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14/09/2014 - 11:10 AM


VladimirCracking shot Alan but think it would have been worth just dodging the eyes to make it even better, just a suggestion Wink
27/09/2013 - 1:06 PM

I'm Going

I'm GoingWell done Dave, in flight shots ain't easy, you could try upping the shutter speed next time (increase the ISO) and setting the lens at around 400mm or so because the Sigma is reputed to be a little soft at 500mm. Not sure what the marks are around the wing edges and feet but that's probably been caused during processing Wink
04/07/2013 - 12:42 PM

Wow its so hot....

Wow its so hot....Nicely detailed Shane, just needs more space on the RH side and less on the LH side so that the bird has space to look into, that would improve the composition somewhat, My comment is intended to help Smile Smile Smile
25/02/2013 - 6:27 PM

Deer in the Glen

Deer in the GlenHi Kate, it's well captured but it looks like the sun/light is in the wrong place at that time of day, it has produced a strong back light which causes shadows and loss of detail. I can only suggest trying again when the light is not behind the deer in that location, also it looks like a large crop to me and that will also degrade detail. At a maximum of 85 mm you need to get a lot closer if possible, alternatively beg, steal or borrow a more powerful lens if you can. The shutter speed also needs to be a lot faster and you could do that by upping the ISO and ideally setting the aperture to f/8 in this case. I hope this may help and my comment is not intended to offend, having said that you got the shot under difficult circumstances,
02/12/2012 - 5:07 PM

Coal tit

Coal titCaptured well Gary but I think you have to watch the processing here, it looks a little OS thereby making the feathers look a little brittle. This will also cause unwanted artefacts similar to noise. You don't say if this was at 500mm with the Sigma but from past experience with this lens I would try to keep the max zoom to 475mm or so as if yours is anything like mine it tends to be a little soft on full bore.... hence the urge to sharpen more than you should. I never wish to offend and I hope you consider my comment as helpful,
10/10/2012 - 12:27 PM

another one

another one
Quote: Just a tad burnt out on the cheek and chest whites Phil but still a grand shot.

I agree with Ron Phil, it may help if you remember to dial in minus exp compensation when you photograph any animal or bird with white, usually 1 stop will do it, sometimes a little more. It also depends on the type of light available at the time, sadly the 'perfect camera' hasn't been invented for these conditions......yet Wink
23/09/2012 - 1:29 PM

Small Tortoiseshell

Small TortoiseshellJoan, 2 good shots here but just to put your mind at rest you are not going to get everything in focus taking shots at this angle due to the very small dof with your your 90mm macro lens. To get all parts of the Butterfly in focus you need to have all parts of the subject in the same focal plane, in other words square on. Also remember that the closer you get the smaller the dof, hope that helps a little,
29/08/2012 - 1:18 PM

"Coming to get you"

"Coming to get you"
Quote: Thanks Geoff, not sure I know how to put it on continuous though!!

Hi, just had look at the manual on the web for this camera and Page 49 explains how to do this and also an explanation between single and continuous as follows:

The following three focus modes are available with this camera.
You can take pictures by combining S-AF or C-AF mode with MF mode. g “Simultaneous
use of S-AF mode and MF mode (S-AF+MF)” (P. 51), “Simultaneous use of C-AF mode and
MF mode (C-AF+MF)” (P. 51)

S-AF (single AF)
Focusing is performed once when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
If focusing fails, release your finger from the shutter button and press it halfway again. This
mode is suitable for taking pictures of still subjects or subjects with limited movement.
Press the shutter button halfway.
• When the focus is locked, the AF confirmation mark lights up.
• A beep sound is output when the subject is in focus.

C-AF (continuous AF)
The camera repeats focusing while the shutter button
remains pressed halfway. When the subject is in motion, the
camera focuses on the subject in anticipation of its movement
(Predictive AF). Even if the subject moves or you change the
composition of the picture, the camera continues trying to

I am not familiar with the camera myself but thought this may help,

27/08/2012 - 5:29 PM

"Coming to get you"

"Coming to get you"Hi Ju, The focal length and aperture shown in the EXIF data doesn't make much sense to me. Having said that it seems the focus point is on the grasses level and above with the dogs ears. Just check that the focus on the camera is set to 'continuous' and not single in future. It's also a good idea to do a quick burst of shots in a situation like this then you have a better chance of getting one in focus, hope this may help,
11/04/2012 - 12:48 PM

