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    Default Newbie seek advice on animal shot



    1. In which area is critique or feedback to be given?
    Composition, exposure, sharpness, colours, and other possible area

    2. What were you hoping to achieve with this image?
    great and unique composition with a sharp colour.

    3. Under what circumstance was the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    the bird is not moving. actually it is a tame one.

    4. Thread-starter's personal thoughts about the image.
    I don't think it is sharp enough.

    Shot taken by Sony a290+18-55mm KIT

    Thank you in advance for your critique and comments it means alot for my improvement.

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    interesting subject.

    if u treat this like portrait photography, the primary rule is capture focus using the eyes.
    also if u can get the bird to look towards you will b better.

    depth of field.

    bokeh. tree branches better to be faded to reduce distraction.

    subject looks like 2D (ie flat)

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    Too overprocessed for me.
    Practice the rule of thirds, don't break the rules until you know what you are doing.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Look like your hand is shaking when you depress the shutter button.

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    Default Re: Newbie seek advice on animal shot

    Picture overexposed and OOF. Perhaps shooting from other perspective will be better and suggest not to make the bird so big, as it looks pretty scary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitsucolt View Post
    interesting subject.

    if u treat this like portrait photography, the primary rule is capture focus using the eyes.
    also if u can get the bird to look towards you will b better.

    depth of field.

    bokeh. tree branches better to be faded to reduce distraction.

    subject looks like 2D (ie flat)
    thanks for the inputs.
    yes, i just realize that the branch should be in bokeh. should use bigger aperture.
    one question that come out in my mind, how to make the subject looks more live not looks like 2D.


    Quote Originally Posted by ismokeweed79 View Post
    Too overprocessed for me.
    Practice the rule of thirds, don't break the rules until you know what you are doing.

    Just my 2 cents.
    Thanks. I will practice and apply the rules of third.
    and for the post-processed, in this photo, I try to sharpen the image and color by using vibrance...


    Quote Originally Posted by rainxp View Post
    Look like your hand is shaking when you depress the shutter button.
    I cannot remember about it. But I will take note on it. Thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by kwttan View Post
    Picture overexposed and OOF. Perhaps shooting from other perspective will be better and suggest not to make the bird so big, as it looks pretty scary.
    ok, thanks for the input.
    Last edited by raggi; 16th January 2011 at 08:50 PM.

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    i am also learning. so i cannot criticize too much.

    i believe you r using around f/11? try switching down to around f8.

    because the main body of the bird is in dark shades, and the skies are also not helpful to render some gloss over the bird, what you have is a matt finish which may be improved by using a flash (not too harsh) which should give the body and the beak some tone and different shades to render that 3D effect. you can also consider using silver/ gold reflectors as light bounce to create desired effect. silve and gold gives cold and warm effect respectively.

    but keep playing around with various shots.

    you may need to zoom out to capture it's feet or even tail. to keep with same level so that it doesn't appear to be too tall/ large like a vulture.

    since you say it is tame, try reaching out to it by saying "sayang" and see if it will response cordially. parrots usually does that and they r full of expression, anger, shy, happy, agitated, etc.

    most pets should response to a few syllabus.
    Last edited by mitsucolt; 17th January 2011 at 06:55 PM.

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    Very overprocessed. Also, you shot at ISO800. Why? The bird is tame, you don't need such high shutter speed.

    Is this a crop or the full shot?

    Also, remember that something cannot be "in bokeh". If anything, you might want to use a different lens to achieve more background blur and subject isolation.
    Last edited by Rashkae; 17th January 2011 at 05:22 PM.
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    Default Re: Newbie seek advice on animal shot

    1. In which area is critique or feedback to be given?
    Composition, exposure, sharpness, colours, and other possible area

    Sharpness definitely out. Angle too steep.

    2. What were you hoping to achieve with this image?
    great and unique composition with a sharp colour.

    Move to find a better angle with cleaner background if possible. Use Tripod to steady you setup.

    3. Under what circumstance was the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    the bird is not moving. actually it is a tame one.

    Since its a tame bird, you should have all the time needed to find a better angle.

    4. Thread-starter's personal thoughts about the image.
    I don't think it is sharp enough.

    Ya. a lot of camera shake

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    The picture looks quite blurry to me, and I agree it looks too close, give it some distance especially if it's not going to fly away soon. Interesting looking bird though.
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