Scrumhalf wrote in post #17291367
Your first photo has at least 3 problems. First of all, you are shooting at F/10. That is totally unnecessary and is exacerbating your problems. You should have shot it at at least a couple of stops faster. Second, and this is directly related to your first problem, your shooting at F/10 caused so little light to come in that your shutter speed was only 1/25. With a crop camera and shooting at 55mm, I would try for a shutter speed of 1/75 or 1/100 sec. At 1/25, your hands may not have been steady enough to not induce shake and blur.
Finally, your photo looks overexposed and washed out. I would recommend that you turn on the blinky highlights in your review and learn to read the histograms to show you where you may be overexposing. I see that you are using Lightroom already, so if you expose to the right and watch out for blown highlights, you can pull back the highlights in lightroom very easily to possibly recover the feather detail in the bird.
But I suspect you need to take a step back as others have pointed out and read Understanding Exposure. Don't take it personally - photography is a technical undertaking and you need to understand the science behind it to be effective at it.
If the weather is dark and gloomy, then a documentary picture like this one should show the viewer that —inform him of the actual conditions under which it was taken: i.e. it should be a dark and gloomy photograph!! It shouldn't look like it was taken in sunshine (which is what the camera will try to do if you keep using the semi-auto modes). Camera should be set to Manual, aperture to f/4 to f/5.6, meter off a neutral tone in the scene using Spot metering and adjust the Shutter Speed accordingly, then re-frame and fire.