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Trumpeter Swan

By Relic01  
This is a sculpture at the Midland Town Dock.
Manual-1/400s, f9.0, ISO 200, 0.0 ev. Mod 1 is SOOC

Tags: General Landscape and travel



pablophotographer 11 2.1k 440
28 Aug 2015 9:22AM
I saw the original file and the crop. Crop works well for me. My only slight complaint would be the edge of the wing missing on the top of the frame, it is a matter of composition, I would have gave up space from underneath the swan, the mast supporting it could be shorter, so as the space is ''gained'' for the top part of the frame.
The sky is dull so if the sculpture is near your place you can visit it again when there are just a few fluffy clouds to shoot them behind the bird as a more interesting background.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4345 Canada
28 Aug 2015 3:53PM
At this stage Mike, you should remember what you should do when you point the camera up into the sky.

Thats overexpose by +1.

Using a mode other than manual, liks Aperture priority would make this easier to do, as you would use the Exposure Control and apply +1.

The mod has exactly +1 applied, and I have added space above the Swan so it looks less cramped. Its also sharpened. The head is a lot less sharp that the rest of the bird, - and again that in the left side of the camera lens/sensor, so much more sharpening needed to be applied there than the rest. Its similar to other images in that respect.


paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2015 4:07PM
Not a bad effort. The head is slightly soft, but there is much less of a focus issue. The sky makes this very grey and flatand, as Willie explains, you are under exposed.

A you learn more, you will find this an ideal image to replace the sky with something more dramatic. I have a stock file and shoot good skies when I see them, then save them for later.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
28 Aug 2015 4:40PM
Willie- message received re: exposure comp. I am going to use Ap priority only for a while. I have since set ISO at 400. Focus point was center of swan.
Paul- I have seen images where what you suggest has been done and they look great-I have no idea how to do that though, I have reviewed my images and it always seems to be the left side that has focus or sharpness issues.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
28 Aug 2015 9:28PM
A strong silhouette though i agree about the need for a better backdrop. A pity about that clipped wing,

Just for something different, I took your image as a starting point, Went to Image > Adjustments > Threshold in Photoshop adn adjusted the slider to get pure balck and white. Cloned a little out that was left at the bottom corner. Then added another Layer, filled with a colour and set the blending mode to Multiply.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
28 Aug 2015 9:55PM
dark_lord-the mod looks fantastic. The process you described is way beyond both my abilities and photoscape (that I'm aware of).
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1996 England
29 Aug 2015 2:32PM
Aperture priority is a good idea, but it will only work really well if you apply plus and minus compensation for light and dark subjects, respectively.

Camera meters, in any mode, try to take the average to a mid-grey tone. This is great for average subjects, but if you want things darker or lighter, you need to alter the settings. Plus/minus compensation in auto modes, and deliberately over or underexposing compared with meter indications in manual.

An exercise. Find a subject that is dark, against a light background, and try aperture priority with no compensation, and also with plus and minus one stop changes.

Then do the same with a light subject against a dark background.

Try this, and repeat it with different subjects over a few days. I hope the experience and the feedback that it gives you will help nail the concepts...
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
29 Aug 2015 2:57PM
I appreciate that but was just showing a possibility, and others may find it useful.

As you increase in knowledge and skill and software you can revisit your older images. Something like skies and silhouettes are often good. This is a bold image so lends itself to manipulation. Modifications not to everyone's taste perhaps.
Relic01 11 8 Canada
29 Aug 2015 3:13PM
Thanks everyone.
John-I will do the exercise when time permits.
I feel like progress has slowed but that is due to a lack of time to dedicate.

I have looked at most of everyones photo's and admire your skills, could not think of a better group to get advice from.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2015 6:00PM
Ifyou are seeing focus issue always on the left side then therear two possibilities, no, three.

The lens has always had some inbuilt misalignment that, beause of us, is coming to light.

The camer has had a knock, moving a lens element out of line.

Knock again, moving sensor out of line.

If any of these are correct, and you can simple test it by shooting a page of newspaper to fill the frame and parallel to the sensor, then it is, I fear, terminal.

Repair costs tend to be ore than a new amera.


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