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Old 25-01-2010, 22:57   #1001
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Perhaps someone could critique these please. See where I could improve. These are the JPEGs straight out of the camera (I have the RAWs too). They haven't been cropped. All taken today in my back garden on a tripod using my D50 and Nikon 70-300 4-5.5G (which we've established before is not a great lens). Was hoping for better considering how close I was TBH.


I'm new to Elements, having fun playing, so excuse my amateurish efforts: I took one of the shots from its RAW format, took it into elements, sharpened and cropped it in RAW converter. Here are the results:



Aperture F9
ISO400
Speed 1/320th
Length 300mm

Clearly not a FozzyBear effort, but feeling happier about it now
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Old 26-01-2010, 07:20   #1002
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Great Tits are a bird that for some reason I've not been able to get a really satisfactory close photo of actually! This looks pretty respectable to me, especially as you've had to crop quite a lot. The focus is pretty good - the catchlight in the eye shows that.

I've got some shots of them I'm reasonably happy with (I have a shot of one singing that I like) but the ones I've taken closer haven't really been that good for one reason or another so might have to make Great Tits a mission!

This one I was pleased with, but it didn't stand a closer crop (although the framing would have been awful if I went tighter than this anyway!):

The versatile singer

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Old 26-01-2010, 09:44   #1003
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really like shots like that much better than close ups imo.
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Cheers! I do like environmental shots too, they can make better photographs sometimes but being a birdwatcher I enjoy getting a really good view so close-ups are something I do like.
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Old 27-01-2010, 15:45   #1005
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Another ratty shot from Warley Place last week:

Ratty

and a Carrion Crow seen on my walk this morning:

Confiding Crow

Was blooming cold out on the floodmeadow this morning, not 'seriously' cold but the wind really sucked the warmth out of you and I was finding it hard to hold the camera still or concentrate on what I was doing - my hands and feet were like blocks of ice!

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Some shots from my trip to Walton-on-the-Naze (on the east Essex coast), a good spot for small waders it seems! I saw two species I'd not seen before and the beach at the Naze was great for close views and photography, especially as the sun came out just when I needed it. I didn't want to clog up the Perp. thread with pics of birds, I know a lot of people find close shots like this dull as dishwater, but still wanted to share them.

Ringed Plover
Morsel hunter

Purple Sandpiper
Purple profile

Sanderlings feeding on the foreshore
Wave feeders

Dunlin feeding
Dunlin

Turnstone
Turnstone

Sanderling having a paddle
Picking through the rocks
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Old 30-01-2010, 09:13   #1007
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I know a lot of people find close shots like this dull as dishwater, but still wanted to share them.
Not me

Nice shots as usual. Especially like the one of the sanderling, his plummage looks lovely and soft!
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Thanks Arthur... I'm sure you know what I mean though, close bird shots usually don't get a lot of interest on the perp. thread and these types of shot 'are' more about being interested in the subject than 'making an image' really, which is more than fair enough. I tend to post bird pics more on the birdforum.net forum I frequent rather than here now, I think these shots are of more interest to birders than photographers really.

The Sanderlings are gorgeous little birds aren't they, I was really pleased to see so many there especially as I'd not seen them before. I did post another closer shot of one in the perp. thread:

http://www.thedvdforums.com/forums/s...postcount=1655

I managed to get to something like 20-25ft of them by kneeling on the beach a little way ahead of where they were moving along the shoreline and letting them come to me. The Turnstones were amazingly bold and came really very close, although not quite as close as I've seen them to people on telly. I did get within 10 feet of one near the pier though.

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Got two more, Herring Gulls on the seawall near Walton Pier:

Second Winter juvenile Herring Gull
Second Winter Herring Gull

Adult Herring Gull
Adult Herring Gull

A little noisy, they were shot at ISO1600 and the juvenile was a bit dark so had to lighten it and that emphasized the noise. Not bad for a pretty high ISO though!
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While walking roudn the Oparara basin and standing admiring the Mirror Tarn I almost trod on a NZ Robin, who then posed for us for quite some time, I only had the 17-55 with me but these taken at close to MFD..



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Is that a growth of some kind on it's bill?
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Thought it had a snail in its beak.
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Poor little fella

Nice to see others are getting out though! I've not used the camera really since xmas! Have a week in Texel, an island in Holland, coming up from the 20-27th Feb. A full week long holiday just for wildlife photography, should be great although very busy with more than just straight out photography on the cards (several equipment reviews/videos to do as well).

Hoping I will have something to contribute to this thread again soon!!!
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Morning Robin

Haven't used the camera for a while, but getting a few visitors to the garden including this chap.
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Hey all, gonna keep it short and sweet in case net case net connection drops...I'm on Texel, Holland for my week of photography. Will be updating via Twitter and Facebook when I can but here is a brief summary of the week that I typed up quickly before I lost connection again...!

First image, taken in very damp, dreary, icy, foggy cold weather with next to no contrast using D300 with 600mm and 1.4x TC



Hope you are all having fun out with the cameras

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Old 23-02-2010, 15:25   #1018
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My trip to the Highlands Wildlife Park a few weekends ago:

Mercedes the polar bear
Mercedes the Polar Bear

Dodgy looking pair of Snow Monkeys
Dodgy looking pair of Snow Monkeys

Running Amur Tiger
Running Amur Tiger

Amur Tiger
Hello

Eye of the Tiger
Eye of the Tiger (Amur)

Red Panda
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I love that otter picture!
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