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YARP ... Yet another Robin Picture :D

By nicktg      
I'm off work at the moment and can't get out with the camera so taking the opportunity to go through some of the unprocessed shots from last year onto the new mac. THis little fella was taken at Rutland waterI just missed the beak open and burst of song but caught his breath Grin

As always your opinions will be valued.

Tags: Birds General Robin Wildlife and nature

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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
30 Jan 2013 11:55AM
Good close up.............good details in the feathers and good focus.............GrinGrinGrin

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
30 Jan 2013 12:09PM
Lovely capture of this beautiful bird,
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 12:26PM
Fine capture
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
30 Jan 2013 1:31PM
Cracking close up.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 3:11PM
Nice shot, well composed. Would just run the burn tool over the bottom corners to darken a touch. Robin's are a great bird for photography. If our resident Robin sees me come out of the house, he comes straight over for tit bits.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 3:12PM
Super pic here but maybe a little soft. I have uploaded a mod where I adjusted levels and cloned out the small branch bottom left and the blue patch top left corner. Unless of course you used a tripod then the shutter speed is a little to long as you would need around 1/400sec minimum to cut out any vestige of camera shake. Focus wise you have displayed nice differential focussing but perhaps to be sure of adequate DoF with a 400mm lens I would have been tempted to use an aperture of f8. Using maximum aperture is not the most efficient use of the lens.

I can't understand the necessity for exposure compensation of -1.

Despite my comments this is generally a super pic.

nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 3:42PM
Thanks all,


Noted - thanks for that I'll bear it in mind.


I agree with the small branch looks better. The blue patch - I wasn't sure if it was part of the breath so left it ... doesn't look any worse for removing so I guess it's a case of if it doesn't add anything ...

I must have had tripod with me even though we were walking around as this was take in a small copse hence the 1/60th/sec. I'd only had the camera a week or so at the time so the -1 may well have been an accidentGrin

As always much appreciated guys.

Trev_B 11 151 68 England
30 Jan 2013 5:46PM
Hi Nick... you have the most important element right in this Robin shot, it's in focus. To my mind the image would suit a portrait crop and include more room above the bird.

I have loaded a mod in which I have tried to show what I mean, please ignore the very rough cloning used to add extra to the canvas above the bird Wink. I have also added some unsharp mask to make the image slightly crisper.

Hope this helps.

nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 6:08PM
interesting Trevor. I've just done a quick mod of the original and you could be right.

PS I didn't upload it as you beat me to it

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
30 Jan 2013 9:05PM
A fabulous sharp and detailed shot Nick. I would recommend a square crop, with added space at the top, a touch more contrast, and desatrurate the background. Those bright greens are. well, bright.

A slight de sat on the Robin improves his sharpness as the red is a little bit hot.

Uploaded a mod I hope you like, view large.


nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 9:13PM
Cheers Willie... Good advice as usual

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