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By Wallybazoom    
I picked up a new lens (sigma 150-500mm) this week from my local London Camera Exchange. I have been looking for a lens i can use for some wildlife photography and eventually decided on this. This afternoon was the first chance i have had to get out and use it.

This is one of the photos from this afternoon - I was really pleased when this brightly coloured pheasant showed up.

Greatful for your comments (and any advice) as this is my first atemp with a telephoto/zoom lens.


Tags: Sigma General Pheasant Colourful 150-500mm Wildlife and nature

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19 Nov 2010 7:14PM
A axcellent capture

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bokeh 10 2 Romania
19 Nov 2010 9:50PM
excellent captured
rpba18205 8 1 4 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2010 11:28PM
Well the lens has certainly done itís job. Super colour & detail.
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
20 Nov 2010 11:19AM
A very pleasant pheasant. Smile

Just lacks a little sharpness.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2010 10:30PM
This is a nice shot ó it looks like the lens is a good 'un. A few small suggestions.

The composition is a caught between a close-up and a shot of the full bird. I think it would be better either to get in closer (or crop) to show just the upper body and head, or to zoom out a bit (dare to turn the zoom ring back from 500mm! Smile )and show the whole bird.

As Dave says, it is a slightly lacking in sharpness. Nothing that a little software sharpening can't fix, though. Always remember to sharpen a bit after resizing an image to upload here, because resizing removes the pixel-level detail that makes images look sharp. It doesn't need a lot: unsharp mask with radius 0.8 and strength 50 does the trick for this image; others might need different settings.

Finally, your white balance is a little off. The white 'collar' on his neck has turned rather bluish; again, this is easily corrected in software. The most likely cause is that auto white balance has seen the brown bird and autumnal background and interpreted the scene as being very warmly lit. It's then attempted to correct for that by adding lots of blue to cool the shot down; except it wasn't warm light but warm colours under neutral light.

I've posted a mod that's cropped, sharpened and has the white balance adjusted.
25 Nov 2010 11:29PM
Thanks for the votes and comments and thanks to DRicherby for the great advice and mod!
I will have a go at recreating what you have done in the mod version. I much prefer the crop you have chosen, and the white balance and sharpening have really helped. I did play around with sharpening before I uploaded but was having a bit of trouble with noise (although this mainly effected the back ground).

Many thanks

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