Chickadee Tightrope

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  1. Coldow91

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    Straight from camera, 55-200mmVR

    just starting taking bird shots

    let me know what you think

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    I like it but it lacks brightness in the face, I can only just make that the bird is looking towards the camera and its not the back of its head I'm looking at
     
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    The focusing is kind of soft, and I guess the ISO was pretty high. Other than that looks nice:)
     
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    Not bad for just getting started. Carolina Chickadees are notoriously difficult to photograph. First, because they are small & quick, and hardly ever sit in one place for more than half a second....And second, because the black eyes are set in black feathers.

    You need to brighten your exposure a bit, almost to the point of over-exposing the belly in order to bring out the detail in the face. And, as with most wildlife....especially birds, always remember the catchlight in the eye(s).



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    I would be inclined to crop the pic quite severely.
     
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    If you're talking about mine, I agree. I did for my album, but for this, I just pulled it out of the file and resized it real quick as an example.
     
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    Just a bit of PP in CaptureNX... cleaned up the bird a bit, lightened the face and neck with a control point, cleaned out the noise painting with blur, and popped up the brightness and saturation of the green a bit... and a touch of sharpening... total time on task 4 minutes.

    I think it helps a bit... although I am editing an extremely small JPEG so the quality deteriorates rapidly due to the file limitations. It is amazing what just the smallest smudge of PP can do to an image.

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    Thanks it looks great. I just don't have any pp software on the comp I am using now.

    Thanks for the comments
     
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    I was responding to the OP but the same comment held for yours as well.

    If you check my post today about Photobucket being slow you will also see a pic of a Chickadee I took today.
     

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