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  • Clear for landing.

    Hi Glenn.

    This is what I would call an opportunistic, or "grab" shot, - you weren't planning for it, and you reacted quickly to catch it.

    So theres two approaches to feedback, - one would be how to plan for a shot like this, and another is all about post processing, which is how to improve this particular image.

    Lets look at post processing, and how the camera was set up; You shot towards the light, and some light has entered the lens causing flare; you can reduce this at the time by being aware of the light position and avoiding the angle, and by using the lens hood. Flare causes the image to look "light". It has also caused some blue lines around the edges of that hut as an example, - which is called chromatic aberration, - or spreading of the light spectrum. All of this can be addressed to some extent in post processing, though if you were planning a shot like this, you would shoot it differently.

    Moira mentioned before about using presets, and you used one here, which resulted in a fast shutter speed, - luckily! I will assume you dont want to vary from presets for a while? If you are adventurous, we can help!

    I assume you shot a JPEG, and not a RAW image?

    To correct that chromatic aberration, you might see that the camera has an option to correct lens distortion once it recognises the lens; if your camera has this option in settings, enable it; it may well be found in Custom Settings.

    In post processing, the lens Correction filter can also be used to perform this function.

    To get the image to show less glare, and be more substantial, using the left slider in either curves or levels adjustment, you can slide it towards the centre; this makes the blacks actually black, especially the black feathers; use your eye while looking at the seagull to judge how it looks.

    Cropping off centre can be useful for composition.

    The Gull is not ultra sharp, - partly due to the light, partly due to the fact you are not using tracking auto focus, - the mode called AI Servo on your camera. Thats something you can use to track moving objects, like flying birds, cars, etc. but requires advance planning.

    Take a look at the mod and you can see what the difference is with the adjustments Ive mentioned. I also applied a little sharpening to the seagull.


    • 26 Apr 2018 9:34PM
  • alone

    Welcome to EPZ John.

    Nice shot. Youve allowed modifications, so I have uploaded one. Click the modifications button to see.

    Its a closer crop, warmer white balance. Including her hands would be something to look out for next time!


    • 26 Apr 2018 1:19PM
  • Stripes

    Its a good shot overall.

    If you had the opportunity, it may have been a good idea to rotate the camera into a portrait position to include the legs, but you may have been in a vehicle?

    The light due to time of day is right above, making the face shaded, - not a lot you can do about it at the time, but theres a lot of scope in post processing to lift exposure and shadow detail where its needed.

    Auto WB provides a rather blue tone as always, and a small correction can make it appear as if the shot was taken in sunshine.

    Cropping provides some opportunities: the mods show two possible crops that include some background, but a closer crop to show the head is also an option, though theres less background.

    The main tweaks are white balance, black level, sharpening, exposure and shadow detail where needed.


    • 26 Apr 2018 1:02PM
  • same shoot original unedited

    Theres quite a noticeable camera or subject shake in this that makes it quite soft?
    • 26 Apr 2018 12:47PM
  • Petra

    • 25 Apr 2018 5:43PM
  • Yellow Bittern

    The focus was on the grass in front of the bird unfortunately!
    • 25 Apr 2018 5:41PM
  • Terracotta Chariot & Horses

    No, they dont!
    • 25 Apr 2018 1:16PM
  • Some nice work, - youve a good eye for a shot

  • Lots of really good shots in this portfolio, - many deserving of much more acknowledgment than theyre getting.

  • A superb set of images showing a real connection with the subjects in many cases. A master class in the art of b&w.

  • Nice range of very good shots, especially the portraits

  • Love your pf, - you have a terrific eye for a shot.

    • Posted on Strobe's profile
    • 20 Jul 2008 3:21AM
  • Moira, I just LOVE the Dublin series, - as a part Irish person you will understand how your journey, so well documented in this series really resonates with a person born and raised there, as I am.


  • Beautiful set of landscapes, well done.

  • I like your new PF pic Vic.

  • Very nice portfolio

    • Posted on NikkiW's profile
    • 7 May 2008 8:43PM
  • You have a very nice portfolio, - Im inspired to take better shots around Toronto!

    Added you to my favourites.