Back Modifications (2)
Views: 57 (38 Unique)  Award Shortlist   

Beady Eye

By paulbroad
The other Gull, with his rather out of focus mate. Different perspective I know, and a fairly standard image, but possibly worth discussion. Camera resting on handrail on which the guls were standing - longer end of focal length and wide aperture to get the restricted depth.

EOS 40D with 18/250 OS Sigma at about 200mm - 320mm. Aperture priority f6.3, ISO400 - shutter speed about 1/800.


Tags: Nature Close Eye Field Depth Gull Wildlife and nature

Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here

This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2012 8:04AM
Great comp...
Very nice image...
Well done...


Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

Great composition. Very effective. (Almost like seeing the other cheek through a mirror? Smile)
salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2012 5:01PM
The near gull is very sharp and clear and is well complemented by his o.o.focus friend. They both look so serious and are obviously interested in something -you've caught the moment really well.
I would perhaps remove the white blob near the forehead of the distant bird (mod), but it is a great image.

CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2012 5:43PM
I like the comp Paul. Nice detail in the near bird. it could do with a wee bit of processing work perhaps. The back of the near bird is more in shadow which unfortunately coincides with the black post behind it. I have uploaded a mod where I have tried to balance out the exposure by dampening down the whites on the front just a little and lightening the back part of the bird. I used a curves adjustment - so it became a reverse s curve. I cloned out the blob Geoff mentions ( he has done the work in his mod too) plus I had a go at taking out the black post - not quite so successful - I'm sure you could do much better Smile

Best wishes

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2012 9:55PM
Thanks for mods - both good. That blob needs to go - really hadn't realised how noticeable it was. The cloning is not entirely successful as you say, Cath, but I think you are right - needs doing. Easier on the full size image.

I have noted comments occasionally that suggest pros need not use the critique gallery - I think everyone can learn because things change and this is a good testing grounds. I've been at this game 50 years as my info tells, and I'm still learning.

lfc1892 6 3
6 Feb 2012 10:58PM
I like it. Th composition is nice, but I like the light on the birds more than anything else. Would have gone for lower ISO for more quality as 1/800 is ample to drop down. Shame about the obtrusive background.

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.