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Wachya Do with me Nuts Fool

By dan3008
While out taking photos at the sheffield botanical gardens I saw this little guy, He was really friendly and started poseig so I got a few pictures.

I know that my composition wasnt brilliant, but had to work with what I and to be honest, I'm not sure exactally how to improve my composition anyway for this shot.

Tags: Sheffield botanical gardens Wildlife and nature

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dan3008 5 15 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 10:13PM
Thankyou Focus_man, I'd not thought of using Topaz to enhance the image more, good idea Smile

and photomorph, Good work, again, I like it But I'd left the leaf litter in because i personally felt it added a little more naturalism to the photo. But each to each's own I guess. And the black and white, very effective Grin
Jestertheclown 7 7.4k 249 England
2 Apr 2011 10:26PM
I'm not sure that the composition makes a lot of difference in a shot like this which is really just a bit of fun.
Moer importantly perhaps, it's a bit soft, your point of focus looks to have fallen on his tail (hard to avoid in shots like this) and the colours, especially green are pretty well saturated. I've had a go at a mod. in which I've de-saturated the green a bit, cropped it to an alternative, not necessarilly better, composition and sharpened it.
I've also run it through the shadows/highlights tool which may (or may not!) have helped.
All done in CS5
Hope this helps.

Bren.
dan3008 5 15 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 11:27PM
Thanks again bren Smile 2 for 2 of my pics you have improved on lol. I'd already done a shadows/highlights, obviously just needed a bit more. Good call on desaturating the greens a bit, I see how thats really improved the quality.
In honesty, this was more just practice, I've been invited to go take photos at one of my friends familys hawkery, So i needed the practice at taking photos of living animals lol.
Jestertheclown 7 7.4k 249 England
2 Apr 2011 11:42PM

Quote:In honesty, this was more just practice, I've been invited to go take photos at one of my friends familys hawkery, So i needed the practice at taking photos of living animals lol.


If the hawks are to be standing on a perch, you can get some really good shots without too much hassle. If they're in flight, it'll get more tricky!
Aim to have their head, and eyes in particular, in focus and you can get away with the rest of the body being a bit soft. It doesn't work too well the other way around!
Try to get close to the birds so that you don't need to use the zoom function too much but allow some room to crop it if you need to.
When you compose your shots remember to check that the background is suitable. Hawks don't look right in front of a car, for example.
There are a few hawk type birds in my pf. and more on my website, the address is on my pf. too, all of which were taken with a cheap bridge camera so don't think you can't get good results with the one you're using.
And be sure to upload a few shots when you've got them. I shall look forward to seeing them.
Good luck, I hope this helps.

Bren.
PhotoMorph 8 12 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 12:37PM
left my comments under the modified images.

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