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Christmas Robin

By ford
Taken on 20th December 2018 at Pennington Flash country park in Leigh, Wigan.

Tags: Wild birds Wildlife and nature

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TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2018 6:15PM
Good shot, Ian.
ford 17
21 Dec 2018 6:18PM
Thanks Tony
21 Dec 2018 6:38PM
This is a good shot Ian, the bird could be moved a little to the right, so that it's looking into the picture rather then out of it, and the tail should be a little higher .
You could add a little more contrast to give a bit more impact, but it's not a bad shot
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 700 England
21 Dec 2018 7:18PM
It;s a decent shot, and the eye is sharp which is very important.
Dave sums it up very well.

While it's nice to get the subject large in the frame it helps if there is a little breathing space around it. Particularly the tail just clips the frame edge and though that may seem like a niggle, having some space between them would make for a more relaxing feel.
Alternatively crop in closer so that it doesn't look like you've 'just missed' it in terms of composition but the result would be a bit 'in her face' I think.

I guess that was the edge of the frame and not cropped so close in post production otherwise there would have been room.
Would I be right in thinking the centre focus point was over the eye, resulting in the bulk of the bird being in the bottom right, and the resulting crop to remove space from the top left?
Fine for a quick first shot but once achieving focus just repositioning the camera for a more optimum composition (and avoiding 'wasting' pixels) is what you need to aim for. If there's time top do birds don't always stay still long enough though Robins aren't bad in that respect, some are very flighty.

It would be nice to see the original complete frame capture (if this is a crop) just so we know what the starting point is, and of course for anyone to suggest iffernet crops.

Nevertheless, it's something that would attract votes in the main Gallery, and better than a number of the bird shots we see.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 700 England
21 Dec 2018 7:29PM
In my mod I adjusted contrast using Levels and Curves, then increased Canvas Size. I allowed the software to fill the blank areas of canvas which I tidioed up with the Clone and Healing brushes. Finally, a crop to reposition the bird.
Thinking about it, I should have warmed the Colour Balance a touch.
ford 17
21 Dec 2018 7:46PM
Thanks for your comments dark_lord

For your info, the image I submitted was untouched straight out of the camera, I am very pleased with the image especially considering the short time the Robin was still 😀

Your modification does look better, but Iím not one for altering after the event, I like to see how it was originally taken.


ford 17
21 Dec 2018 7:49PM
Thanks DaveN, I take your points, unfortunately it was a very quick shot with little time to think 😀

Itís still pretty good though


banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
21 Dec 2018 8:27PM
A very nice seasonal shot.

Mod has white balance tweaked, the eye sharpened, and a crop.

Merry Christmas.


ford 17
21 Dec 2018 8:32PM
Thanks Willie, your mod looks good

All the best

paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2018 8:56AM
As above. You are not getting the best from your gear if you do not post process. In the days of film, much work was done in the darkroom to adjust and correct and to produce a satisfactory image. Only a colour transparency had to be 'right' in camera, although getting the initial shot technically correct was important.

Digital is somewhat different and very few shots are fully satisfactory straight out of the cameras. You almost always need to tweak sharpness, for example, although you have done well here. The image just lacks that bit of punch due, I suspect, to a tiny bit of over exposure - which is easily corrected later.

ford 17
22 Dec 2018 10:05AM
Thanks Paul, I get what your saying 😀
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1716 England
22 Dec 2018 1:19PM
A delightful shot.

A couple of thoughts...

First, Program mode isn't the best option: for this kind of work (which I don't do, but Paul and Keith do - in Paul's case, with Fuji kit). You need absolute control of the settings - and that's as much anticipation of the conditions round the corner as anything else, plus experience of what has been round similar corners in the past.

Higher ISO, too - 1/56 second is dangerously slow with a long lens, or with a small and fluttery subject.

As to editing - would a cabinet-maker be content to work with saw, mallet, chisel and spokeshave, but not with glasspaper and wax or polish? Similarly, the editing allows you to perfect what you've shot. It's always good to get the SOOC image near-perfect: but a little buffing up never goes amiss.

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