My efforts today

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  1. Boynielaad

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    Set out today to take some swans to include in Holo's thread (having already contributed to the ducks).

    On the way there walked through the Grosvenor Park in Chester and found some very friendly squirrels

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    Then went to the River Dee to get the swans.

    Disappointed I didn't get any decent ones. This was the best of a bad lot

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    I haven't done any PP to this (not yet very good at the dark arts;))

    May I ask for suggestions as to what I could do to improve this one - I use Gimp.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dave

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    Tough light for swans today, I tried and only got a few I was happy with.

    The squirrels on the other hand are very good, nice and sharp.
     
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    I like the two squirrel shots. As for the swan the light was not in your favour (IMHO they are one of the hardest things to get a balanced shot of). I have never used GIMP, but if there is some way of adjust highlights and shadows I would try it to try and lighten the shaded bits of the bird.
     
  4. Holowlegs

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    Hello there

    From the picture it looks like you are shoting with the sun in front of you, very hard thing to do, even harder with a white bird like a Swan.

    Couple of tips for ya if you don't mind.

    Try and shot with the sun behind you.

    Also when you are faced with a strong sun, when shooting swans against a dark background like you have in the picture ( ie dark water). Under exposes by 1 , 1.5 maybe 2 stops. This will help you not to blow out the white parts of the Swan.

    Hope this helps.


    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  5. Boynielaad

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    Thanks - I'll remember this and have another go when I get some free time
     
  6. mark1000

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    That first shot is a cracker, talk about getting down to your subjects level.

    Mark.
     
  7. Boynielaad

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    Thanks. That's the beauty of the A300's tilting screen - camera was on the floor but I didn't have to be. :D
     
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    Nice feature that, i have it too on the Panna G1, its just that i cant even get down on my knees to use it at all :mad:


    Mark.
     

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