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Dunnock

By Emmog
After a few weeks of getting frustrated with how I can't seem to get a reasonable photo of any wildlife subject. They are always too noisie, out of focus, not sharp. Frustrating!

Anyway, I am uploading a photo that I took a little while ago that isn't too much of the above!

Hope that you like it and all C&Cs welcome.
Matt

Tags: Wildlife Animals Birds Dunnock Hedge sparrow Sparrows Far ings Wildlife and nature

Voters: PauloNascimentoPhotography, tull, KarenFB and 9 more


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Comments


excellent capture, lots of details, well done!
Paulo

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tull 13 181 United Kingdom
23 May 2010 4:03PM
Well composed and nearly there!
Someone I know has the same lense and the same problem, so it's probably the lense and not you?!

Mark.
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 169 England
23 May 2010 4:21PM
This is a lovely image - I really like the composition. Having the Dunnock off to one side with plenty of room to 'fly/look into' is perfect.

Don't lose heart - keep on trying. There's a 'wow' picture out there just waiting to be found! Smile
Emmog 7 38 1 England
23 May 2010 5:10PM
Thanks for the comments guys
MrsS 10 4.5k 18 England
23 May 2010 5:32PM
Hi Matt, as Karen says, keep going! We all suffer from "Photographer's Block" now & then - love the composition and DoF in this one Smile

Fran x
23 May 2010 5:38PM

Quote:This is a lovely image - I really like the composition. Having the Dunnock off to one side with plenty of room to 'fly/look into' is perfect.

Don't lose heart - keep on trying. There's a 'wow' picture out there just waiting to be found!



I agree with that keep practicing, it happens to us all
Graham_P 10 1 19 United Kingdom
23 May 2010 5:47PM
Nicely composed image Matt.
Are you using the lens handheld.
As the 170-500 lens has no image stabilisation you need a shutter speed of at least 1/500sec at the long end to get a good image which in anything but bright conditions isn't easy to achieve. Looking at the image there doesn't seem to be any of the branches that are in focus either in front or behind the bird which suggests this may be the problem, try using a monopod for support, consider an iso of around 400 and an aperture of around 7.1 as dof will be severely limited at f5.
I had similar problems with a sigma 50-500mm lens but with practice managed some decent images.

Hope this helps,

Graham.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
23 May 2010 6:29PM
A great effort Matt. May I ask if you were using a tripod ? With that lens and shooting over a reasonable distance I would regard a tripod, or at the very least a monopod, to be indispensable. I would hate to try without one.
Ron
andymark 6 1 England
23 May 2010 7:45PM
that a nice shot well done
Emmog 7 38 1 England
23 May 2010 8:03PM
Thanks for the comments. I will give that a go Graham. Ron, I am not using a tripod that much with this lens. Occasionally I use a monopod but problems still persist! Thanks for the advice
23 May 2010 8:52PM
You've had some good advice here. The only thing I would add is: however near you are you need to get nearer! They are so small and so fast you need to be very close indeed. So you need a hide or a hole in the wall of the garden shed or something that can keep them from being spooked by your presence. Good shot here by the way.
Emmog 7 38 1 England
24 May 2010 6:50PM
Thanks wideangler

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