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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:07 pm 
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Great photo! 8)
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If I could have a small reflector next to the bird reflecting some light back onto it, it would have been perfect... :doh:

And the bird would move, so you'd need to turn the reflector, and miss the shot.... ;)
In this case, grey(ish) weather, you might think of using flash? That puts the twinkle in the eye, and lightens up your wave. Even the build-in flash of most cameras will do just that bit.
You don't need a full flash, just a fill in one, say -2 stops...

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Yip, I have a SB900 and a SB600, but was actually going for a silhouette type shot, when the wave came, the bird turned and flapped it's wings after it got a lekker fright! :lol:

B5S, nice shot! Also would have included the jaw + more space to the right for him to "walk into". His eye is smack bam in the middle now, so would've cropped it to put the eye more to the top left corner. DOF very good! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Switchback, great shot.
I agree with the others, I think the only thing I can see detracting from the photo is the light, but there wasn't too much you could do about that unfortunately.

Maybe next time I'll offer to hold the reflector, as long as it isn't under a lion ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Sorry to harp on it: are we promoting one thread per photo for criticism? Lets set an example to be followed :P

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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How about this one?

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Two quick comments.

Subject too central.
Dust bunny (dirt on sensor) above the bird close to the top edge.

Sorry for sounding harsh, but those are basics in the digital and wet film world.


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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Sprocky wrote:
Sorry for sounding harsh, but those are basics in the digital and wet film world.


Best way to improve :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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for the dust you can spot it out with photoshop lightroom etc or im not sure if the nikon has dust mapping capability or cleaning, maybe a nikon user can help :hmz:

Nice pic :clap: but like sprocky said a bit too central if you put the bird closer to the left looking out would make a huge difference

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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B5S, I also have a D80 and have got dust on the sensor. It's a problem that's difficult to avoid (esp in dusty conditions) when you are changing lenses. You can take it to Nikon headoffice in Midrand. They clean it for you then and there, with no charge.

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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can I play...I just love criticism :lol: ...this was taken in Golden Gate and I was intrigued by the skull effect in the rock. The camera was a Nikon D40x, my BIL's camera and I really had no idea how to use it. Does the vegetation in the foreground take away from the overall mountains in the background?

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Hi Lockie,

Only once you mentioned the skull effect did I notice it. You could've placed more emphasis on it by composing differently - maybe more sky, less foreground and not the little piece of "koppie" on the right corner.

You caught the light very good though and a good colour balance. Porbably used a larger F number as most is in well focus - can't really create a nice effect using a shallow DOF with sky behind your object :)

All in all, I'd just recompose.

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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I was miffed SB that I cut off the top of the mountain...interesting about the Koppie...but thought it wasn't a gate without the other side :lol:
amateurs :roll:
and f stops???it was set on auto :redface: Only camera I ever used before was of the cardboard kind :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Lockie wrote:
...interesting about the Koppie...but thought it wasn't a gate without the other side :lol:


:thumbs_up: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Would appreciate some views on this pic of mine :D
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 Post subject: Re: Photos for Criticism
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Amputation is a no no in nature shots.(Back legs and bottom of front legs)
Distracting branch in foreground.
Wasted space to the left and top of subject.
Do you want more? :whistle:



GREAT SHOT, :thumbs_up: I only gave the above to convince myself that it is not a good shot because I never took it. :twisted:


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