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Old Dec 9, 2006, 11:17 PM   #1
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All taken with my wonderful K100D using a Sigma 70-300mm APO DG lens, all shots are hand held with 'Shake Reduction' on.

Some small enhancements made in Photoshop Elements 3 and resized, 'saved as' instead of 'for web' to save Exif Data.



Pacific-black Ducks ( Anas superciliosa )



Buterfly



Dusky-moorehen ( Gallinula tenebrosa )



Willie Wagtail ( Rhipidura leucophrys )



Straw-necked Ibis ( Threskiornis spinicollis )



Part of the water system in Oxley Creek Common


I hope to go back to Oxley Creek Common soon, as I haven't explored it all yet. There is still the Secret Forest to see and a estimated thirty more bird species to photograph. I am wishing for a monopod the Manfrotto MF334B Auto for Christmas, so I should be able to manage my focus and shake problems a lot better.

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The second to last photo has a pic of a bird with a very interesting irradescent color to it's wings. Nice!
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Old Dec 10, 2006, 9:59 AM   #3
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Ouch, this MUST be some resaving error- such a messy (and I'd say ugly) bokeh has not been seen for a while :-( Images #2, 3 and 5 are awful regarding OOF area! Maybe You did something VERY wrong in PP or downsizing for web publishing? I am so upset because I have never seen such bokeh from this lens (OK can duplicate it with Picasa2 dumb 1-click sharpening sometimes...)

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Not sure if this is problems with the post-processing. My Sigma 70-300mm non-APO sometimes gives that sort of background. Could just be the lens.




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Old Dec 10, 2006, 12:15 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear about such behaviour- but I can not believe that the # of diafragm blades is different with non-APO- there must be some publishing error as I have got superb bokeh/OOF behaviour with NON-APO Sigma 70-300 one :-) So IMO there is a catch... or a very bad copy of that lens :-(

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Rodney, I can't put my finger on it but there seems to be an over-processed look to some of the images, backgrounds show some strange features that look like artifacts from sharpening or compression, and some of the colours (especially the greens) have an over saturated look. These are well composed images they just do not seem to have transferred to the web well. The monopod will help with the sharpness of the images but there is still something that needs to be done differently so that the true beauty of your images will shine through.

If you list your camera settings and post processign steps here you will get a response on how to fix this problem.

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Thank-you everyone for your criticisms, I am a newbie to dslr and only a amateur photographer with little knowledge on settings etc.
So thanks for helping me learn a little more on this wonderful subject.

Here is the original of photo No. 3 and 5, all I have done is resized them.
I took all the shots on 'Auto Pict', the info from Photoshop Elements 3 shows the same for both -
Exposure Program : Landscape mode (for landscape photos with...)
F-Stop :f/8.0
ISO : Speed Readings 200
Focal Length : 300.0mm
Flash: Did not fire
Metering mode: Pattern
I then adjusted the shadow/higlights and the sharpness but only with small adjustments. Then cropped, resized and saved.

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