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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nature shots


Any thoughts on these photos?




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Apr 06, 2014 at 04:30 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nature shots


I'm not much on birding images - Scott and others can offer more focused commentary.

I like #2 as is, for #1 maybe position subject to right of center allowing flight into the frame. Also maybe blur reeds ever so slightly to help focus subject.

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bob



Apr 06, 2014 at 05:48 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nature shots


We have some awfully good bird shooters here on FM and I won't say that these two shots compete in that league, but I don't think they're bad at all.

On #1, I would echo Bob a bit and suggest the following:
- assuming you have the pixels for the size of image you have in mind, I would crop out the tree on the left and the most of the blue sky on the right and put the bird in the upper-right rule of thirds spot.
- warm the image slightly.
- blur the background a bit to hide the bokeh artifacts.
- do a little highlight recovery on the back wing. It's not technically blown as-is but I would darken it slightly to make the detail a little more visible.
- sharpen the bird as much as I could without creating artifacts and halos.
- add a very subtle dark vignette.

On #2 (which is my favorite, by the way), I just suggest backing off on the sharpening of the reeds a little bit (as-is, you're driving the sharpening halos to almost pure black and white). Beyond that, it would be just playing around with different curves, saturation levels, and vignettes until I found the version I liked best. I think it would make a great living room print pretty much as-is.



Apr 06, 2014 at 07:48 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nature shots


Number two is very nice - the contrast in colors and textures between bird and reeds is eye-catching.


Apr 06, 2014 at 07:56 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nature shots


Good feedback above.
Nice job catching the egret in flight. These are not easy shots and the bright whites make a challenge on exposure. As Dennis pointed out, you have technically preserved the highlights but more detail should be extracted over the wings in general, and specifically over the brightest areas.
I selectively recovered highlights, reduced exposure over the brightest areas. Did some bump of sharpness and clarity over the darker wings for more feather detail. Some global subtle changes in vibrance, curves (contrast) and highlight recovery, cropped, subtle vignette.

The reworked version is perhaps a bit oversharpened and better results working on a larger file or RAW version, but here are some applied ideas.

Scott







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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nature shots


Second feels a bit lost to me in the expanse, but I do like the environmental aspect. Wish you had a bit more on the left. I would work on more highlight recovery and tighten the existing version a bit, maybe losing 20-25% from the right.
These are nice comps, BTW.
Scott



Apr 07, 2014 at 01:29 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nature shots


Thanks all!! Very helpful comments - I really appreciate them!

I tried to take all of the comments into account with the below. On image #1, I think they were a huge improvement! On image #2, I think that I like the original better. I like the contrast between the small, smooth, white, curvy bird and the huge, straight, disorganized, yellow reeds. I think that when you crop it and recover the highlights on the bird, you lose some of the contrast somehow. But I'm not sure.




  NIKON D7000    70.0-200.0 mm f/4.0 lens    280mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    360 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  NIKON D7000    70.0-200.0 mm f/4.0 lens    100mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    140 ISO    -1.7 EV  




Apr 09, 2014 at 12:37 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nature shots


Make the bird a larger portion of the image. More bird. Less context.


Apr 09, 2014 at 01:54 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nature shots


AuntiPode wrote:
Make the bird a larger portion of the image. More bird. Less context.



I agree, tighter is better.



Apr 09, 2014 at 12:58 PM





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