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Building the nest

By Footski
A Goldfinch was busy building a nest in a large fir tree. I set up with a 500mm zoom, taking the shot with a remote release. Unfortunately the nest was destroyed within a few days by strong winds.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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8 Dec 2013 2:03PM
Great capture
Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2013 2:04PM
Thank you.
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4239 Canada
8 Dec 2013 2:43PM
Looks like the exif data is wrong Barry. It says 1/60 where the Exposure Comp is. Am I right to think this is the shutter speed, 1/60th?

If so, this is way too slow for 500mm on a 1.5 crop camera, even on a tripod with remote release, as the subject itself is not static, so you will pick of the smallest of movements. This is why its not really sharp, but its close.

Best to use shutter priority, set it to much closer to 1/500th to 1/800th and let the camera worry about aperture

There is some grey on the nest just below the bird, - is this some burning done in post processing?

Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2013 3:08PM
Thanks for that. I have corrected the Exif.
Quite right, I remember being annoyed with my self at the time for not using shutter priority.
I am not sure what the marking is you describe. I don't think I did any burning on the original!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2013 5:24PM
As Willie says regarding shutter speed - you are pretty well guaranteed subject movement here because there will be movement in the leaves and branch as well as the bird.

The other thing that jumps out at me is that the greens dominate. It's a tricky colour, greens that in real life will look fresh and vibrant, on a computer screen look harsh and garish.

As a result what should be background leaps forward, which spoils the balance. I think it's the yellow element that needs taking down a bit.

I'll have a go at a Mod, upload if I get anything I like.
Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2013 5:40PM
Thank you Moira,
I like what you have done with the green, but to me the red stands out too much. I will have a go at your suggestion myself in the next few days and post it as a mod.....
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2013 6:33PM
Lots to think about Barry. Still a great effort..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2013 7:04PM
Thank you. You are right.....Much to learn!
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 9:08AM
A fine try, but there is a little unsharpness and your colours are very vivid. It is very difficult to get a shot like this and you have done well. I do suspect this is a huge crop from the camera image which will emphasise any movement, and 1/60 is a bit slow for a 500mm, even on a tripod.

I would have used f8 and ISO400. Then you would have the benefit of 1/250 to help. I suspect you have done a bit of work on the colours and over done it a touch.

Still, a pretty good image. I know the problems.

Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 9:29AM
Spot in Paul. It has been cropped quite a bit and I did do my amateurish work on the colours. I am hoping the birds come back next Spring so I can try again.

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