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Hey everyone! I'm just a beginner, but I hope to at least be a wildlife photographer for life on the side of any job I have. I have a GE X500 camera, in black, and I rather adore it right now. Not the best camera around, but certainly pretty good. So far I've mainly only been able to add pictures of my cats because the Texas heat seems to make every other creature disappear, but I hope to soon have some more!
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    Absolutely amazing!
    • 9 Oct 2012 5:31AM
  • An Awkward Stand

    Quote:How odd! (well seen). Are the pumps still in use? I don't think I'd want a picnic there!

    I think it was quite difficult for you to capture this because of the low light - I suspect you were holding your camera, rather then using a tripod. It still makes a good image though, a real talking point! Smile

    They are still in use. Which only made it weirder... But I think that's why too. The lighting was not very good and the use of a tripod would've helped, but I wasn't planning on photographing much that day either! Thank you!
    • 16 Sep 2012 8:47PM
  • An American Soldier

    Quote:Never seen anyone putting the hat over his boots whilst I was in the Army. I only knew of a lieutenant who could wear hat, jacket and boots and look fully dressed.

    I think the picture has two light zones, the top bright part is too bright I think. It could benefit from some lighting adjustment. I could also have this executed in black and white.

    Well, I don't think it's a current practice. It's a thing that used to be done quite a while ago =)

    And yeah, the top came out a bit bright. And black and white may look good, but this is just a raw photograph with absolutely nothing edited.
    • 15 Sep 2012 6:19AM
  • Just Like a Wavin' Flag

    Thanks guys!
    • 7 Sep 2012 3:27AM
  • Just Chillin'

    I like the crispness of the photo, though I agree with Sooty that shooting into the light may not have been the best thing--but it still looks quite good. Beyond that, I can't think of anything else that could be fixed! Nice job!
    • 6 Sep 2012 6:45PM
  • Its down there

    Amazing job! I'm jealous =3
    • 6 Sep 2012 5:17AM
  • The Path to Nowhere

    Quote:A good shot of the bird, do you know what it is?

    Well, he's a crow, but the specific type I don't know.
    • 6 Sep 2012 3:44AM
  • say cheese!

    Wow, amazing job!
    • 5 Sep 2012 6:02AM
  • reflection of orange thrush

    Amazing photo! Wonderfully taken and absolutely amazing!
    • 5 Sep 2012 4:33AM
  • "32 Left in the World"

    Amazing picture! I love it! Hopefully their numbers go up soon though =(
    • 4 Sep 2012 7:05PM
  • My Little Treasure

    Quote:You have an option with composition. You can either capture the main subject and worry about placement later (using a computer programme) by cropping the final image. Or you can partly press the shutter (making sure the subject is sharp), then slightly move the camera to get placement and then finish pressing the shutter. With practise this can be done quite quickly, before your subject wanders (or with squirrels, dashes) off! Smile

    It's a good capture, just a little soft (did you remember to sharpen after re-sizing for upload?) Smile

    I haven't sharpened it, but I could go back and do that. And that is an interesting way to do that... I'll have to experiment with it! Thank you!
    • 4 Sep 2012 12:57PM
  • fight between great billed

    Very nice picture! Nicely done!
    • 4 Sep 2012 3:28AM
  • Stand a Little Taller

    Quote:You've caught the bird brilliantly, a shame the whole of its reflection isn't in frame. I think I would experiment with the crop on this one, perhaps cropping off some (perhaps as much as half) of the left hand side. Because the bird is tall and thin, I feel a tall thin format would suit it (holding the camera on its side would have achieved this when actually taking it). Smile

    Alright, thank you! I'll have to play around with that.
    • 3 Sep 2012 6:58PM
  • Blue Tit

    Love the picture! It looks wonderful.
    • 2 Sep 2012 8:37PM
  • Who Knew I Could Fly?

    Quote:I really like this shot! I think I would rotate it anti-clockwise slightly (to straighten the pole) and I would crop off the lower wires, but that is just down to personal taste and everyone will differ! I like the way the bird is isolated on the wire and the fact you have it high up on the image - well seen and caught!

