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Little Blue Heron

By Kostas_74
Photographed with the camera in hand with +1/3 exposure compensation.
I do not know if it's caused by motion or focus error or optical limitation, but I think it's missing definition.

Tags: Bird Wildlife and nature Egretta Caerula

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paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2018 3:59PM
i assume the lens is the Sigma - heavy. The image is reasonable but needs to be a bit crisper and more contrast to separate the bird from the background. Almost certainly camera movement even at near 450mm actual.


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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
6 Jul 2018 4:14PM
Its quite good overall.

From what I can see when I download the original large image, its a combination of exposure, contrast, white balance and the possibility that the birds head, especially the beak, moved slightly during exposure.

The mod has some tweaks in these areas, and some sharpening applied. Contrast and white balance help separate the bird from the background.

See what you think, - does it make a difference?


6 Jul 2018 6:06PM
Ah a little to blue but that's easily corrected, hope you like it other than that. always better to work with the raw file. my screen obviously needs calibrating
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1599 England
6 Jul 2018 6:44PM
Willie's analysis is sound, I think: it's a matter of not pushing at the technical limits.

Part of that is not enlarging if yo ucan zoom in more: I think you had a good deal of scope to zoom rather htan cropping, and get higher quality, within the limits of the lens (which I don't know, but Paul and Willie do...)
6 Jul 2018 6:59PM
Yes indeed the Sigma is heavy and not very well balanced.

Willie's mod is very clean, interesting.

DaveNewbury is on the verge of exaggeration but definitely has his style.

I think the color corrections were very efficient.

Thank you all for your time and skill.

6 Jul 2018 7:13PM
Hi John, I totally agree. I think living with a group of birdwatchers has influenced me to shoot with more background, they always say that my photos are cropped too much. But in this situation, to get that result, zooming in would have been better.

Sorry for my very basic English.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2018 8:15AM
In most cases I strongly believe in get in tight and fill the frame.


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