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By albo68
free flying doves
11/04/09 16.08
1/800 sec f7.1
iso 100
300 .0 mm

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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MetAl 9 2 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 1:14PM
You've captured the birds well - really impressed with the way you have managed to freeze the action, particularly with the bird top right.

I did feel though that the bright cloud in the bottom right hand corner was a bit distracting. I have uploaded a mod where I have made a tighter crop and tried to bring out the doves a bit more with some highlighting and sharpening (someone with some expertise could probably have done this better - I was struggling not push it too far and end up with obvious halos around them).

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 2:27PM
Hello, Allan. It's been a long time since you uploaded. I am not a bird photographer, but there are many on this site, and it would be worth your while taking a look at their in-flight shots. Your complete sky background is good for the doves, but they are quite soft, maybe due to their obvious movement or perhaps camera shake on your part? Did you use a tripod? I feel you needed to use a faster shutter speed and a larger aperture/lower f-stop in order to freeze the motion better, and then to concentrate on one or two of the doves only, like the pair on the right for instance. I think the brightness of the white cloud area is less important than getting some detail on the birds, and quite like the contrasting cloud areas anyway. For birds in flight, I often use continuous shooting and continuous AF, which can produce some satisfying shots. It's worth trying, and there will always be birds flying around for you to practice on until you achieve some success. My modification is by no means a quick fix, but it does allow you to see the two birds focused upon and the effectiveness of "less is more". I cropped to the pair of doves on the right and placed them top right, leaving them space to fly into, then lightened the image, lifted the shadows, increased the saturation and removed some blue from the birds. My second mod has a little unsharp mask/sharpening applied.
albo68 11 Scotland
12 Apr 2009 4:21PM
thank guys this pic was taken wile waiting for transport at the beamish open air museum so no time to setup a tripod basicly was shot on auto if i had time yes i could have just got the pair.
yes been a long time since i posted but just got my new camera so hope to post more.
thanks for the comments


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