

The crow is very central and I suspect that's because you used the centre focus point.
However, the central placement of a single object in a square image can look fine. All I'd like to do is crop in a bit more in order to have less empty spae above the crow. This puts the subject in a stronger dominant position.

That said, there are numerous cropping options so if you can upload a version of the original (you can do this as a Modification) then somebody will be able to try some further suggestions.

3 Mar 2019 9:15PM
I like this. It's a pity it isn't sharp, but I think it still looks okay, and whether or not it's worth keeping depends on any intended use.
I can see some evidence of your processing... there's a thin light line across the bottom of the frame, as though you've overlaid a colour or texture and not matched the fit perfectly. There also seems to be a faint halo of light around the bird, though I can't really figure out why.

Anyway, I've removed the strange halo, and offered a different crop, just as a variation. As Keith says, there are a number of options.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2237 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2019 6:39PM
A good silhouette gives an image mood and mystery, and you've got that here, Caroline.
As silhouettes don't have any detail and are, essentially, just an outline, picking a subject that has a recognisable shape and strong detail around the edge will produce an interesting shot, and you have also achieved that here. The impact of the subject must be conveyed by the outline shape. Bold, unfussy subjects work best.

I was therefore looking at the amount of twigs that are inside your frame. Willie's modification shows how tidy the image looks when some are removed. With fewer, the bird hasn't got as many around it to act as distractions. But the composition does need SOME.

This would look amazing set against a sunrise or sunset sky. Even though it's a little clichéd, silhouettes do work well at sunsets.

We could place this into the "Minimalist" category. But if you crop this too much, it won't be simple enough to fall into that category. Your subject needs to occupy a small section of the frame. This is when less is really more.

The way the bird is looking is important here. It is facing to the right and yet it is looking to the left. So compositional guidelines would have the bird sitting on the right side of the frame, with space on the left for it to "look into".

The background could be changed to ANY colour and there are numerous crops that would work. The choice is obviously yours.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1876 England
5 Mar 2019 8:44AM
Loads of good advice above, and a wonderful mod from Alan, moving hte crow offcentre.

We often underestimate the value of good light for pictures - you took this in really rather dim conditions, and that has caused some quality issues. A tripod might help, but you would still face problems with subject movement. The very best (read 'most expensive') kit can help with wider apertures and the ability to shoot at stratospheric ISO settings, but in the real world, you either need more light, or to work out how to make this more about shapes and less about sharpness.

IMy mod shows a different crop to put the bird off-centre, and also uses a Nik Efex monochrome filter to add grain and darkness. I cloned out all but the branch the bird is sitting on.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2019 10:18AM
I have not problem wit the central placement in this ase, but the image just needs to be the crow and central stem - nothing else. You are very under exposed too, which gives that muddy green effect. Brighten things up and sharpen, then come in tight for a much stronger image with impact.

There is a slightly brighter area round the bird suggesting you tried to do some work?

Catess76 12 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 10:41AM
Love all the mods, especially @dudlers different take on the photo, nice and moody that Smile
Catess76 12 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 10:43AM
I'm going to add the original pic on here (if I can) for interest.... Smile
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1876 England
17 Mar 2019 10:49AM
Even if you find you can't upload a version, you can upload your own modification of the shot.
Catess76 12 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 11:00AM
I've uploaded 2 originals of this crow .. see what you think Smile

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