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Dunnock or Hedge Sparrow, Prunella modularis

By PhotomanBryan      
Dunnock, Prunella modularis, or Hedge Sparrow. A Passerine but not actually a sparrow, but part of the accentor family that favour insects and small seeds. Devon UK

Tags: Passerine Dunnock Accentor Hedge sparrow Prunella modularis Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4177 Canada
19 Jan 2020 12:35PM
Its a good sharp well focused shot.


Overall somewhat underexposed as you're shooting into the sky, which pushes exposure down, so ideally using a +1 exposure compensation is a good idea. In Aperture priority, this would slow the shutter speed, and that's risky, so using the same setting with an ISO of 320 would do the same thing as +1.



Ive uploaded a +1 mod, and cropped a little space from the left.


Well done,



Regards



Willie
Thank you Willie for you advice, you've been most helpful
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1740 England
19 Jan 2020 2:06PM
Nothing to add - like most of yoru portfolio, highly competent wildlife work, about which I know very little!
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2168 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2020 6:44PM
Hello, Bryan, and welcome to EPZ's Critique Gallery. You arrived here because you checked the "Critique Wanted" option. I assume that was your intention.
This is where you forego votes and the chance of awards, in the hope of receiving more detailed and constructive commenting.

Apart from the obvious fussy background, this is a fine image of the bird, though a tad dark, which Willie has covered.

I have remedied this in my own modification, and have also cropped to place the bird's eye on a thirds line and also to leave more space in front of it than behind it.
You may appreciate that wildlife images that are put into competitions are usually not allowed alterations, but I couldn't resist tidying up the background of this oneSmile.

Pamela.
Thanks for your comments Pamela, always good to get different views on a photo.
My main object is usually to, not only get a good quality photo, but show the bird in it's natural surrounds. I try to avoid the "cardboard cutout" effect which can sometimes be obtained by too much post prod work.
Many thanks
Bryan
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
19 Jan 2020 10:07PM

Quote:Thanks for your comments Pamela, always good to get different views on a photo.
My main object is usually to, not only get a good quality photo, but show the bird in it's natural surrounds. I try to avoid the "cardboard cutout" effect which can sometimes be obtained by too much post prod work.
Many thanks, Bryan



Amen!
Hi Bryan. I thought to remove the almost horizontal branch that starts from the top left corner and the few little branches in front of this lovely bird. Actually I would crop horizontally from the top so that the branch in front of the bird ends up diagonally to the top right corner of the new frame. The branches at the background and in front of the bird create a "V" shape. The sky is open for the bird to fly, yet we admire it as it stopped to pose for you and us.
Thank you for sharing.

pablophotographer
chase Plus
15 1.9k 482 England
20 Jan 2020 5:43PM
Sharp in all the right places and a nice catchlight...so important.
Slightly under exposed which Willie has covered with a good mod.
You could try a simple set up in your garden with just a branch pushed into the ground that has a good bg close to any feeders you may have and that is accessible to you and your camera. The birds will use the branch as a waiting area to take their turn at the feeding station.

Get it right and you have a nice, clean, natural image with hardly any post processing to do
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2020 8:11PM
Nice image as is. The background is more than acceptable and depicts the birds preferred habitat perfectly. t is just under exposed, but not much and - sorry Willie - your brightened version is far to much. the colour has gone all wrong for a Dunnock.

I am often told, very strongly, by a close mate who lives and breaths birds, that there is no such thing as a Hedge sparrow/

paul
Hi Paul,
Thanks for your comments, seems our thoughts about natural habitat are about the same!
And your bird-breathing mate is right, the Dunnock is not a Sparrow, but an Accentor.
Bryan

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