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Grey Heron

By Spring2bok  
Grey Heron taken on the river Ant, Norfolk Broads.

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2014 10:29PM
Good Evening Anthony and welcome to the Critique Gallery. I note you have been around for some time but this appears to be your first venture into the CG.

You have a captivating image here. Plenty of detail and clearly taken as dusk began to fall.

There are a couple of things here that may help. Firstly the framing. Hard to comment when not there and able to see what was in front of the bird in terms of the landscape, however, with the Heron positioned side on to camera, and looking forward, it would be more desirable to have more space in front rather than behind the subject. The space behind becomes wasted. I will upload a mod ( a bit rough) but to show the effect of shifting the space in the image to to where the bird is looking.

The second point here is that the image is a little washed out and flat. Looking at the histogram the exposure graph looks fine however it needs a boost in contrast and colour saturation. I'll demonstrate that again in the mod. This is achieved using levels adjustment in PS and moving the shadow and highlight sliders in to meet the ends of the exposure curve. Then a hue/saturation adjustment with a small increase in the overall saturation to lift the colour.

I hope that helps and would love to know what you think.


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stuart1963 6 272 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2014 10:39PM
Pauls is better than mineSmileSmileSmileSmile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
28 Apr 2014 11:02PM
Hi Anthony.

One of the reasons for uploading to this gallery is to see if theres something you can do to get a better shot, or improve the shout you have uploaded.

Looking at your settings, (BTW you dont have a Canon lens, you have the Samsung NX 50-200m, f/4-f/5.6.), your lens was wide open at f/5.6, where its least sharp; your ISO is very high, at 3200; you shot in JPEG, which will apply quite a bit of softening to remove ISO noise, which will also reduce detail; and you are relying on the OIS system in the lens to support a slow shutter speed. Given all of this, the result is quite good.

Along with the post processing feedback from Paul, for future shots: Try shooting in RAW so you can choose the amount of noise reduction; if shooting JPEG, and the camera lets you select the amount, or aggressiveness of noise reduction, set it to low; and the obvious is to look for better light where you can use lower ISO.

If you feel adventurous, experiment with the Shutter priority and Aperture priority modes.


paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2014 12:33PM
A nice image and a very good try. For me, just a bit more density and that right hand crop. The bird needs to be on the right, looking left.

2 May 2014 2:25PM
Thankyou all for your response to my photo & the modifications, I will certainly take all the tips you have given me & remember them them for future phot's.
thanks again

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