Discussion in 'Nature & Wildlife' started by Miaow, May 9, 2008.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in the front yard today
nice portraits but a bit soft.
Thanks for the comment - I'd done no PP to them at all (well apart from adding a border)- I've now sharpened them up a bit and have reloaded them
It looks like #3 is the only one that has sharp detail around the eyes and beak so that one is my fav! :sillysmi:
Miaow, you are so lucky to have these guys for neighbors. I just love 'em. I live with a hand raised (not wild caught) Goffins (just turned 14) and always wanted to visit a land where her cousins fly free.
This series, though a little soft, seems to show a certain sweetness of nature of these birds(although I'm quite aware that bird dynamics, especially Cockatoos, reveal them to be brutal, at times).
I noticed that your ISO was 200, probably resulting in a pretty slow shutter speed for birds...at least in my 10-minute-old-experience. Really, take my advice with a grain of salt because I just started working with a 80-400mm lens and have found that it's not possible for me to shoot small birds sharply without the higher ISOs (enabling a much faster shutter speed). Of course then you dance with the resulting noise...but there is a fine line that we can straddle and some processes we can employ which can yield a really fine image. The best case scenario for me is to try to get the aperture down to f/8 with a shutter speed of at least 1/400 (when I can get 1/1000 I know I'm home free)...but again, this is advice from someone who doesn't know much. But please keep showing these fellas. Oh and let me see their whole selves . Don't you have the Rosies out your way? Oooo, I'd love to see them too.
Bottom line: I love the series...keep it up.
Thanks for the comments Dioboleque and One Sister
I'll try out the higher ISO/faster speed next time they come into the yard.
One Sister, we do get Rosellas, Lorikeets and Galahs also - We've just put a seed dish out the front yard to try and get more parrots into the yard - Hopefully I can get a few pics of those ones when they decide to come and visit
I like the shot as well, think a different background might help with the detail you are losing in the beak as well.
Whooo hooo! I'll be looking for your posts of these fellas.
One Sister, I'm really hoping this seed dish works to get them to come down. There was a galah yesterday but I would have had to walk right next to where the cockies were to get a clear shot (fence in the way) so didnt want to scare them away at the time.
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