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Old Mar 24, 2011, 3:29 PM   #1
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Default Female chaffinch what did I wrong?

Shot from today.

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Aperture priority, f5.2, 1/160, AWB, ISO 80, 14M, Metering Mode Spot, AF-Mode 1 Area, handheld.

#1: ooc, resized

#2 cropped, slightly sharpened

What did I wrong and how could I improve such pix?

Any suggestions are welcome.


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Old Mar 24, 2011, 3:35 PM   #2
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just going to have to get closer so you dont have to crop so much to get a filled frame.
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 5:33 PM   #3
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It also looks like you shot this towards the end of the day when the sun was starting to set? Brighter sun would help a LOT.
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 6:33 PM   #4
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Eye contact is important. I shoot primarily wildlife and the term we use for this is a "butt shot" because the subject is looking/facing away from you, even if by a little bit. It is easier to get personally involved in the image if you can connect with the subject. The warm light is nice btw.
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Stefan I think you got some good advice from the above posts. I think you are just asking the camera to do more than it can. I could post a lot of my shots that turn out much worse than this. You need to get as close as you can and you need good light. You also need to watch how that light is hitting your subject; you need to light up the angle of you shot.

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