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Old Mar 2, 2010, 11:45 AM   #1
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While in Florida and inspired by all great bird shots on this site I tried a few yesterday. Any feedback is appreciated as I need all the help I can get. Still making the shift from P&S’s and trying to remember my old 35mm film days
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Are you brightening these shots using an editor?

I couldn't help but notice that you're using a -1.3 EV setting with Exposure Compensation with relatively high noise levels in the posted photos.

If you brighten photos with software later, you'll have higher noise levels, just as if you used a higher ISO speed to begin with. Underexposing an image and pushing it later can also impact Dynamic Range.

You may want to consider using a wider aperture setting, as I noticed those were at f/11 and ISO 800, since that would allow faster shutter speeds without needing to set ISO speed as high and/or push the exposure by brightening it later using software.
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Are you brightening these shots using an editor?

I couldn't help but notice that you're using a -1.3 EV setting with Exposure Compensation with relatively high noise levels in the posted photos.

If you brighten photos with software later, you'll have higher noise levels, just as if you used a higher ISO speed to begin with. Underexposing an image and pushing it later can also impact Dynamic Range.

You may want to consider using a wider aperture setting, as I noticed those were at f/11 and ISO 800, since that would allow faster shutter speeds without needing to set ISO speed as high and/or push the exposure by brightening it later using software.
Dang! I just surprised myself because I actually understood what you said here, Jim. A year ago I would have been scratching my head going, "Huh?". AND, I just had another learning moment. See? You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 1:26 PM   #4
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Love the composition of these shots! Beautiful!! Backgrounds look really cool, too.

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Old Mar 2, 2010, 2:13 PM   #5
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Well, as you know I live in Florida so, I see a lot of the Little Blue Herons in the first 2 shots. However, I haven't been able to get any "in flight" shots that are this well focused. Don't know if its me or the lens but, my guess is its me. The only criticism I have is the noise factor. I try to shoot no higher than ISO 400 and prefer 100-200. That may be one of the reasons my photos are blurry. Anyway, I like your photos and the composition is nice in spite of the noise. You really nailed the exposure in Snowy Egret shot, I usually blow out the highlights on most of my white bird shots.
Hope you had a good time while visiting our fine state.
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 6:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the suggestions, the -1.3 EV was my attempt to keep from blowing the highlights on white birds after reading GW’s past posts, figures I would run across a blue heron first. I will still be in GW’s fair state chasing white birds for the rest of March, plenty of time to try try again,

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Hey Hans,
Glad to here you're still in the area for a while. Hopefully the weather will get decent before you have to leave. Normally we have pretty nice weather this time of year.
I wish you the best of luck in capturing a lot more of our wild life!
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 9:08 PM   #8
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Thanks GW we are in Port Charlotte and yes it could have been a little warmer. I do intend to look for more wild life before I return to Michigan.
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Great captures of the BIF's! Especially like the compostion and mood of #1. You might try some selective noise removal on the background, so as not to lose too much detail in the bird itself.
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