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Apr 01, 2013 00:04 |  #1

I was shooting some geese and managed to get this shot, but I'm unsure about composition and exposure. I like it but I feel like it's missing something to make it a really good photograph. Any suggestions?

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Apr 01, 2013 10:33 |  #2

Your missing something interesting. A goose head isn't interesting. Its a great photo, focus point is spot on etc, might be slightly dark.


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Apr 01, 2013 10:50 |  #3

lol...I read your thread title and chuckled. I can hear this goose say, "hey, ya hoser"

The "Canada Goose" is interesting to me...but you are right about this photo missing "something"

Perhaps removing the shadows and changing the hue in the background to give a little contrast to the goose.

Looks pretty good, though.




  
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Apr 01, 2013 14:30 |  #4

You are right! You are missing something. But I don't know what... By the way... what lensse did you use?


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Apr 01, 2013 14:43 |  #5

Needs a hat

...or a cigar

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Apr 01, 2013 16:50 |  #6

lundgrenj wrote in post #15778637 (external link)
Your missing something interesting. A goose head isn't interesting. Its a great photo, focus point is spot on etc, might be slightly dark.

That was exactly my thought... I like the focus is good but it was just kinda bleh...

sophies-mom wrote in post #15778682 (external link)
=sophie's-mom;15778682]lol...I read your thread title and chuckled. I can hear this goose say, "hey, ya hoser"

The "Canada Goose" is interesting to me...but you are right about this photo missing "something"

Perhaps removing the shadows and changing the hue in the background to give a little contrast to the goose.

Looks pretty good, though.

Thanks for the tip, I'll try that and see how it looks :)

Sweetamber wrote in post #15779398 (external link)
You are right! You are missing something. But I don't know what... By the way... what lensse did you use?

I was using a EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM. I was about two feet away from the goose haha

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Needs a hat

...or a cigar

;)

Lol, that would totally make the picture!


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Apr 01, 2013 18:35 |  #7

sophies-mom wrote in post #15778682 (external link)
=sophie's-mom;15778682]lol...I read your thread title and chuckled. I can hear this goose say, "hey, ya hoser"

I believe that the OP's identification as a "Canadian Goose" is correct. If you look closely at the reflection in the eye you will see that this goose is standing in line at a Tim Horton's.


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Apr 01, 2013 19:32 |  #8

magoosmc wrote in post #15780379 (external link)
I believe that the OP's identification as a "Canadian Goose" is correct. If you look closely at the reflection in the eye you will see that this goose is standing in line at a Tim Horton's.

VERY NICE! :D

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Apr 01, 2013 22:44 |  #9

sophies-mom wrote in post #15778682 (external link)
=sophie's-mom;15778682]lol...I read your thread title and chuckled. I can hear this goose say, "hey, ya hoser"

bw!For referencing Strange Brew.


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Apr 02, 2013 01:09 |  #10

The eye and the light in the eye are terrific!
Perhaps this is a little too contrasty. The whites on the neck are blown out. Black and white birds are notoriously difficult to photograph because if you expose for one tone you loose detail in the other. The best solution seems to be to photograph these birds in overcast conditions, and/or when the sun is low in the sky. You could also do with a bit more depth of field.
Also, if you use photoshop, the shadow/highlight control feature is very good for shots like this.


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Apr 03, 2013 00:09 |  #11

callumbrae wrote in post #15781486 (external link)
The eye and the light in the eye are terrific!
Perhaps this is a little too contrasty. The whites on the neck are blown out. Black and white birds are notoriously difficult to photograph because if you expose for one tone you loose detail in the other. The best solution seems to be to photograph these birds in overcast conditions, and/or when the sun is low in the sky. You could also do with a bit more depth of field.
Also, if you use photoshop, the shadow/highlight control feature is very good for shots like this.

Thanks! I noticed the neck was blown out... when I started shooting it was nice and overcast, but the sun came out about 30 minutes later and I wasn't done shooting so I just kept going. Thanks for your suggestions though. I do use photoshop so I'll see if I can work the shadows and highlights.


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Apr 03, 2013 06:01 |  #12

Shadow and highlight control is not with the usual adjustment layers, but entered through Image-Adjustments. You need to create a new layer to make the adjustment in case you change your mind later and then you can delete it without losing any work you have done earlier.


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Apr 03, 2013 14:02 |  #13

magoosmc wrote in post #15780379 (external link)
I believe that the OP's identification as a "Canadian Goose" is correct. If you look closely at the reflection in the eye you will see that this goose is standing in line at a Tim Horton's.

I just about spat water over the monitor!

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