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GeekStyle59 07-31-2010 01:56 AM

Critique Please
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Last week I house sat for a family who has 22 chickens. I wanted to practice capture for getting better exposures, but had trouble warming up to the creatures. Then I began to get intrigued with their feathers. My goal was to expose to the right enough to capture feather detail and let the grass go where it would. The iridescence of the feathers is not captured here, but I still like the counterpoint of the blue/red. Comments welcomed.

Frogstar 07-31-2010 02:28 AM

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Looks a bit soft to me. You should also try to get down to the birds level as it gives a better perspective. Also try to get the complete bird into the shot unless you're trying for a portrait, then get less in. Think you've cracked the exposure though, nice details in the whites. Still, K for your efforts

GeekStyle59 07-31-2010 05:58 AM

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Sure is soft, Kevin. He was a running target shot on my P&S with a lower DOF than I would have liked due to my effort to keep a low ISO for noise reasons -- so I went with composition as best I could. And, (I'm not making this up, either) a low shot would have been impossible for me ATM due to a fractured pelvis. Not that I would have thought of that, though, since I've only been at this a little while and don't have all my chickens in a row yet. ;-) So thank you so much for pointing that out along with the softness. That's precisely why I asked for this critique.

bdesavage 07-31-2010 06:06 AM

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It look's like a Good start to me...But as a Flytyer that Rooster would have a few less Feathers.;-)

GeekStyle59 07-31-2010 06:12 AM

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I'm sorry, but I don't understand "Flytyer". Please explain.

uk2usa 07-31-2010 06:44 AM

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Flytyer - someone who makes fly lures out of feathers for fishing. Interesting bird to photograph... and very tricky to get the exposure right with all that white against a dark background. I think you did a good job.

GeekStyle59 07-31-2010 06:47 AM

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Thanks, Alex! and lol!


bdesavage 07-31-2010 07:13 PM

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Here is a sample of a Fly.

GeekStyle59 07-31-2010 07:17 PM

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Good pic, bdesavage. Do you trout fish? That's all I know that use flys. I like to fish for bass, but don't fish for what I can't eat so there aren't too many places around me where I can go. Cast a rod for me, OK?

GeekStyle59 07-31-2010 07:19 PM

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Frogstar, I forgot to thank you for my first Karma. (I didn't even figure out what you meant at first and wondered if it was a typo!) thanks again.

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