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#1 Roderick

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 11:09 AM

Only 15 ? I make much more.  Often in the same picture. :huh:


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 05:14 PM

Thanks for posting the link Rod, I suspect I have made all of those and more. On that front I grabbed a pic without too much thought put into it while I was trying to capture another bird that was way too far away to the extent that the focus point square in the viewfinder took in the whole bird, so just swung the camera and grabbed this just because they were there..... Wish I had taken more time about it as it was not until I pulled it up on my laptop that I thought it would have been quite a reasonable pic, given my usual attempts at bird photography.... Yeah I know they ain`t exactly eagles...but..!! (-:

 

So I wonder which one setting might have given the biggest improvement....hmm.?

 

f8  1/80th  ISO 160 tripod mounted Tamron 150-600 @ 600mm

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 07:10 AM

To me, that's a very nice photo.  I have a soft spot for wood pidgeons.

It might need a little sharpening or clarity adjustment but the composition is dead nice.

I like the whitethorn (?) perch they're sitting on.

You could try playing with the green channel saturation and luminance sliders.

1/80th at 600mm ? Even on a tripod that's not too shabby.



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Posted 30 April 2017 - 08:11 AM

Good advice in the video and worth the time to watch. Background is one of the hardest for me. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to get the subject against a pleasing background but the more images I look at the more I realize that background is as important as the subject and it is often what separates okay from wow or amateur looking from professional quality.
Geedee - great shot. Agree with Rod that some simple adjustments in post would make your image even better.

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 05:11 PM

I really like the composition Gedee, and I have never seen that bird before. It sounds like it was a long shot, and it looks like those birds have very fine feathers in areas; super-sharp detail looks like it would be tough to accomplish without hard light or closer proximity. I haven't had much success at 1/80, and I think the wind could cause a bit of motion blur there; so maybe I'd up the shutter speed. I like the image though - really nice composition and three birds.


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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:48 AM

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts guys, much appreciated.

 

Rod, not a clue as to the name of the bush they were sitting on, the pic is a crop of more than half way into the original, and yeah I need to get more into PP processes... just that it is hard enough to try to improve my in-camera skills given all the options it provides by way of digital settings for so very much more than the basics of speed, aperture and focus...any of the three of which I can still get one or more wrong...!!

 

John, could not agree more the background can make or brake the image, who was it said that variety is the spice of life I think that works for backgrounds too..? It was a lucky capture I would have been proud of myself if I had set it up, though at the time I fired the shutter in frustration at not getting the image I really wanted of a buzzard sitting on a post that was too far off even at 600mm...

 

Jonny, you were right, it was windy thus there was possible movement even with my cheaper tripod in use at the time, and I suspect right again when suggesting I should have upped the shutter speed, and to H*ll with trying to prioritise minimums in ISO... As I typed it was a kinda consolation grab pic, that deserved more attention, which I did not realise till I beamed it up on my lap top....Duh !

 

As you seem interested in the pigeons Jonny I will attach another couple of failed images (missed focus?) that I took some time back, hopefully showing a bit more detail... Yeah my bird photography has not improved much in all that time...!!!

 

Well this topic is about failure and I can keep that going for quite some time...any cc welcomed as ever.. 

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 03:22 AM

Thanks Gedee; those are nice!  The soft belly feathers are buggers, for me, to show detail on.  It's always nice to see new species of birds.  These are the only Pigeons I am used to seeing..  Though they're common, I do like the variety of colors across the species.  Those Wood Pigeons look very interesting..I hope to see more of those!

 

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 05:49 AM

The great thing about pigeons is that they can allow you to get up close and thus practise bird photography skills a bit like seagulls too, though unusually the wood pigeons are very shy of man, perhaps that they often ended up on the table may play a part in their behaviour..? The woodies nest close by so have plenty of opportunity to improve my bird photography skills at any time. Seems you were able to frame your pigeon up close to provide plenty of detail, I have little to no bird ID skills though think our more common city pigeons look similar to the pic you posted. You set a nice scene with your pigeon pic Jonny, thanks for posting.



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 11:40 AM

So its now officially a pidgeon thread. ;)

1/1600th, f6.3, ISO 450, 600mm.

Pidgeons are a complete pain but...

 



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 11:58 AM

Great detail Rod and more so than I might expect at 450 ISO, modern camera`s are amazing..



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 01:00 PM

So its now officially a pidgeon thread. ;)

1/1600th, f6.3, ISO 450, 600mm.

Pidgeons are a complete pain but...

 

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:57 PM

Tack sharp! Great colors. Nice bokeh, surprising (to me) given that f-stop!

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 04:29 PM

Hi Mark.

Yeah, a telephoto will give you bokeh if you're closer to the subject than the subject is to the background (if that makes sense).






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