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18/06/2010 - 2:22 PM

bread eating squirell

bread eating squirellHello.
First of all, this is a very nice shot, but I noticed you want some constructive critique, so here goes.

My advice would be to let the light work for you. Try not to shoot with the sunlight behind the subject as it darkens the main point of interest and you will find you lose lots of details. Shooting into the light also make it hard to obtain a well exposed image. There are of course exceptions to this.

I appreciate that this is not always possible, especially when shooting wildlife, but if you can move position slightly until the light falls onto the subject from the front, then you will greatly improve the shot in terms of being able to see much more detail and even get some catch-light in the eye, which makes a world of difference.

02/06/2008 - 11:14 AM

Green Finch Carduelis chloris

Green Finch Carduelis chlorisIt is a greenfinch. They can be more of a yellow colour at times.

I will give some tips, although most have been said and this is in not meant to be knocking your image, just some advice.

First off the shot is overexposed, this can be seen on the legs, beak and seeds, the highlights have blown which has lost some detail for you. The noise is also present in high levels, what ISO setting did you use? I would use a low ISO setting if you have good light.

I would have focused on the birds eye and used a larger aperture setting (low number, on this lens f/4.5). This would have thrown the background into a nice blur. Also, as already mentioned try not to get the feeding station in the shot if you want a nature feel. Hide the seed in the log for example so it can't been seen in the image.

It's a good attempt so keep up the good work!