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Timmy the budgie

By Gordonsimpson
This is my pet budgie. I thought I would try something a little different, and I kind of liked the image. Basically after any feedback negative or positive. It all helps.

Tags: Pets and captive animals Pets budgies birds

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clicknimagine 8 221 88
27 Mar 2010 10:16AM
whether my comments are negative or positive, it depends on you, but apparently it is a low light shot, and the image is very blur, you have not posted the shot settings and your intention what you have tried to do,

the bird is calm enough to give you reasonable opportunity to slow the shutter speed down to some extend, but you should use a tripod or something sturdy to eliminate the possibility of camera shake,

f8 to f11 aperture can give you best result, iso 100 is best though you can increase this number to 200 or 400 at the compromise of some noise but not more than that,

But the best option is to introduce an artificial light, an off camera flash may be the best option,

Hope you like it...

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27 Mar 2010 10:36AM
Thanks, I found your comments to be very helpful.
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2010 12:02PM
Personally I would have used the on-camera flash to light this scene. A piece of diffusing material ( a piece of white sheet or thin paper ) placed over the flash will help to soften any shadows created by the flash. The image is very dark and needs levels to expand the tonal range and curves to increase the contrast.

This is a pet bird so you should have full control over the lighting and perhaps be able to take the budgie out of its cage so the shadows of the bars don't fall across the bird. I find the bar shadows too distracting.

With the camera and lens you have you should be able to produce a sharper photo than this. Maybe your focus was a little off. I think you should work on the basics of exposure control using a balance of shutter speed, aperture and ISO and light this using fill-in flash. A reflector ( a piece of white card ) placed one side of the bird will also bounce light onto its side and should improve the shot.

DPhillips 7 20 South Africa
4 Dec 2010 10:31AM
Agree. Lighting and focus need attention

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