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Old Jun 26, 2010, 5:37 PM   #1
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Zoomed in with my Sony W350, cropped and enhanced (sharpened) with Gimp.
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 8:26 AM   #2
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Hi Riki

I think you've done quite a good job here. I think the composition (bird 'between' the flowers and leaves) works well.

I don't know how harshly you have cropped, or how much sharpening you applied. It could be you've done it optimally. It appears a bit fuzzy, but that could be a limit at how close you were to the bird.

Thanks for the photo. It's 'cute' in a good sense of the word.

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Old Jun 28, 2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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Hi Riki

I think you've done quite a good job here. I think the composition (bird 'between' the flowers and leaves) works well.

I don't know how harshly you have cropped, or how much sharpening you applied. It could be you've done it optimally. It appears a bit fuzzy, but that could be a limit at how close you were to the bird.

Thanks for the photo. It's 'cute' in a good sense of the word.

Paul
Appreciate your comments Paul. I did crop quite a bit hence the fuzziness. That day our friend was keeping its distance (it gets very close when we are weeding but camera not always at hand) Here is the full photo.
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 12:12 PM   #4
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I always find shooting birds to be frustrating. I can never get close enough to them to take a quality picture... And then i end up having to crop and sharpen and it never really looks good to me.

Here is what i did to your original, its a bit soft, i know... but in terms of the cropping i like it better. I usually leave which ever the animal is facing more space to that side when cropping, it looks more pleasing to me.
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I always find shooting birds to be frustrating. I can never get close enough to them to take a quality picture... And then i end up having to crop and sharpen and it never really looks good to me.

Here is what i did to your original, its a bit soft, i know... but in terms of the cropping i like it better. I usually leave which ever the animal is facing more space to that side when cropping, it looks more pleasing to me.
Thanks Eric! It is certainly an improvement. Much sharper. What sofware did you use?
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Got the chick! Took me quite a while, it wouldn't allow me to get close enough...off-centre...struggled...
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Nice find. However, it does appear that you have gone straight in to photograph the subject and have not decide on a more artistic approach. Maybe next time get lower down and use the rule of thirds.

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Nice find. However, it does appear that you have gone straight in to photograph the subject and have not decide on a more artistic approach. Maybe next time get lower down and use the rule of thirds.

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Thanks for coming in Phil. The difficulty in "catching" the dear little thing close enough did not allow me to think about anything else but to "shoot" precipitately hoping for the best. It was a split second decision after a long wait, hence the subject being at the bottom of the pic and poor result.
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