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Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

By Ray42
Many thanks for critique and vlicks on the reed bunting very much appreciated.
These shots again were taken at Dungeness RSPB and I found these very difficult to photograph so some assistance required here with taking shots with yellow.
Good critique always welcome and please view large if you have time
I have included a series which may help.
V1 settings were : ISO = 125
Speed = 1/500 sec
Aperture Priority

Please note I shall be ducking and diving about until next Monday so please accept my apologies in advance if no replies

Tags: Wagtail Small bird Yellow wagtail Wildlife and nature Motacilla flava

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harrattp 14 11 4 England
13 Apr 2010 8:24AM
Looks OK to me. A tad bright but that is just an adjustment issue on exposure compensation. Two lovely shots all the same.

franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 8:25AM
They are all interesting. I like the pose in ver 3.

harrattp 14 11 4 England
13 Apr 2010 8:26AM
Clearly I got in there a bit too early as more shots have appeared.
13 Apr 2010 8:45AM
Lovely shots this wasnt up when I looked earlier well done,gray.Lost the vote box on screen
Silverzone 13 2 England
13 Apr 2010 8:47AM
I like v7, and 8 as they seem to have better definition. Sylvia
Techno 12 6.1k 8 England
13 Apr 2010 8:49AM
Never seen one of these in the wild quite spectacular, six cracking variants, well done Ray.
13 Apr 2010 9:11AM
Nice set of shots. Difficult exposure with the light probably changing as you followed the bird. It might be worth while trying bracketing your shots to get the exposure you like. Nice set of images though.
saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
13 Apr 2010 9:12AM
What a wonderful set of images, all very beautiful indeed .V1,V3 and V6 are my favs.
metro074 11 8 Australia
13 Apr 2010 9:50AM
There is a lot of work gone into these images and they are all superb and beautifuly presented. Very well done
Ray42 13 3 England
13 Apr 2010 10:04AM
Very little PS work done on these other than a quick conversion from RAW and a crop in some cases (some were uncropped)
redshank 12 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 10:12AM
Lovely set of images of this wonderful bird.
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 11:04AM
A really well captured set of this little bird, of which I have never seen before, so even more interesting! V3 and V7 perfection.... but how can you chose when such a detailed selection?
well done!
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
13 Apr 2010 11:28AM
Particularly like V3 with that lovely pose, but a nice set. We get these little fellows around here in summer. Always on the go and bobbing up and down as well, so can imagine the challenge of capturing their image! The yellow looks fine to me by the way.

SteveMoulding 12 3 7 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 12:45PM
A lovely set of captures. Colour is superb. I have never seen one and green with envy. Stunning addition to your p/f.
13 Apr 2010 1:17PM
Excellent set Ray...
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
13 Apr 2010 3:06PM
Fantastic set Ray.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 3:34PM
What a great session you had with this handsome beastie - I hope you paid your model well. Lovely series.
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
13 Apr 2010 3:36PM
Ray firstly i am no bird expert, but as you are kind enough to comment on my pics, i'll leave my thoughts for what they are worth. i think you have good colour and feather detail in v7 & 8, but my fav pose is v1 as the tail is clearer of the debris, wonder as its a RAW file whether you can achieve the same exposure in v1 as v7. for me v3, 4, 5 lack feather detail and colour. a pretty bird, and some good captures, i've not seen one so would be pleased with these.lesley
13 Apr 2010 4:20PM
great set lovely colours and detail like the frameing on v7 spot on
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 5:35PM
V4 shows a definite yellowy look about the whole picture but the rest seem ok I read you had help with the yellow so understand your predicament - you could select the body of the bird and if you have PS you could go adjust then colour adjust (I think it is) then move the slider toward the yellow until your happy. Easy when you know how but a very good set
arhb 14 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 6:25PM
Great set of images Ray, I have yet to even see one of these yellow wagtails, so great to see some in a variety of poses.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
13 Apr 2010 8:23PM
Cant say that I have ever seen one of these in the wild Ray so this is a fantastic shot for me to see. Very well done indeed. V1 one is the shot for me. Fabulous colour and detail.
Davesumner 14 28 300 Australia
14 Apr 2010 8:50AM
Hi Ray,

I see from your portfolio you like to shoot wildlife and probably like me all that is around is chiefly birds. This yellow wagtail is quite a colourful bird for the UK and I can see the attraction in shooting it.

I like the number 7 image best and for me the only one that I would use had I been printing the shot. I like the background, it works well with the colour of the bird but still allows it to stand out. It's a shame you couldn't get this guy on a branch with that background so you could have thrown all of it out of focus.

I think i'd probably have a go at removing some of those dead leaves or twigs or whatever they are in the bottom left. The new Adobe Photoshop CS5 would help you here with its new itelligent cloning tool.

Great shot and keep it up.

rogerfry 15 543 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2010 3:05PM
Apart from v4 being rather yellow, the rest look pretty good, with v1 and v7 probably the best.

sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2010 5:32PM
brilliant set
imagio 14 12 1 England
14 Apr 2010 5:56PM
They are all well presented and sharp Ray

FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
14 Apr 2010 6:27PM
A great set here Ray and would love one in my PF, I notice there are issues re the yellow but for me this is always going to vary somewhat depending on the available light. Just Google this bird and you will see lots of different shades of yellow so I would say the shots are not unusual in any way, only my humble opinion though Wink
Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2010 6:38PM
Great set of shots Ray,love 3&5.
14 Apr 2010 7:37PM
A lovely set of images of this bright lively looking bird. gill
vandalp 13
14 Apr 2010 9:39PM
Great captures Ray, I have not seen this Beautiful little bird yet.
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 4:45AM
I love the pose in v4 but v8 seems the sharpest. Great series ray.

Rock 19 10 2 England
15 Apr 2010 8:49AM
Wonderfull work !

PeterBee 15 35 5 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 10:03AM
Hi Ray, A good set of images although for me, one or two lack critical sharpness. V1 & V7, probably do it for me. Although V8 is good too, apart from that dead branch. You have lovely catch lights in the eyes in most of them and the images show the bird well in its natural environment. Yellow can sometimes be a difficult colour in digital images - might be worth trying selecting the bird and de-saturating it ever so slightly.

SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 3:26PM
A fine set Ray. I haven't ben able to get a decent bird capture yet. All very clear and sharp. The background in V4 seems a little bright on my monitor and V8 is just excellent.
brownbear 12 2 England
15 Apr 2010 6:37PM
Lovely set of pictures, if pushed I would choose 1&8, colour will vary according to light, angle etc. So who decides which is 'correct' yellow? Super shots of a rare bird.
15 Apr 2010 9:13PM
Superb images.
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
18 Apr 2010 1:01AM
8 superb images,lovely work.

Jat_Riski 13 89 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2010 9:16AM
Fantastic set.
PaulLiley 12 2 13 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2010 11:44AM
Great set of images. like 8 too for the darker detail on the wings. Paul
Dave87 14 42 5 England
8 May 2010 8:15PM
I can think of a hundred easier ways to capture a good picture - other than trying to photograph these small birds flying around in the wild. A difficult subject well handled.


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