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Old May 24, 2011, 6:52 PM   #1
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On arriving at the beach today I was over the moon to see a little bird perched on the rocks - so I got set up with the TCon as quietly as possible. Luckily he stayed put and then all of his mates starting popping up. I was really enjoying the practice (19 mins to be exact) when disaster struck ....... in the form of George The Dog. He went leaping on to the rocks in true hunting, fishing, shooting, useless dog style and off went my phtographic subject !!

Manual Mode + TCon. Please do give me your comments and criticisms (not sure on the sharpness). It all helps with the learning curve
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Old May 25, 2011, 3:21 AM   #2
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Great shots DyaneG, I love the # 3.
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Old May 25, 2011, 6:57 AM   #3
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You are getting the wildlife bug. Birds on the rockweed.

Try and increase the gamma slightly in a photo editor and see if their eyes come out a bit more.

That's were I started with shore birds.
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Very nice shots with the TCon.

I bet George had a great time.

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Good first attempt - I really struggle with birds. Only think i'd suggest is to try spot metering instead of the centre weighted average. The bright sea has made the birds really dark. A polarizing filter might help as well if you didn't use one. You can recover a lot of the shadow detail with PP though. These were with my AutoHDR (settings 75573).

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Old May 25, 2011, 9:29 AM   #6
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Hi Martin - I have been itching to get some "bird" shots in for ages, but nothing stays still long enough. Tanks for taking the time to help me out, and thanks for the advice - all noted. Yes, the background brightness was a prob as I was shooting into the sun. Love what you have done with some of the shots - makes such a difference. Thanks again D.

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Good first attempt - I really struggle with birds. Only think i'd suggest is to try spot metering instead of the centre weighted average. The bright sea has made the birds really dark. A polarizing filter might help as well if you didn't use one. You can recover a lot of the shadow detail with PP though. These were with my AutoHDR (settings 75573).

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Diane, really nice nature shots! Looks like you had the sun in the wrong place, though (that darn, inconsiderate sun!!) I was also going to suggest doing a bit of PP to lighten up. I use Photoshop Elements (under $100 in the US), and there is a "lighten shadows" command that, if used sparingly, can fix an otherwise great shot. I don't like to use too much PP, but sometimes it is worth the effort if the subject is really great, like in this case.

I think these are called Turnstone?
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Dont worry DyaneG, how say Saly, your great shots with a few of "lighten shadows" tool in PP result like this

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Old May 25, 2011, 4:50 PM   #9
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Thanks Everyone for the excellent advice and encouragement. I am useless in the pp department and even though I have Photoshop Elements I dont really use it as its all in French - and even though I speak French I find it way too confusing. Looks like I will have to book in for some software lessons.
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Very nice captures and Martin certainly brought out the detail by lightening the shaddows. Poor George, he probably thought he was helping
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