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Sep 30, 2011 16:54 |  #1

I just got a brand new Canon EOS Rebel T3. My first day out playing with it. Here goes nothing:

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I am a serious noob, but I saw some wildlife and figured "why not!" Cheers.

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Sep 30, 2011 23:27 |  #2

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i just moved some levels around on this one, they could use some basic editing, but i like them. (im biased, im a big fan of photographing birds)

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Oct 01, 2011 10:54 |  #3

Welcome and a nice start. Did you by any chance shoot these in jpg?? If so, try RAW - you'll get even more from your files.

I like your green heron shot the best....now if only that pop can wasn't there. Grrrr.

Nice start - hope to see more from you.

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Oct 01, 2011 22:07 as a reply to  @ Bigsquashbuggy's post |  #4

I sooooo want to see a green heron. Around here Great Blue Herons are a dime a dozen but I've yet to see a green. I like your photos even with the coke can :)




  
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Oct 02, 2011 01:11 |  #5

Thanks for the input! I haven't been able to play around with the pictures on the computer too much, but I had fun taking them!

The Green Heron (I wasn't sure exactly what it was at the time... thanks!) was just hanging out waiting for his picture to be taken. I thought it looked goofy with the can in the picture, but then again, I guess litter is everywhere. ::annoying!::


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Oct 02, 2011 05:20 |  #6

I agree ... nice start, also agree on shooting in raw, if you aren't already. A couple of the birds are a little hot. Suggest checking the histogram after a few shots. Still a better start than some of mine!


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Oct 02, 2011 20:39 |  #7

bhowdy wrote in post #13193960 (external link)
I agree ... nice start, also agree on shooting in raw, if you aren't already. A couple of the birds are a little hot. Suggest checking the histogram after a few shots. Still a better start than some of mine!

I'm still learning... help me out a little with the lingo... what exactly do you mean by "hot"?

I am going to look into shooting RAW.


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Oct 03, 2011 22:46 |  #8

Bulldog87 wrote in post #13196563 (external link)
I'm still learning... help me out a little with the lingo... what exactly do you mean by "hot"?

I am going to look into shooting RAW.


a little over exposed. your white herons right side has no detail...


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Oct 04, 2011 04:55 |  #9

When photographing birds, especially in bright harsh light it is better to under expose them just a little dark. That way you can bring the image back in post processing (raw) If an image is over exposed you will likely never get it back in post. As I like to say .... Not much more difficult to photograph than a white bird on a bright sunny day. (Polar bears on the snow comes to mind as more challenging)

As I mentioned .... Program you camera so that the photo histogram appears in the lcd window after each shot .... then learn to read the histogram, it's a powerful tool that many photographers do not use. Also review the exif data of your favorite (and least favorite) images when you are at home and reviewing them on your computer.

Here's an example of a recent Green Heron image that I took. Keep in mind that it has problems as well (the perfect image is something that we all strive for) Like the long grass running thru the birds head! Ha

Exif data for this image:
Exposure: 1/250
Focal Length: 280mm
Aperture: f/5.6
iso: 500
mode: manual

I want to say again that your images are well done for a start and better than some that I remember posting on some forums, when I started.

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Oct 06, 2011 22:15 |  #10

fromthelbc wrote in post #13201929 (external link)
a little over exposed. your white herons right side has no detail...

Thanks for the feedback!

bhowdy wrote in post #13202684 (external link)
When photographing birds, especially in bright harsh light it is better to under expose them just a little dark. That way you can bring the image back in post processing (raw) If an image is over exposed you will likely never get it back in post. As I like to say .... Not much more difficult to photograph than a white bird on a bright sunny day. (Polar bears on the snow comes to mind as more challenging)

As I mentioned .... Program you camera so that the photo histogram appears in the lcd window after each shot .... then learn to read the histogram, it's a powerful tool that many photographers do not use. Also review the exif data of your favorite (and least favorite) images when you are at home and reviewing them on your computer.

Here's an example of a recent Green Heron image that I took. Keep in mind that it has problems as well (the perfect image is something that we all strive for) Like the long grass running thru the birds head! Ha

Exif data for this image:
Exposure: 1/250
Focal Length: 280mm
Aperture: f/5.6
iso: 500
mode: manual

I want to say again that your images are well done for a start and better than some that I remember posting on some forums, when I started.

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Thanks for the information! I'm really enjoying this new hobby! And that picture is great! After all this talk about shooting in RAW, I'm going to have to find something interesting to take pics of soon!


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Oct 07, 2011 14:10 |  #11

People, before editing and reposting someone's images, please check first if TS has the IMAGE EDITING OK turned on (in the avatar). In this case he hasn't so it would've been more correct to ask first.

Congrats on the new gear, Bulldog. And a nice beginning indeed.


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Oct 07, 2011 18:44 |  #12

Very nice for a first post. Heck, nice images regardless of the experience in POTN.


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Oct 07, 2011 20:15 |  #13

Nice start, my only critique is the duck pictures should have come first. :p


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Oct 08, 2011 07:27 |  #14

Welcome and Congrats on you new camera and hope you continue to enjoy your new hobby. Learning never ends here and you will continue to raise the bar for years to come!

Nice start on your images and I can;t say enough about the people here. They are fantastic and will make your education path more enjoyable and faster than on your own!

Look forward to seeing round 2!


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Oct 08, 2011 07:50 |  #15

Welcome to the forum, lets see some more, I like the Herons best.


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