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By billspencer
this was taken on my canon 650d on automatic I am afraid I still have not got as far as using the dials sorry Smile

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
31 Dec 2012 5:39AM
Hi Bill,

No need to apologise for the camera operation, we all have to start somewhere. Looking at the exif data before the picture i notice that your ISO is set on 3200 and that isn't a good thing at at all. Therefore even though you haven't mastered the dials yet, you need to do two things before you take any more pictures. The first is to change the dial on your camera from the green square to the 'P' mode, the only difference you will notice is that the flash will no longer annoyingly pop up. There are other differences but that is the thing you will notice. Secondly, press the ISO button on your camera and take it off 'Auto' and put it onto 100 and leave it there and only change it back to auto if you are in a dark room with hardly any light and can't use flash. The quality of an image at ISO 3200 is vastly less superior to one taken at ISO 100 especially in the darker areas.

Here your image is not sharp and this looks to me like movement in the image because the tree seems sharp at the point of focus. I would suggest that the bird was just moving enough to blur in the 320th of s econd that you took the shot.The wings being blurred is a good thing though because that shows movement and lets us know as a viewer that the bird is alive and not stuffed so to speak. i think shots like this are mastered with a little bit of practice and knowing where to focus. I would be using the centre focus point only and i would be pointing it straight at its head.

The shot itself is not bad, a little dark under the wings but at least there is no overexposed parts in the image. the subject is a little central in the image and would benefit for the right side being cropped a little. the branch in the top right corner does not need to be there as it is not adding to this image and is therefore a distraction, the crop will alleviate this.

I have done a quick mod where I have cropped the right, top and bottom of the image, added a little colour and adjusted the levels. I then dodged under the wings to get some detail in there and I then sharpened.

Hope this all helps


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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
31 Dec 2012 5:42AM
A great photo !
31 Dec 2012 7:55AM
ZoeKemp 5 31 England
31 Dec 2012 11:51AM
Nicely captured action shot Smile Smile Smile
31 Dec 2012 3:12PM
thanks to you all really good to get comments and advice Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 4:44PM
This is well caught and has great potential but needs for the head and body to be sharp. Don't mind blurred wings. Your 1/320 was not enough, but the light must have been terrible to need ISO3200. Such high ISO is a pity, but you needed it. Difficult to see how you could manage at all otherwise. F2.8 lenses cosr an armand a leg.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
31 Dec 2012 5:12PM
Its a very good effort Bill.

Using a noise reduction can improve the shot, - I used Noise Ninja for the mod, and cropped off the right as Dave did, and added a little space to the left to maintain an 8 X 10 aspect ratio.

I was able to get the head reasonable sharp with a bit of fiddling, and slightly altered the white balance.

Hope you like the mod,


31 Dec 2012 7:46PM
once again thanks for the advice and both modifications are an improvement on my photo again thanks Smile

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