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Apr 22, 2018 19:46:33   #
tonyi
 
Ok, I got up the nerve to finally try to post a couple of photos I took. I used a Canon 760D, with a Canon 70-200 Lens. I am a complete amateur and only starting learning photography a few months ago. So let me know what you think, what I can do to improve, what you like or dislike. Thanks in advance for the critique. Tony.
Tree Swallow guarding her nest.
Tree Swallow guarding her nest....
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Apr 22, 2018 19:54:25   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
tonyi wrote:
Ok, I got up the nerve to finally try to post a couple of photos I took. I used a Canon 760D, with a Canon 70-200 Lens. I am a complete amateur and only starting learning photography a few months ago. So let me know what you think, what I can do to improve, what you like or dislike. Thanks in advance for the critique. Tony.
Welcome Tony to our forum. Great images.Perfect first photo upload. Thanks for sharing

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Apr 22, 2018 19:54:35   #
cabunit
 
The second is beautifully crisp and most worthy of a post. Give the first one a look and see if you notice how soft it is by comparison, especially around the bird's head. It looks as if you or the camera did not focus correctly. Many of us live by the motto "Don't show your mistakes," here meaning basic mechanical mistakes like focus and exposure, as opposed to, say, composition, which is at least partially a judgment call. I hate to be harsh, but most of us would simply throw away that first one. But the second one looks great. Show us more of those, and have fun!

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Apr 22, 2018 20:19:13   #
tonyi
 
Thanks for your honesty. I was wondering what went wrong with that first shot but did not realize it was focus.

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Apr 22, 2018 20:43:07   #
photophile (a regular here)
 
tonyi wrote:
Ok, I got up the nerve to finally try to post a couple of photos I took. I used a Canon 760D, with a Canon 70-200 Lens. I am a complete amateur and only starting learning photography a few months ago. So let me know what you think, what I can do to improve, what you like or dislike. Thanks in advance for the critique. Tony.


Very fine images tonyi.

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Apr 23, 2018 05:40:11   #
tonyi
 
Thank you

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Apr 23, 2018 06:33:32   #
Carolina Wings (a regular here)
 
tonyi wrote:
Ok, I got up the nerve to finally try to post a couple of photos I took. I used a Canon 760D, with a Canon 70-200 Lens. I am a complete amateur and only starting learning photography a few months ago. So let me know what you think, what I can do to improve, what you like or dislike. Thanks in advance for the critique. Tony.


Welcome to the forum Tony...nice set

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Apr 23, 2018 07:03:44   #
rmm0605 (a regular here)
 
tonyi wrote:
Ok, I got up the nerve to finally try to post a couple of photos I took. I used a Canon 760D, with a Canon 70-200 Lens. I am a complete amateur and only starting learning photography a few months ago. So let me know what you think, what I can do to improve, what you like or dislike. Thanks in advance for the critique. Tony.


These two images are just fine!

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Apr 23, 2018 07:47:27   #
aschweik (a regular here)
 
Welcome, Tony! I agree the first one is soft on focus. The second one is much sharper plus the lightning is very nice. It brings out the color and shine of the bird's feathers. Please post more of your images...you'll get good advice here!

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Apr 23, 2018 08:29:03   #
tonyi
 
I agree with you on the focus. Thank you.

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Apr 23, 2018 12:52:02   #
UTMike (a regular here)
 
Nice captures! #2 is the star.

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Apr 23, 2018 13:07:26   #
gregoryd45
 
tonyi wrote:
Ok, I got up the nerve to finally try to post a couple of photos I took. I used a Canon 760D, with a Canon 70-200 Lens. I am a complete amateur and only starting learning photography a few months ago. So let me know what you think, what I can do to improve, what you like or dislike. Thanks in advance for the critique. Tony.


Very nice tonyi

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Apr 23, 2018 13:23:08   #
Retired CPO (a regular here)
 
Hi Tony, welcome to the forum. One rule of thumb that most of us follow is "no eye, no photo" meaning that a sharply focused eye makes the picture. Picture one is out of focus and the eyes are in such deep shadow that, even if they were in focus, they wouldn't be visible. For both of those reasons, most people would just delete that photo. Number two is very nice but could use a little more exposure in the wing area to get some color there instead of just shadow.

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Apr 23, 2018 17:38:36   #
tonyi
 
Thank you for all of the great advice and words of encouragement.

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Apr 23, 2018 23:23:02   #
sailorsmom
 
Very nicely done!

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