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Are you talking to Me?

By kuipje  
We visited a beautiful bird park in a little town called Alphen aan de Rijn (Rijn = the river Rhine). You could spent a whole day here. A yesterday was a splendid day in Holland
As always comments/tips/advise most welcome

Tags: The netherlands Pets and captive animals Bird park Avifauna Alphen aan de Rijn

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
20 May 2014 10:30PM
This is quite a crop, and the detail is just starting to get lost with noise becoming visible too.
However, it is still sharp, so it shows the IS on your lens is working well!

It's good to see the full original as we can see the very difficult situation you were in to get the shot.
This is typical of bird of prey centres, and can be frustrating. It's hard to resist taking a shot in any case isn't it!
The wire netting background is not the most photogenic or natural, but it is uniform and non distracting, and you have positioned yourself to get a clear enough head shot.

Looking at your exif, you were only hlaf way through your zoom range. You could easily have got in closer so that your head crop would not have suffered so much.
Opening up your aperture to f/6.3 would have given you some safety in shutter speed while still providing decent lens performance. The change in depth of field would be minimal. Your focus is spot on the eye, so I see no reason why you wouldn't do that if you zoomed closer.

A longer focal length and wider aperture would also reduce the white area across the front of the bird caused by the fence right in front of the lens.

A fair shot in difficult circumstances.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
20 May 2014 10:57PM
Thanks Keith for your (again) good comment. Always welcome
Bianca & Jos
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
21 May 2014 7:07PM
Including the original shot is really helpful. Thank you!

I endorse everythign that Keith's said: and I want to add a twist, and a modification. Cloning out the wire isn't going to be too much fun, but may not actually take very long...

Timed it: just under 4 minutes. I started by cloning a small area from between the wires, and made a larger white area, which I then cloned from. I kept going back to that area, and cloning different areas, then working within each in turn.

There are still rough edges - and for once, a burned-out background is a BIG advantage.

And: No, Sir, I am not talking to you. Perish the thought!
kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
22 May 2014 10:30AM
Thanks John for your 4 minutes of hard work Tongue
It look much "cleaner" This is an other shot Mr. Bird

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