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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2020 8:03AM
Welcome to the site! This is delightful, but a bit soft. You don't show your Exif data, it would be worth checking your settings.
It would also benefit from a small anti-clockwise rotation, reflections drop straight down whatever angle they are seen from.
I hope you don't mind me mentioning that, there was so much potential in this opportunity.
Chrism8 15 1.0k 29 England
9 Jun 2020 8:07AM
Totally agree with Moira as above, In addition I'd clone out the white specks behind the cygnets to remove the distractions.
Chelle65 3 112
9 Jun 2020 8:59AM
I have a 2nd edition in my portfolio, thank you for your helpful comments
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2020 12:00PM
Thanks. I'm seeing the same problems in the other upload. I suspect that a too slow shutter speed is the likely cause of the softness. I see from your heron shot, where the Exif is displayed, that you have a Nikon Coolpix B700, which has quite terrifying specifications, a x60 zoom. Your 4.3 - 238 mm is the equivalent of 24 - 1440 mm on a full frame SLR! So when fully extended you are holding the equivalent of one and a half metres of lens stuck on the front of a 'professional' camera, with everything scaled down. As you extend the lens the centre of gravity moves away from your hands, even with IS that can create stability issues unless you use a tripod.
You need a shutter speed that is fast enough to freeze movement for a subject like this, and also fast enough to counter camera shake.
If you are interested in improving, I would suggest that you tick the critique button when uploading, it disables votes and awards but you will get serious advice. But if you do that, please don't use 'Save for web', as it wipes the important data from the file.
Chelle65 3 112
9 Jun 2020 12:10PM
Thank you ...i find my Nikon b700 a nice camera ..its my first camera ..but i find the settings are not very user friendy , i am trying different settings to improve my images anc also i am looking to change my camera ...any advice is very welcome ..
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2020 12:42PM
As I said, try uploading for critique. You can ask questions, get advice, there's a team of us. We can guide you through settings, for example.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1891 England
9 Jun 2020 6:44PM
I'll second Moira's comments. You will be most welcome in the Critique Gallery: if you want to learn, ask questions...

Always, the more you can tell us about what you want to do, the more we can help. A conversation is always a good way to learn!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 793 England
9 Jun 2020 8:21PM
And I'll third those comments.
I wouldn't rush into getting a new camera. What you have is capable. By practicing and learning you'll be in a better place to make a decision on what you might want to buy. Just changing camera won't, on the whole, result in 'improvements'.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1891 England
9 Jun 2020 9:17PM
A couple of thoughts on staying with the camera for a while.

I'm not sure what you do, but I'd suggest sticking to the wide end of the zoom. Use Aperture priority. And always use the viewfinder, not the rear screen.

This may not sit well with wildlife pictures, but they are the Very Hard part of photography. I've been shooting for more than 50 years, and it's not something I try often, or optimistically...

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