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Feb 1, 2012 20:48:36   #
snowbird Loc: Indialantic FL /Lakewood NY
 
Please provide critique on exposure, composition and PP.
Camera Nikon 5100 . My 55- 200 was sent back to Nikon for the repair of the auto-focus. I am shooting with the 18-55.
Images were shot today about 5:00PM.
Metadata: Both were shot at 38mm, ISO100, 1/400, f10, raw, dynamic auto-focus, burst, in bright sunshine. a lot of info!
Should I be shooting at a higher speed to stop action?
What are your thought on composition? Is there enough contrast between the bird and water in1st image? Placement?
New to using Raw. Did some basic PP in View NX2. PP recommendations?





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Feb 2, 2012 07:22:41   #
Gidgette Loc: Boerne,Texas
 
snowbird wrote:
Please provide critique on exposure, composition and PP.
Camera Nikon 5100 . My 55- 200 was sent back to Nikon for the repair of the auto-focus. I am shooting with the 18-55.
Images were shot today about 5:00PM.
Metadata: Both were shot at 38mm, ISO100, 1/400, f10, raw, dynamic auto-focus, burst, in bright sunshine. a lot of info!
Should I be shooting at a higher speed to stop action?
What are your thought on composition? Is there enough contrast between the bird and water in1st image? Placement?
New to using Raw. Did some basic PP in View NX2. PP recommendations?
Please provide critique on exposure, composition a... (show quote)


Like #2. Thanks for sharing.

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Feb 2, 2012 08:02:18   #
steve_stoneblossom Loc: Rhode Island, USA
 
Bumping the ISO would certainly allow higher shutter speed. Those little birds are fast, particularly their legs. You can see blurriness in hind leg of first image. I don't find it unacceptable, but if you do, speed up the shutter.

Re: composition, I might crop the foreground just a bit on #1.

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Feb 2, 2012 08:05:04   #
rpavich Loc: West Virginia
 
I think they are fine.

The lighting is warm, and coming from the side, and the water-foam looks good.

The ONLY thing I might have done differently was to warm it up a bit with the temp...make it more "sunrise" looking...that's all.



the composition is good..the bird has a frame to walk in to...the waterline is on a pleasing diagonal....

all in all good shots.

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Feb 2, 2012 08:15:15   #
snowbird Loc: Indialantic FL /Lakewood NY
 
steve_stoneblossom wrote:
Bumping the ISO would certainly allow higher shutter speed. Those little birds are fast, particularly their legs. You can see blurriness in hind leg of first image. I don't find it unacceptable, but if you do, speed up the shutter.

Re: composition, I might crop the foreground just a bit on #1.


Steve, Thanks There was plenty of light. I will bump the shutter speed to 1250. I left the foreground because I liked the reflection off the bird. It sort of a gentle leading line.

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Feb 2, 2012 08:20:15   #
steve_stoneblossom Loc: Rhode Island, USA
 
snowbird wrote:
steve_stoneblossom wrote:
Bumping the ISO would certainly allow higher shutter speed. Those little birds are fast, particularly their legs. You can see blurriness in hind leg of first image. I don't find it unacceptable, but if you do, speed up the shutter.

Re: composition, I might crop the foreground just a bit on #1.


Steve, Thanks There was plenty of light. I will bump the shutter speed to 1250. I left the foreground because I liked the reflection off the bird. It sort of a gentle leading line.
quote=steve_stoneblossom Bumping the ISO would ce... (show quote)


I'm not familiar with your camera. One of my cameras could handle ISO 1250, but another gets noisy over ISO 400. Lots of room to play between 100 and 1250!

By 'a little' crop I meant less than 1/10th of image height, maybe barely touching reflection.

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Feb 2, 2012 08:40:59   #
snowbird Loc: Indialantic FL /Lakewood NY
 
Steve, I think I could leave the ISO at100 increase the shutter speed to 1250 @ F4. I better get off the computer and go row and get some exercise.

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Feb 2, 2012 08:46:43   #
steve_stoneblossom Loc: Rhode Island, USA
 
snowbird wrote:
Steve, I think I could leave the ISO at100 increase the shutter speed to 1250 @ F4. I better get off the computer and go row and get some exercise.


You certainly could. Just make sure you're focus is spot on, with shallower depth of field.

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Feb 2, 2012 12:06:55   #
sford122 Loc: Amarillo TX
 
steve_stoneblossom wrote:
Bumping the ISO would certainly allow higher shutter speed. Those little birds are fast, particularly their legs. You can see blurriness in hind leg of first image. I don't find it unacceptable, but if you do, speed up the shutter.

Re: composition, I might crop the foreground just a bit on #1.


I personally like the composition in #1. Love his reflection in the water.

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Feb 2, 2012 13:09:47   #
jenny Loc: in hiding:)
 
Like #1 just the way it is.Didn't know birds could walk on
water,ha. No problem with any leg-blur either,the creature
is moving.

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Feb 2, 2012 15:25:00   #
pfredd
 
snowbird wrote:
Steve, I think I could leave the ISO at100 increase the shutter speed to 1250 @ F4. I better get off the computer and go row and get some exercise.


Snowbird seems correct to me. That lens will be as sharp if not sharper @ f4. The pic may be more pleasing with foam out of focus. Of course 1/1250" will capture no leg blur, but such can be added with speed blur in PP.
Consider a square crop to remove excess negative space at right while keeping the reflection. My taste would brighten all the darks towards a sunnier beach feel.

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Feb 2, 2012 15:41:30   #
liebgard
 
I like #1 best. Coincidence: I just photoed one of these yesterday. They always seem like they are commuters who must rush to their workplace, so I am always tempted to PS them a little briefcase. LOL

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Feb 2, 2012 15:44:03   #
senad55verizon.net Loc: Milford, NJ
 
I would crop them both -> more bird, less water.

Don't forget to sharpen as the last step.

Regards....

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Feb 2, 2012 16:56:02   #
snowbird Loc: Indialantic FL /Lakewood NY
 
Thanks for the critiques and suggestions. When I darkened and added contrast it really made the birds pop. The color of the sandpiper is close to the color of the sand. I purposely shot late afternoon to get the low light angle. Here is a revision

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Feb 2, 2012 16:58:48   #
snowbird Loc: Indialantic FL /Lakewood NY
 
liebgard wrote:
I like #1 best. Coincidence: I just photoed one of these yesterday. They always seem like they are commuters who must rush to their workplace, so I am always tempted to PS them a little briefcase. LOL


You made me laugh. They must be New Yorkers. The royal terns on the other hand stand like balding sentinels taking everything in. They both must be laughing at us lying in the sand with our cameras trying to get just a little closer without scarring them away.

Sandpiper late for a meeting
Sandpiper late for a meeting...

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