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Up a tree.

By kathrynlouise    
Taken on my squirrel shoot on thursday. I love these cute critters Wink

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MossyOak Plus
6 22 15 England
31 Mar 2012 8:25AM
First views on this say over exposure shooting in harsh light. The position in frame and composition work well Kathryn but looking at the Exif data it tells a big picture. The shutter speed is very low for that aperture in harsh light which could have been increased by adjusting the Ev to about -1 to adjust th exposure values for the light as I guess this was handheld.
This would have helped in reducing the burnt out parts of the fur. you could have had the ISO at 200 with -1 and then the exposure would have been alot better and still had approx 1/200th sec. I will try a Mod by reducing the highlights.

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31 Mar 2012 4:11PM
Kathryn great you are posting. Richard is absolutely spot on. SOmething else to consider once you have done everything Richard has said is to have the histogram showing when you review the photo. This is the most important tool on the camera. There are many great articles on how to use them but in summary it will tell you if you are losing information (burnt out or loosing blacks). When you look at the histogram it will help you correct either over or under exposure. The screen on the back of the camera is never accurate enough to see this as you can adjust the brightness.

Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
31 Mar 2012 8:05PM

Quote:have the histogram showing when you review the photo.

You can see the histogram in the viewfinder before you take the photograph with these cameras.
It's a bridge camera and all the advice regarding how to juggle the shutter/aperture and ISO as you would using manual settings on a DSLR, is almost impossible to apply when you're attempting to get an opportunist shot as I imagine this one was.
My guess is that the camera's metered here for the branch in the foreground which looks OK(ish!) and has been caught out by the sunlight above it, much as very often happens when you're exposing for land and sky.
All is not lost however. There is still some detail to be had in that bright area.
I've opened the shot using CS6 and simply applied 'auto tone,' which has brought some colour back.
I'd normally use curves and/or colour balance for that but the 'auto' thing suffices in a hurry.
Then I used the shadows/highlights tool to adjust the shadows and reduce the highlights.
It's still a bit bright around his head (he looks quite godly!) but I think that it's fairly successful.
Hope this helps.


Edit; that mod.'s turned out quite differently to the version I have here.
The bright bits have become brighter. I think that I should have 'saved for web' and I didn't.
31 Mar 2012 10:28PM
Evening lovlies. Thankyou for the critique and mods, notes being taken for future reference and next attempt Wink
Any particular kind of nuts i should be taking ?

tomcat Plus
12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 5:37PM
I fully endorse the comments by all of the above, KatherineSmile

Use of the histogram can be a tad daunting for the uninitiated though.

Personal, I do not use it, as I seem to have developed the knack of what settings need applying to compensate for different light conditions.

Having said that, I possibly could not do it with a bridge camera

Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
1 Apr 2012 7:32PM
Some great info here Kathryn which just about covers the spectrum. Keep clicking. It will come right.
I have to agree with everything that has been said above. They love hazelnuts and monkeynuts as far as I know. Apart from the exposure you need to focus on the eye, this needs to be pin sharp and sadly it's a little soft in this shot. Adjust your focal position or use focal lock. I don't know your camera so I am only assuming you have these facilities. Keep up the practice and it will all come together.
2 Apr 2012 7:27PM
Thankyou for all the comments guys Grin


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