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Wake up all folks 2/3

By Raku  
The local alarm clock will sound 7:11 AM.
It lives in a quiet neighborhood, so some people wake up.
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Tags: Wildlife and nature Pheasant cock

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2019 8:42AM
As before. Slightly soft. The wings don't matter in that respect, they show movement but the rest of the bird could be a bit sharper. As before, it needs to be more to the left to balance composition and the water has a strong tilt, which looks wrong. Always try and get horizons straight, especially when water is involved.

Water is always level.

Paul
Raku 2 Finland
14 Jan 2019 11:04AM
Thank you Isabel and Paul
I learning to edit photos and try to do that thing to next image that i publish. It wait there already
Raimo
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2019 12:51PM
Hello again. I really like this, it has life, energy, character. Very nicely timed!

The motion blur in the wings is perfect, and shows just how far a creature can move in 1/250 second.

Now here are a few thoughts. You set to auto for this, which leaves the decision-making to the camera. Remember that the camera has a good calculating brain, but it has absolutely no imagination or intuition. It doesn't actually know what you are photographing, or what effect you want to achieve... It served you pretty well but it could have been better. That depends on taking a degree of control though.

You had your zoom fully extended, which gives the equivalent of 560mm on a full-frame 'professional' camera; ie the equivalent of over half a metre of lens stuck on the front, but in miniature. That shifts the centre of gravity well away from your hands, and as you are composing on the LCD screen the camera is already held forward of your body. Stability problems! Which is why the camera set a high ISO (light sensitivity) and relatively fast shutter speed. Faster (say 1/500 second, or 1/1000 second) could have given sharper overall but would have reduced the motion blur in the wings to something much less evocative.

But I don't think you needed to zoom in so close. Using just 3/4 of your total zoom would have made steady holding easier, and would also have given more space to correct the tilt in the image.

Next point - photographing against a light background as here will trick the camera's 'brain' into underexposing. If you take a degree of control you'll find that there is a facility to increase or reduce exposure and it's worth exploring that in a situation like this.

Thirdly, using auto focus what do you see? Is the camera allowing you to focus on one precise point or is it showing a pattern of a number of points? I suspect the latter... You do need to use a single point.

So, as I said, this is good, to get better you need to take some control and we can advise on that.

I have added a modification with a few simple adjustments. I rotated to get the background level - that meant a crop. So I cropped tighter to make the bird more important in the frame.

I lightened slightly, and then lightened specifically on shadows for a bit more brightness in the breast feathers.

And I added a bit of local sharpening.

With processing, start with light adjustments, take things gently - nothing extreme. See what you can do.

A really nice image, well done.
Moira
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4228 Canada
14 Jan 2019 12:58PM
Its nice to see the alarm in action!
Raku 2 Finland
14 Jan 2019 2:59PM
Thank You Mrs. Moira
I have already edited the next photo, and I notice that i did same way as you do you instructed. I still look at some things that you mentioned for my next picture before I will publish it.
Raimo
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4228 Canada
14 Jan 2019 5:44PM
What software are you using now for editing?



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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
14 Jan 2019 8:21PM
A late welcome from me too (Imissed your last upload but have juist taken a look.

Am I correct in assuming both images were taken at around the same time? In which case you won't have been able to take on board the feedback given, though you could have applied some post capture processing. As was stated, most images do benefit from it.

Moira has covered the technical side very well indeed.
Considering the focal length used the shutter speed is low and that's the largest contributor to softness. It's allowed very nice movement in the wings here but the camera needs to be firmly held to get the most out of the situation. A tripod is ideal, but failing that resting the camera on a solid object such as a wall or post would be a great help.

Keith
Raku 2 Finland
16 Jan 2019 9:38AM
@banehawi
Wake up all folks 1/3 I used PhotoDirector.
Wake up all folks 2/3 i didn't edit at all.
Raku 2 Finland
18 Jan 2019 9:27AM
CyberLink PhotoDirector


Quote:What software are you using now for editing?



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