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  • Autumn
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    Hi Julia

    Well you can tell wild life was not my top subject at school. I called your cygnet a duckling.

    I love the tight crop and the composition. The focus is not quite right - either that or camera shake. Anyway it's a "bit soft" as they say.

    If you have to submit it anyway, I would clone out the blade of grass over the cygnet's back and remove it back to the stem.

    Just my opinion, you understand. There will be others who will be able to tell you exactly what settings you need to get the correct exposure and focus on the swan and cygnet; but hey it's a really good composition!

    In fact looking again, I would be tempted to try a square presentation by cropping about an inch (as we see it on the screen) off the right hand side.

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  • cowcrzy06
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    Julia,

    That is a great picture!I also am taking a photo course. Mine will take about a year to a year and a half to complete. From what I have seen you should have no problems! Good Luck!!

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  • Julia
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    Another cygnet photo for comment

    Julia

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  • Autumn
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    Hi Julia

    I think it is a charming picture and the colour is so delicate. The exposure looks spot on to me the fur/feathers? look so soft.

    For my taste the inclusion of the duckling's tail and a little bit more space around it would be better.

    I like the diagonal angle of the shot. If you could have got it corner to corner that would have been really good, but I have tried many times in Clumber Park and the darned things just wont keep still.

    Look forward to seeing more. You are doing really well.

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  • Julia
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    thanks for all the comments. Here is the next one. I was trying out different ISO number and I think I got them the wrong way round but with a little help from Elements I think I have repaired it. Please let me know what you think and 'yes, I was that close to it'.
    Julia


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  • Ian
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    Originally posted by Stephen View Post
    Hi Julia, I wonder if for a shot such as this where you are panning, but at the same time you want to have the bird sharp, you need a faster shutter speed. I realise a blurred background is probably desirable, but you only had 1/60th sec and it hasn't frozen the bird enough IMHO Also a little confused by the choice of exposure mode
    Oh yes - a weird scene mode; probably selected by accident

    Ian

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  • SteveM
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    ok here goes.

    On the good side, i like the way the heron is flying into rather than out of the picture, good position on the "third" line, good background blur.

    On the bad side, the birds head is not totally sharp inthe picture im looking at, but that could be a function of jpeg compression or something, or it could be movement or lack of focus point.

    The body of the bird looks to be blown out too. I have a shot of a fish eagle and whilst everything else looks good its white tail is blown out and theres nothing i can do about it and its so annoying to me, yet when i look at your pic, i notice its blown out but it doesnt detract as much as i thought it would. Maybe ill open my archive and post my eagle.

    On the whole i do like this pic.

    steve.

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  • Stephen
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    Originally posted by Julia View Post
    Hi Steve,

    Apologies for the delay in replying. Other OU courses (Maths) I have done have personal tutors but not this one. We upload our photos on to a Website called 'Open Studio' and we are allowed to comment on other people's pictures. So far I have had some good comments, although nice are not very helpful.



    This is from my latest attempts. Comments wanted.

    Julia
    Hi Julia, I wonder if for a shot such as this where you are panning, but at the same time you want to have the bird sharp, you need a faster shutter speed. I realise a blurred background is probably desirable, but you only had 1/60th sec and it hasn't frozen the bird enough IMHO Also a little confused by the choice of exposure mode

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  • Julia
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    Thanks Ben,
    Any comments welcome - best way to learn

    Julia

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  • Ian
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    Originally posted by coupekid View Post
    Hi Julia,

    Some useful information there, thanks!

    As you have asked for comments, I will give them, though I am no expert!

    Firstly, I know how difficult it is to get shots of these fellas, so top marks for catching him in flight!

    To me, the shot looks a little over saturated, and possibly a little too contrasty.

    I think I would also be tempted to do a slight crop to increase the drama.

    I hope you dont think I have overstepped the mark, but I have had a fiddle to illustrate what I mean.

    By the way...I do think it is a lovely capture!

    Cheers,
    Ben
    Hi Ben, I have seen the original frame ind it's already a major crop from the 8MP original

    I was pretty impressed - Julia only had a kit lens on her camera, so this was a 90mm equivalent focal length, nothing more.

    Ian

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  • coupekid
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    Originally posted by Julia View Post
    Hi Steve,

    Apologies for the delay in replying. Other OU courses (Maths) I have done have personal tutors but not this one. We upload our photos on to a Website called 'Open Studio' and we are allowed to comment on other people's pictures. So far I have had some good comments, although nice are not very helpful.



    This is from my latest attempts. Comments wanted.

    Julia
    Hi Julia,

    Some useful information there, thanks!

    As you have asked for comments, I will give them, though I am no expert!

    Firstly, I know how difficult it is to get shots of these fellas, so top marks for catching him in flight!

    To me, the shot looks a little over saturated, and possibly a little too contrasty.

    I think I would also be tempted to do a slight crop to increase the drama.

    I hope you dont think I have overstepped the mark, but I have had a fiddle to illustrate what I mean.

    By the way...I do think it is a lovely capture!

    Cheers,
    Ben
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  • Julia
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    Thanks Pops, I was lucky - I just pointed the camera in the right direction and pressed the button. The next one was of him landing.




    Julia

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  • Pops
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    Personally I would have been pleased to have got this shot. The composition is great as is the b/g blur but I suspect that, seeing how this is course work and subject to hard critique, there will be comments about a lack of sharpness to the wings and tail.

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  • Julia
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    Hi Steve,

    Apologies for the delay in replying. Other OU courses (Maths) I have done have personal tutors but not this one. We upload our photos on to a Website called 'Open Studio' and we are allowed to comment on other people's pictures. So far I have had some good comments, although nice are not very helpful.


    This is from my latest attempts. Comments wanted.

    Julia

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  • SteveM
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    Do you have a personal tutor? I dont know how this course is run but ones ive done before had a personal tutor that pointed out where you were going wrong etc and whom you could call for help if you were stuck.

    steve.

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