I would appreciate your help with this Cardinal image......
Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:57 PM
This first image is edited, but very little. (I shoot in RAW only, to give me a little more editing latitude). I cropped, increased the exposure (even spot metering can be off with a smaller bird at that distance), reduced noise a little, and sharpened a little as well.
I see some Cardinal images that blow me away(!) but I have tried working on this (and a few others I shot) and I'm not so sure?
What do you think?
6724 by canuckguyinadarkroom, on Flickr
This is as shot:
Thanks for any input.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:05 PM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:38 PM
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:05 PM
I think it's fine the way it is. (The closer one.) What is it you're wanting to change, exactly?
Thanks. I'm ostensibly a photographer, and now one who shoots birds mostly. Feedback of any type is valuable to me.
I think Ken above has some good points.
The ideal bird in the ideal position in ideal lighting is hard to bring home. I know some spend more time (and money!!) at this with locales, blinds, super-lenses but that's not my style.
Any other input and/or thoughts is welcome.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:24 AM
I did a quick attempt at a background just as an example. Absolutely no effort went into this and it does nothing to improve your photo, but the idea might be something you may not have considered so I offer this solely as bouncing an idea off you, it's not a worthy attempt at editing your photo.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:45 AM
Off on a tangent here...................
I have done portraiture for many years and I can see a parallel, perhaps. While some may oooh and ahhh over a very attractive subject no matter the setting or pose, to me the image is not right until it comes together. It's why I prefer doing studio work where I can reduce and control many more variables.
For this Cardinal image, I can see that there is not enough going for it; the angle, the background, and even the pose are not going to make this an ideal image.
I just came across this posting at another forum of a Turkey Vulture. Most of us get them from far below (much like my Cardinal!) but this was shot at its level (from the Niagara Escarpment, near the Lonestranger, I believe!). Makes for a wonderful image, in my opinion.
Thanks again for any input.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:47 PM
Edit it up a little bit to get what you want out of it post processing, and throw it into your 'cardinal' folder or however you sort images, and look for another 'awesome' shot of a cardinal.
I've got a lot of fantastic picture of many species, but not of a cardinal. They're super tough birds, at least in my experience, to get good shots of. Here they're super spooky and just do not sit still even when you get lucky and one pops up close.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:43 PM
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