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By rjheat
Taken in Buxton Maine.... He sees the Camera Smile
Was looking for good focus ....he seems to be moving
all the time did not set still very long!!

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chase 12 1.1k 246 England
16 Mar 2013 8:41PM
A pretty bird captured in what looks like harsh lighting.
It's not the best type of composition to include the feeder as it detracts from the beauty of the subject ( most times).Try pushing a small piece of wood/a couple of sticks ( you could clamp or nail bits of twig to it ) into the ground close to your feeders,around about the same or similar height,then,as one bird is feeding the next will 'wait' on the stick & you can get a much cleaner shot of the whole bird waiting for his/her turn on the feeder.
As the light is coming from the left of the frame you have lost the all important catchlight in his eye & half the bird is in shadow & half is slightly over exposed.If you had a clearer shot then you could meter much better for the conditions.
As it is,it looks as though you have tried to lighten the head a bit which has produced some haloing around the top,again,if the feeder was not in the way this may not have happened.
You must have been fairly close to this little guy with a focal length of 250 mm...or,have you cropped the original ?
Try using a higher ISO which will give you a much faster shutter speed as I can see some movement,especially on the head/beak.
Your DOF looks ok so try & get a good even bg,perhaps alter your position to show the bird off better with little or minimal distractions.
Bird's feathers are so very reflective & harsh light really isn't the best for this type of subject,earlier in the day may have been a better choice with softer lighting or a slightly cloudy day which would diffuse some of the strength from the Sun.
When you compose your shot,try to give the bird some space infront of him,that way he has somewhere to 'look into'
There is some detail in the feathers but,as I said,a much faster shutter speed & good focus on the head/eye is the answer for bird photography.

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rjheat 7 United States
16 Mar 2013 9:46PM
Thank you for taken the time to look at the pic.....and thank you for the advice...have a great day!!Sad
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 7:42AM
A god try and well framed. You are using a very slow shutter speed and long lens. Tripod or not, you are likely to get some subject movement with a skittish bird. Up the ISO a bit to get a faster shutter speed, 400 is still good on a modern camera. The red of the feeder is a bit distacting, and a deep green feeder is better for photography, although the bird on a perch with no feeder in site is better still.

I have a tree branch fitted to a fence near my bird feeding station, a small one of course. I picture the birds as they sit on that waiting there turn. A bit less exposure would put some detail back in the chest feathers.

Trev_B 11 151 68 England
17 Mar 2013 11:41AM
Great Advice from Janet and Paul. If you look around the site at bird images you will see many images of birds sat on attractive perches, this is not down to luck but intention, they are set about a foot or two from the feeders and are changed at will to get new and differing images.

Try also to focus on the birds eye and set the camera shutter release to continuous and take half a dozen images, then if the bird moves you have a better chance of getting a decent image.


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