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Old Jan 30, 2011, 10:40 AM   #11
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All great shots StefanS. Have you not got a picture processing program on your computer, this would allow you too turn all your images...
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Old Jan 30, 2011, 10:51 AM   #12
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All great shots StefanS. Have you not got a picture processing program on your computer, this would allow you too turn all your images...
Thanks a lot Geoff.

I have GIMP and Darktable on my PC, but the picture of the gray heron appears in the right orientation, but not after upload to the forum.

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Old Jan 30, 2011, 11:07 AM   #13
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Hi Katsie,

As I am a newbie in digital photography I need a lot of training and good tips. In summer I will spend three week hiking in the austrian alps, then I must be good enough to make good photos there from the mountains, flowers, capricorns, deers, chamoises ... It was around -4 C here, just a little bit colder as in CA ;-)
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I too am a relative newcomer to 'dslr-dom,' altho have had pretty good luck w/my Canon p&s. Just got a T1i/500D a couple days ago ... LOVE IT! ... Lots to learn, yes? (You might check out my album of former pix.) I hope to upload some photos from the T1i today or tomorrow.

Wow ... 3 wks in the Alps ... what a great treat! I'm jealous ... (o:

The long-tailed tit is so cute ... what lens are you using to get so close?

Re: temp ... not as warm today and perhaps a little rain, but am not complaining compared to -4 C! (o: Do you have pix of the area where you live? Are you close to the Alps?
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I love to see pictures from other countries.

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Old Jan 30, 2011, 11:23 AM   #15
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Mallard drakes are soooo photogenic with that lovely green head & yellow beak. Nice & sharp there - you even got the drops of water on his back.
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Hi Kapital,

yes, I also love it to see pictures and to get in contact with peaople from other countries.

Greetings,

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Hi Stefan,

I too am a relative newcomer to 'dslr-dom,' altho have had pretty good luck w/my Canon p&s. Just got a T1i/500D a couple days ago ... LOVE IT! ... Lots to learn, yes? (You might check out my album of former pix.) I hope to upload some photos from the T1i today or tomorrow.

Wow ... 3 wks in the Alps ... what a great treat! I'm jealous ... (o:

The long-tailed tit is so cute ... what lens are you using to get so close?

Re: temp ... not as warm today and perhaps a little rain, but am not complaining compared to -4 C! (o: Do you have pix of the area where you live? Are you close to the Alps?
Hi Katsi,

all pictures were shot with a Panasonic Lumix FZ40/45, which is a superzoom bridge camera. The long-tailed tit was shot with 600 mm focal length.

I am living and working in Marburg, which is around 600 km from the alps. I will try to make some pix from the area here for you.

Where can I find your album?

Weather: today +2 C, forecast for the night: -6 to -12 C!

Best regards,

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Stefan-

Today's photos that you posted offer a chance to talk about the use of spot focusing/spot metering. In your #1 photo of the wren on a branch. Your camera metered its exposure on the background, which is brighter than the wren bird.

The result was that the wren bird is underexposed considerably. Yes, it a solution possible, but not perfect, using photo editing software. It would have been better to have actually metered on the bird.

I did a quick bit of work with Photoshop Elements 8.0 on the wren photo, and this is the result.

The #2 photo from today has just the opposite problem. The bird is overexposed. Again, spot metering, spot focus would have helped that photo as well. All in all these are good shots, they just need a little different technique.

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Hi Sarah Joyce,

thanks a lot for this comment.

I just checked the settings of my FZ40/45 and oops it was accidently set to multi metering instead center metering. In most cases I use the center metering setting. Such a shame :-( but I am happpy, that you identified the problem with my today pictures.

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Stefan-

Today's photos that you posted offer a chance to talk about the use of spot focusing/spot metering. In your #1 photo of the wren on a branch. Your camera metered its exposure on the background, which is brighter than the wren bird.

The result was that the wren bird is underexposed considerably. Yes, it a solution possible, but not perfect, using photo editing software. It would have been better to have actually metered on the bird.

I did a quick bit of work with Photoshop Elements 8.0 on the wren photo, and this is the result.

The #2 photo from today has just the opposite problem. The bird is overexposed. Again, spot metering, spot focus would have helped that photo as well. All in all these are good shots, they just need a little different technique.

Sarah Joyce
Sara Joyce,

I did a little bit PP with Darktable and this is the result.
I think it is much better, what is your opinion?

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