A Sun in every Drop

A Sun in every DropGood comp Malcolm and some fine detail captured, the water drops look good too, I see that you used some minus exp comp here which is the way to go in this case but it looks like you could have done with some more minus exp comp to prevent the burn out on the white cheeks, always difficult with any bird or animal that has white. Sometimes it's better to under exp a shot as that can be corrected most times especially if you shoot in RAW, hope that helps,
09/03/2012 - 12:24 PM

pond rescue!

pond rescue!All very good Carol and the pond as a BG works well, however it looks like you haven't blurred the BG in V2 so well to get rid of what is probably noise, V3 also has a couple of marks just underneath the Bee, sorry to mention it,
PS: I prefer to be shot against the wall rather than hanging Wink
16/12/2011 - 5:42 PM


GreenfinchGreat clean shot of this fine looking specimen Derek, well detailed and a lovely BG. I like the portrait presentation but think the tail is a little tight in the frame, only my opinion though Wink
30/11/2011 - 11:13 AM

Blue Tit

Blue TitGood shot but you need less space on the left so that it looks like the bird has space to look into, this would improve your composition considerably, as it is the bird is pretty well central, trying to help Wink
01/11/2011 - 11:53 AM

prickly fly!

prickly fly!Great set Carol, re our recent comms, I downloaded V3 and applied the following in PS to achieve the effect I mentioned.

1: Go to selective colour, choose the black channel and set the slider to plus 50.......flatten image.
2: Go to Hue and saturation and try plus 14 saturation.........flatten image.
3: Go to brightness and contrast and apply plus 8 brightness and plus 5 contrast, .......flatten image, you should now see the blacks more defined and the colour more true to life, in other words it will 'pop'

Hope this helps,
18/10/2011 - 3:13 PM


MUDDY  POND  II . . . .Good set Patti but I see from the EXIF data that you didn't apply any minus exp compensation here, consequently the whites are over exposed. With any animal or bird with white you will always need to dial in some minus exp comp because all cameras regardless of price will do this if the camera is left at default settings. In bright sunlight as you have here I would have applied minus 1.3 or even 1.7, not being picky just offering advice for you to take on board for future occasions like this,
26/09/2011 - 5:22 PM

What a pose

What a poseHi John, well captured and a lovely pose but I do agree about the comment Richard made about the 170-500, I still have the 150-500 OS and that performs pretty well the same.
Also the shot looks slightly over exposed on my screen and the whites on the cheeks are blown. There is no EXIF data here so I don't know if you used exp comp but If you did it needed more. When taking shots of birds or animals with white it's always a good idea to dial in around 2/3rds minus exp comp (sometimes more depending on the light conditions) as a starting point before you even get it in the viewfinder because this will always happen (as you probably already know) if you leave the camera at it's default setting, no offence meant here, just trying to help,
26/09/2011 - 3:20 PM

Great tit

Great titWell captured, a little minus exp comp would have prevented the O/E on the cheeks though. It's always necessary with any bird or animal that has white as this will always happen if the camera is left at the default setting. if minus exp was used it needed a little more. Also you need to leave more room on the left for the bird to look into, as it is you have the bird pretty well central in the frame, hope this helps,
RUBY  THROAT  HUMMINGBIRD  II  . . . .Well captured, a little soft (the tripod may have prevented that) but I notice from the EXIF data that you didn't use any exp compensation. It's essential to dial in maybe 1 stop minus exp comp with any animal or bird that has white to prevent over exposure. Hope this may help Patti,
My first butterfly  (out in the open)Good 1st attempt but as this was taken at ISO 400 you shouldn't have quite so much 'noise' as you have here, I'm guessing this was a very large crop due to the 'noise' you have in the BG. You could try using the blur tool set at 100% and carefully apply the blur to the BG only but do this before you put your border on, that would improve the shot so much, hope this helps a little,
19/08/2011 - 4:17 PM

A Nutty Pose

A Nutty PoseHi Lillian, well captured but looking at the EXIF date you could have used f/8 here or less, lowered the ISO and the shots would probably have less noise (which always shows up most in dark areas) and most likely you would still maintain a reasonable shutter speed. As you may know, f/11 on the 150-500 isn't going to give you much more dof (if any) and is more forgiving than say a prime. Having said that V1 is the better shot for detail and well done in getting the classic pose,