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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2550 on: September 08, 2013, 05:17:44 PM »
Gila Woodpecker in our back yard.  5Diii, 400DO + 1.4 extender, ISO 640, f6.3 @ 1/1000


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« Reply #2551 on: September 08, 2013, 05:21:39 PM »
Very nice shot Steven. Well done.

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« Reply #2552 on: September 08, 2013, 06:51:03 PM »
I love real light [sunshine], but if your bird is in the shadow of a tree, you can use the fill flash to help you a little.
That's my thinking and preference. The area I was photographing the robin is a heavily shaded, tall treed environment. In a few months, the bushes close to the ground (prickly current bush) will be laden with berries and these little birds will be in that light, which is more even and better balanced. So, in this case, I'll just go with natural light.

As the robins were around 3-4m above me, the back-lit sky was causing havoc with the metering. As it was, I had the camera over expose by 2/3 stop, and the fill flash run 1/3 stop under, so it didn't "look" like a flash image. Well, that was my logic of the camera set up.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2553 on: September 08, 2013, 08:10:07 PM »
After not shooting birds for almost half a year I'm glad to be back to shooting em.


Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis) by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis) is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Nightjar

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Diliman
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2554 on: September 08, 2013, 11:19:19 PM »
I like all the bird postings.  Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others.  Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing.  Why?  The framing, the sky background, the colors involved?  What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?

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« Reply #2555 on: September 08, 2013, 11:45:14 PM »
I like all the bird postings.  Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others.  Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing.  Why?  The framing, the sky background, the colors involved?  What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?

Jack
Not sure about "well received", but I like a sharp picture. The eye needs to be sharp. And then there is the rule of thirds. The foreground or background should not intrude on the bird.

Now I am going to contradict myself - but in some situations motion blur adds to the picture. :)

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« Reply #2556 on: September 09, 2013, 01:44:15 AM »
Very nice shot Steven. Well done.
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« Reply #2557 on: September 09, 2013, 06:38:18 AM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2558 on: September 09, 2013, 07:53:28 AM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2559 on: September 09, 2013, 08:20:06 AM »
I like all the bird postings.  Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others.  Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing.  Why?  The framing, the sky background, the colors involved?  What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?

Jack
I'm more on the super sharp (around the eyes and face) type image. However, like rpt, I'll contradict myself by saying that BIF pics I prefer with a bit of blur. A well panned image, body and head sharp, but blur in the wings adds a sense of movement, which is fitting.
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« Reply #2560 on: September 09, 2013, 09:18:13 AM »
Very nice shot metalshredder.

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« Reply #2561 on: September 09, 2013, 01:34:13 PM »
Thanks for the various comments guys. 

I'm here sharing shots of birds because i like to contribute positively to anything that is elevating the appreciation folks have for nature.  But, more selfishly, I'm looking for feedback from those with more experience and/or a keener sense of quality.  In other words I prefer a critique rather than praise, in case anyone has feared saying something critical.

I was rather disappointed this morning with the slim pickings but a couple opportunities presented themselves.

Is the robin ruined by the lighting?

Should the flicker be cropped more tightly and vertically?

Any other advice?

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« Reply #2562 on: September 10, 2013, 04:35:10 PM »
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« Reply #2563 on: September 10, 2013, 05:05:03 PM »
Mallard  under cloudy sky 7D + 400 mm 1/200 f6,3 ISO 800


Very nice, Click. They are so colorful...looks like he is posing for you. :)
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« Reply #2564 on: September 10, 2013, 05:06:55 PM »
Thanks for the various comments guys. 

I'm here sharing shots of birds because i like to contribute positively to anything that is elevating the appreciation folks have for nature.  But, more selfishly, I'm looking for feedback from those with more experience and/or a keener sense of quality.  In other words I prefer a critique rather than praise, in case anyone has feared saying something critical.

I was rather disappointed this morning with the slim pickings but a couple opportunities presented themselves.

Is the robin ruined by the lighting?

Should the flicker be cropped more tightly and vertically?

Any other advice?

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Hey Jack,

Really like shot #2. Beautiful just the way it is, imo.
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