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By yorki50
This was a grab shot , have managed to blur the background leaving the focus on the robin

Tags: Wildlife and nature


dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
16 Mar 2015 10:25PM
I really like the composition, with the robin surrounded on most sides by the background... I might have cropped a fraction tighter at the bottom.

The background's certainly out of focus, but most of the robin isn't terribly sharp. OK, it's a grab shot - but the lack of critical focus means that it isn't a competition contender, certainly. Normally, the standard is that the eye should be pin sharp.

I've done a mod to show a tighter crop, with some tonal darkening.

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yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
17 Mar 2015 6:43AM
thank you for your critique . I have to agree with you the more I look at this photo the more out of focus it seems
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2015 12:18PM
As John says the pose is delightful - so full of character. Looking at this carefully, the sharpest detail seems to be in the tail and the sprig of moss immediately to its right. I suspect that the softness is simply down to lack of precision in focusing.

Adding localised sharpening can help but it won't solve the problem. A bit of careful, discreet dodging and burning on the eye and beak could give a better illusion of sharpness though.

The balance with the twigs on the left of the frame could work if there were more of them, but isolated, unconnected bits of twig peering in through the side of the frame are a more distracting than framing in effect, I think. I certainly want to get rid of that longer diagonal bit.

A Levels tweak, moving the outer sliders inward a bit to darken shadows and lighten highlights, could also add life to this.

And then maybe a tighter crop...

OK, I'm off to try a modification of my own...
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2015 1:57PM
It's not really too bad. We see a lot worse. I assume autofocus and you have a sharp tail and less sharp head. Your focal point is too far forward and depth of field has not made up for it.

Difficult with grab sots, but you either need manual focus or use focus lock. Focus on the eye, keep the shutter button half depressed to lick the reading, recompose and complete shooting.

As with all such shots, it is the eye you must get sharp.

Niknut Plus
9 2.2k 78 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2015 7:35PM
Lovely shot, with a nice relaxed 'pose' !!!

Had a play with the shot in 'Perfect Effects 8' & managed to sharpen the little fella a bit more.....see my mod. !..Grin
yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
17 Mar 2015 9:02PM
thank you everyone for your comments , they have all been very helpful

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