What do you guys think?

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  1. ljf

    ljf TPF Noob!

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    What should I be working on?
    iso 100, f-stop 5.6, shutter 1/500

    Thanks

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  2. Dan28607

    Dan28607 TPF Noob!

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    I like the shot! Maybe its a little over exposed? You could play with it in p.s. some and really make it "pop". Its a cool shot!
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I agree, it looks just a little overexposed...the white areas are starting to loose detail. A little bit of tweaking could bring up the contrast and give it some 'pop'.

    I like that the bird is sharp, that's important. Also, the background is perfect, just enough to give some sense of place...but not distracting.

    I think the composition is a little too centred. You could probably crop in closer on one of the sides, and it might help.

    Overall, it's a great first post, we look forward to seeing more.
     
  4. rmh159

    rmh159 TPF Noob!

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    Yeah I agree with Mike... I think if you cropped out some of the space to the right of the bird it would help improve the composition. I think the rule with any type of portrait (people or animals) is to leave about 2/3 of the frame in front of the face so it looks like the subject is leading into something. If you only left 1/3 it would seem claustrophobic. That's an awesome shot though. The only other suggestion I could make is to try to get the shot during the early morning or late afternoon to get a colorful sky in the background but really... that's a very minor suggestion. Overall the pic is awesome.
     
  5. ljf

    ljf TPF Noob!

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    Thanks guys for all your feedback, I really appreciate all the cc.
    I did tweak it a little in picasa, I do have ps but I don't know it
    too good yet.

    I am liking it better croped like you said Thanks:D
    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions

    Here it is again...


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  6. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Much better
     
  7. tbreit

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    How close were you to the pelican? You omitted lens size.
    I'm pretty jealous -- I've never gotten a bird's feathers that sharp!
     
  8. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Polarizer.
     
  9. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The edited version of this pelican looks ever so much better but I fear no post processing software can fully get rid of the primary overexposure. It will always show. Some cameras when set to "Auto" tend to actually overexpose (well, mine does), so I had to learn to deliberately underexpose all my pics. It is easier to recover things that initially came out a little dark than to get to things that are too bright. Usually the information in blown-out areas is lost, while there still is surprisingly much "there" in (at first) too dark areas.

    And Torus, don't say that word!
    I am STILL mourning mine, which I lost in some real wilderness back in February, and I just don't have the means to "just so" get me a new pola... awww. Sniff-sniff, :cry:
     
  10. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Oof da! I feel your pain. Just got one of those unmentionables for my newly-purchased digital camera and I'm still not ready to open the package and put it on the lens.
     
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    Your final version is a damn cracker! Well done. Maybe I'd increase saturation a touch. Nice work!
     
  12. meotter

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    the revised version is a definite improvement over the original, but i also say that the original image is a bit too over exposed and you see it in the feathers on the 2nd image even more. the feathers on the wing are almost all white with no definition at all... too bad too, because the chest feathers are excellent :)

    nice composition though :)
     

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