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Graylag Goose

By yorki50
Shot on a very dull day on a dark canal. I think that the pic is reasonably sharp. Adjusted the levels in Photoshop , what do you think

Tags: Wildlife and nature


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 9:50AM
Hi again, the picture is quite sharp, and I like the fact that you have allowed space for the duck to swim into. But it is very considerably tilted. Something to remember - a reflection always drops straight down from its subject, whatever angle it is viewed from. That is obviously not happening here, so the effect is to show the duck swimming uphill!

It's a pity because as well as the image being well focused, the reflections are gorgeous. a rippling green abstract.

I wonder if this is cropped down from a larger file, which would give the opportunity of rotating before cropping? It's a good idea to allow a bit of extra space in the frame, to accommodate any straightening that is needed. But using a fixed focal length you couldn't zoom out, to give more space. In any case I shall upload a modification in a few minutes to show the reflections at a realistic angle.

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yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
18 Mar 2015 10:50AM
Thanks for the Critique Moira . I take your point about the sloping . I did straighten it but not enough . a problem that I have rectified on my pc
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
18 Mar 2015 1:04PM
I dont know if you were panning, - moving the camera with the focus on the goose, or you just shot it straight.

Apart from the tilt (the neck above has to be in line with the neck below), the shutter speed could be faster. Although its reasonably sharp, having the shutter at 1/300th would have rendered a much sharper image, albeit at the expense of a higher ISO.

The mod Ive uploaded is brighter, and has sharpening applied, and a warmer white balance.


yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
18 Mar 2015 9:17PM
Thanks Willie for your critique it was most helpful
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2015 5:24PM
That ain't no duck, it's a goose! Splitting hairs of course. A perfectly good natural history record from which I could immediately identify a Greylag. It does give that umpepression of paddling uphill.


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