    I think I will try that! Thank you!
    • 1 Sep 2012 6:38AM
  • The Long Road Home

    Quote:If you have a computer programme (I use Photoshop Elements 9, but there are free downloads, Gimp is one but there are others) it would be quite simple to just crop the road off. I can understand you wanting to take the shot quickly, it looks like he is coming to greet you! Smile

    I've put a quick 'Mod' up in the Junior Group. Just a simple crop and small tweak in 'Lighting'. Smile

    I usually don't edit my photos before I post them on here, though I wouldn't say I am bad at editing or manipulating them. I should check and see what I can get by playing around and bit with my images before I post them. I really like the one you posted of it Grin Thanks for the critique!
    • 30 Aug 2012 1:31PM
  • Singing in the shadows

    I love it! it looks like the bird is curious, and certainly adds an aspect of curiosity to people who see it!
    • 30 Aug 2012 5:29AM
  • The Life that we have Lived

    Quote:He's gorgeous, a lovely colour with wonderful green eyes!

    I think I agree with 'Chinga' about having the whole cat in frame, but that is a minor point. He is just a little on the soft side, this could be because you were in a little bit of a hurry and hadn't got the camera completely still (Don't forget to keep still after you press the shutter - just for a second or two).

    As for nature - you will usually find it near food or water (and as far away from cats as possible!). If your garden doesn't have water, just a shallow bowl will attract birds looking for a drink or bath (It will need to be far enough from bushes to stop the cat ambushing them and near enough to bushes for the birds to escape from other dangers). Smile

    Well, right now water does not seem to be existent where i live so I'm sure that's part of the problem. However, I will probably try that idea with the water bowl! And yes, i probably did move the camera a bit on accident, though I think I could fix the majority of the issue by sharpening the image... either way, thank you!
    • 30 Aug 2012 5:00AM
  • Side on

    Great picture! I find it rather amusing too, though am glad that no one was hurt.
    • 26 Aug 2012 10:59PM
  • Respray

    I love this picture! Wonderful job!
    • 26 Aug 2012 10:56PM
  • Eruption

    I really like this picture! Great job!
    • 26 Aug 2012 4:08PM
  • The Monster that I Wish to Be

    Quote:He is gorgeous - though his expression makes him look slightly cross! I think his eyes could have been a little sharper, your point of focus seems to be the floor behind him, don't forget to take several shots of the same thing, then you have a choice of the best! Smile

    Thank you for the reminder! I'll try to remember that!
    • 26 Aug 2012 3:57PM
  • Fox Cub

    I love foxes. This one is just amazing! I love it!
    • 26 Aug 2012 7:48AM
  • Indian silverbill

    I'd have to agree with Nathan. it's an extremely good picture, but leaving a bit more space on the left would have helped! Great job, though.
    • 26 Aug 2012 7:30AM
  • Ribbit

    Wonderful job on this! I love the picture. The only advice i could give is that in the background it seems slightly over-blurred. It's probably just me personally though, since I love seeing the background surrounding the creature as well. However, it is excellent!
    • 26 Aug 2012 6:07AM
  • An Afternoon Nap

    Quote:Hi Lexi, welcome to EPZ! Smile

    A lovely initial upload, I'm sure the cat is smiling! You've caught him well, he's in the shade but you've still managed to get all his details brilliantly sharp.

    I may have lifted the camera just a little - this would have taken him off the center line and given the image more greenery and less 'rubble'. But that is just a personal thing and probably just me! Smile

    Thank you for the welcome! I'm glad to be here!

    And yes, i think lifting the camera may have helped. It certainly would have brought in more colors and made the image appear more vibrant. Thank you for the advice!
    • 26 Aug 2012 5:59AM
  • On a Summer Day

    Thanks guys! =D I do think that sharpening it would do it some good, but I can easily do that in editing (thankfully).
    • 26 Aug 2012 5:51AM
  • Young Greenfinch.

    I love it. The lighting is great and so is the angle, wonderful job!
    • 1 Aug 2012 12:06AM
  • Osprey fishing in Scotland

    Wow. An absolutely amazing shot. Great job!
    • 31 Jul 2012 11:58AM