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Tit on a twig

By TWD
Hi everybody, I知 new to ephotozine, thought I would start to post some of my photos. Please be kind enough to be critical as I知 only a novice, and your advice would help me improve.

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TerryMcK 13 72 2 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2011 8:27PM
Welcome to EPZ, Trevor - I'm glad you've decided to join us after all. You will find there are some very friendly & helpful members here willing to advise & encourage you.

You've made a good start to your portfolio with this well-taken shot. In my opinion, the composition would have been improved a little with the bird placed further to the right, thus looking into more space on the left.
Terry
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
6 Nov 2011 10:51PM
Welcome Trevor.

A brave first upload to the Critique Gallery, - a 500mm shot no less!

Its obviously underexposed, and if it doesnt look under on your monitor, calibration is step 1. You can check your histogram on your LCD right after you take the shot and then if you see the histogram is not extending all the way to the right, - as this one doesnt, then its under, and you can shoot again, while applying a positive exposure compensation. You might have to wait of course if the bird takes off, - but its a good process to incorporate into your routine.

Lets look at the exif data. Youve used Aperture Priority, a good choice for most shots, and certainly if you intend to shoot a stationary subject. You choice of aperture is good.

The shutter speed is too slow for this focal length, unless you are using a tripod, or the lens is a VR type. You need a minimum of 1/(focal length * crop factor) which for this camera is 1/800th. The shot doesnt show any evidence of camera shake, though it is a touch soft. One thing youll need to remember is that when you re size you shot for upload, you need to open the new re sized image, and check it for sharpness. You will often find it has lost sharpness due to file compression, - so sharpen a little more, save, and then upload.

ISO is appropriate to support the shutter and the aperture. So why is it underexposed? Its lively you were shooting into a bright background that influenced the metering system to underexpose, and if that the case, applying a deliberate overexposure using positive exposure compensation is the way around it, - especially having checked your histogram.

I dont know what the background was, - perhaps an evening sky, - cant tell.


The composition can look better as Terry says if you crop the image from the right to place the bird off centre.

Ive cropped in the mod, and brightened the shot; I also applied some sharpening, and brought out that tiny catch light in the eye, - makes it look better. The background for me has turned out an slightly odd colour, - but you were there and might be able to say if it looks right.


I dont know the software you use, or your level of proficiency, so lets know and we can provide some information on how to get to the look of the mod from the original.



Regards



Willie
KeithSt 11
7 Nov 2011 1:35AM
Hi Trevor

Great shot for a novice as you stated. We all have to start some where, and you have made a good start. But i have to agree with Terry about the composition (rule of third). i have uploaded a mod for you.

Keith
TWD 10 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2011 9:36AM
Wow!!! I知 blown away with all the Mods to the picture, to the point I知 most embarrassed to have posted it.

Thank you all so much a lot of information for me to go on with there.

Being new to the site I was struggling to find your adjustments to the image.

Willie, thank you for your detailed reply, the background is a dirt bank, without hardly and green growth on it, the picture was taken at my local reserve, in the fens.

I have always shot in Jpeg. I have photoshop elements 7 and just yesterday I loaded the Nikon software I received with the camera. However with the advice of friends I have just switched within the last 2 days to raw.

forgot to say the lens in question is quite heavy, so I usually use a tripod, however I知 trying to use it hand held, and this was a hand held attempt.



Thanks Terry, Keith, Frank, & Willie, if the first post has taught me anything it shows I have a long way to go. Most appreciated all.

Trevor
9 Nov 2011 8:00PM
Nice to see you on epz, cant offer much advice trevor as i am still learning my self. i know you have just started to shoot in raw so things can only get better with your shots. i would consider a beanbag as you shoot a lot from the hide as they cup the lens . see you at kd soon.
PaulB45 10 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 8:18PM
Welcome to EPZ Trevor, have only being doing this photography myself a couple of years and have picked up so much listening to other people and a good first upload, well taken opportunity.
Paul

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