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Apr 23, 2017 19:41 |  #1

Hi here are some recent shots any advice is appreciated!


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Apr 23, 2017 20:28 |  #2

Wish #1 was a tiny bit sharper, but both look good to me.
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Apr 24, 2017 17:59 |  #3

Even though they tend to be uncooperative models, I think some degree of apparent engagement adds to our bird portraits. Even a few degrees of head angle toward the lens makes a significant difference in the appeal of a shot.


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Apr 24, 2017 19:20 |  #4

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I really like the overall mood and feel of this image, and it looks perfectly sharp to my eye on my monitor. I really like the image!

There are two things that concern me, from a compositional standpoint:

- The bird is looking right into the evergreen foliage. I mean, it is right there right in it's face. It would have been nice to have been able to wait for a moment in which the bird would have had some more negative space in front of him.

- Directly behind the bird's head is an area of brown in an otherwise green background. I realize this is probably a tree branch or trunk, but it still distracts my eye because the oh-so-beautiful green is interrupted with tones that are not so beautiful.

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As George said, a little bit of a head turn here - even just 10 degrees - would have made a positive difference. But it is really nice image, and I think that you rendered the background perfectly - I love the way that it is all blurred out, but yet there is variation in the blur, instead of just a single tone.

Perhaps it would have been nice to have the beach habitat in a little better focus, but then if you do that the background wouldn't have been so awesome. I think you pretty much did as well as one could with the opportunity.

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Apr 24, 2017 23:41 |  #5

Thanks everyone, It is so nice to have other people look at my work and see things I did not notice.




  
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May 03, 2017 23:53 |  #6

We are obviously looking at details here, they are good shots. I like the pose in #1 and the atmosphere. I agree with Tom on the other points.

#2 I think the white feathers on the breast are just a little too blown. I know it is realty tough and sometime you just have to deal with some blown highlights, but to me this is just a bit too much.


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May 04, 2017 22:05 |  #7

If you drop your shutter speed and iso you will get more feather detail, no need to shoot above 250 if subject is not moving


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May 04, 2017 22:27 |  #8

I have been trying bird shots for the past few weeks and have learned how difficult getting good bird shots is. I would be very very happy if I got bird shots like yours.




  
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May 04, 2017 23:37 |  #9

Sibil wrote in post #18346654 (external link)
I have been trying bird shots for the past few weeks and have learned how difficult getting good bird shots is. I would be very very happy if I got bird shots like yours.

I look at bird photos like flower photos. They are naturally pretty, so to get a 'good' shot, it has to be really good and as with good flower shots, it's not easy.

Actually, I can't think of a genre of photography where it is easy to get really good photos.

Or art.

Or much in life really.


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May 04, 2017 23:47 |  #10

I think they are very nice shots. The light is good, the backgrounds are fine, the specimens are interesting. I do agree with the other comments, but it is tough getting perfect bird pics, so usually we settle for great shots instead of perfect shots.


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May 05, 2017 00:06 |  #11

Archibald wrote in post #18346701 (external link)
. . . it is tough getting perfect bird pics, so usually we settle for great shots instead of perfect shots.

That is an excellent summation, Archie.

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May 07, 2017 16:02 |  #12

Overall, not bad at all. The shot of the warbler could be improved with light on the subject. Why shoot him in the rain? Also, focus seems to be on the limb at center frame rather than on the bird's eye.

The shorebird(?) photo isn't bad, but just doesn't have the wow factor. Patience for a better composition may have been the answer. Would have like to see at least one foot too. The slope of the hill (I presume) makes it look like the photo is tilted. Finally, slight blown highlights.


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