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Hi,

I'm not much on post-processing, and that's obvious. I'm working on it with a few tutorials.

Anyway, I'm more concerned about lighting.

I would like feedback on this bird photo. I normally like flawed light and somewhat muted colors. But with birds, I want to be able to nail direct light shots, maype even move to a strobe in some situations.

Does this look too un-natural?

Critique and Comments Please by James, on Flickr

I'm practicing here, so no feelings to be hurt.

It looks good one day then too clinical the next, compared to what I normally go for.

I tried to get random feedback on Flickr but people don't seem to see it or just don't comment. Maybe it isn't a good platform for learning. It seems like there are cliques on there that just game the explore algorythm (or that's my imagination kicking in!




Oct 31, 2017 at 12:07 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · a bird shot in a harsh or clinical light


James, the DOF looks quite shallow, can you post the EXIF? The processing looks fine to me.

Regards.....Pete



Oct 31, 2017 at 12:54 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · a bird shot in a harsh or clinical light


This looks very good to my eyes, great feather detail and great isolation of the bird with pleasing background great pose and good perch. I think this is a nuthatch with a sunflower seed in it's mouth.,


Oct 31, 2017 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · a bird shot in a harsh or clinical light


Yes, here's the EXIF

Nikon D5
500.0 mm f/4.0
/4.0 500.0 mm 1/800 720


I had dropped way down to 1/800 because I was shooting birds that were in the shade. I normally don't go below 1/1000.

I used spot meter * (A somewhat new spot metering mode to preserve highlights.)

I know most bird shooters say to meter off white and leave it be, but I have started to trust the spot* setting.

Thanks




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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · a bird shot in a harsh or clinical light


I am not sure what you see as wrong with it
Fine capture/processing, described by Ben

Scott



Nov 01, 2017 at 11:37 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · a bird shot in a harsh or clinical light


Looks pretty good to me too! Might need a bit more DOF (eye vs beak) and the difference in lighting of the bird/tree throws me off some if I'm gonna get nitty about it. Could also use a touch of noise reduction.

I love these nuthatches - they are like little robots with their ultra-mechanical movements!

Jeff



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Nov 02, 2017 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · a bird shot in a harsh or clinical light


Jeff,

Thanks for the feedback.

Those are some things I can work through.






Nov 02, 2017 at 10:44 PM







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