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Dancer

By Sylvia2210
I'm so pleased I had my camera on me today.... this Swan decided to dance for me as I Quickly got some pictures.. I had to use sports mode as I am still learning and couldn't have set the camera so quickly.. I would love some Critique on the editing of this one.. I really tried to lose the glare without effecting the picture too much! I hope its somewhat half way there

Tags: Swan Wildlife and nature

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ddolfelin Plus
7 103 3 Wales
13 Mar 2018 4:02PM
Looks very good to me.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
13 Mar 2018 4:42PM
Youve done very well under the circumstances. Quick thinking got you a decent shot here, and youve lowered the exposure in post processing to try to recover feather detail in the bright, whits of the swan. This is what you mean by glare in photographic terms!

You can do more in post processing, but theres a point at which it starts to look a bit fake. The mod is close to that point with the Swan, though you have more feather detail.

These are notoriously difficult yo shoot well. The camera, in this case is trying to average the brights and the darks and give you medium, wheres, ideally, you want to exposure only for the swan. You will have a better opportunity if you can fill the frame with a cooperative Swan!


Regards


Willie
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2018 5:27PM
Willie covers it. It's not bad at all, but you are a touch over exposed and that shows in the over bright feathers. You needed about one stop negative correction and try to use lower ISO if you can. Not easy in low light, but even with modern gear, quality drops the higher the ISO and contrast often goes up. Not ideal when the tonal range is wide as here.

Paul
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2018 9:13PM
The sports mode served you well, Sylvia.
Well done for capturing the action, the water movement and the reflection.
Also, your background isn't too fussy, but I find the twigs intruding into the left side of the frame distracting.

Swans are extremely photogenic, but also notoriously difficult to expose correctly.
Shooting a swan at mid-day is doubly dangerous because of the strong light, but it doesn't look too bright weatherwise here, so you managed to get at least some detail in the feathers.
Underexposing the swan can work to your advantage.
Or you might like to try bracketing, so that you stand a chance of getting one good shot.

I have done a modification. I straightened the image using the water-line, then cropped to square, removing quite a bit of the background, leaving more space in front of the swan than behind.
I mirrored the image so that the swan faces to the right (not necessary, but see what you think about the difference it makes).
I cloned out the intruding twigs, then set about reducing the whites on the swan and using Levels to darken the background.

Pamela.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
13 Mar 2018 10:34PM
Sports mode is a good choice as it's geared toward action, and this is what you have here. There are many similarities in technique (and equipment) between sports and wildlife action photography.
However, with any pre-programmed mode it may work well sometimes and not others as there are many other parameters that the camera is programmed to set automatically and that includes focus mode and drive mode. Take a look at the exif data for the image and use that as a guide in the future when you're more confident and take control over those settings yourself.

Paul's right about using a lower ISO but you couldn't use a lower one here safely, as at the lens's maximum aperture is only allowing 1/500 shutter speed and for a bird performing as in this shot you don't want to go lower. That said, if you want an impressionistic look with movement blur then 1/60 or 1/30 would be good speeds top experiment with.

You did well to capture the moment. The twigs intruding from the left are very distracting, so once you've got a shot or two of the action think about getting a cleaner and more pleasing composition - if there's time and the bird hasn't stopped or moved off, of course. Don't settle for the first few captures, if possible.
Sylvia2210 1 14
14 Mar 2018 6:36AM
Thank you very much, Iím loving the moderations, especially the mirror imaging... but for me itís baby steps at the moment .....I do take on board all of the critiques and jot them down as I go along, then refer back to them when I need to. I love this site, itís most helpful.
14 Mar 2018 2:03PM
Excellent image!
dudler Plus
16 952 1521 England
14 Mar 2018 6:27PM
Good to have your camera with you, always - and good to react fast enough to get the shot.

My thought for improvement is to dial in around a stop of negative compensation, because of the dark background. This would have made the exposure better, and also allowed the shutter speed to drift higher, or the aperture to stop down a little bit.

Keep shooting - it's fun!
Sylvia2210 1 14
14 Mar 2018 6:48PM
Thank you... I need to learn about this negative compensation! 😬
dudler Plus
16 952 1521 England
14 Mar 2018 8:10PM
Yes - exposure compensation is an incredibly powerful facility. There'll be a button on the camera, and hten the usual dial will allow you to increase or decrease exposure. Don't forget to reset to zero afterwards!
Sylvia2210 1 14
14 Mar 2018 8:24PM
Thank you! Iíll take a look

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