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Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo
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Copyright: Ryan Fransen (ryanmfransen) (7)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM, 58mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My First Post of Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 0:35
Viewed: 3070
Points: 4
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A pink Flamingo in the Calgary Zoo. His eye really captivated me as it seemed as though he was staring at me pretty intently. He was absolutely frozen while I was taking his picture, as if he were posing.

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Hi Ryan,
Very good colors, but it is not sharp. You used too slow shutter speed. You should have opened the aperture to maximum (f/5.6) to prevent camera shake. 1/125 at 300mm (480mm equivalent) is simply not enough. Ideally, when you have enough light it is recommended to use f/8.0. In case that you don't have, you must open the aperture or increase the ISO, which will cause more noise. Also, the composition is not so great. The head is cropped, and there is too much background instead of body.
Anyway, welcome to TrekNature. I'm sure you will improve. I know it is impossible to watch all the photography aspects at once.


Lovely pink but it could be more vibrant.
I'd question the composition, was the cutting of the head necessary? And becareful of focus problems as shahar mentioned.
Other than that, good attempt :)
Welcome to TN!

Hi Ryan
this is an OK image, but it could have been a lot better. I hope you don't mind an honest yet constructive critique ;) Here goes...
First, it is not all that sharp. I think that the main reason for this is probably camera shake. You have used 300mm but a shutter speed of 1/125. I don't know if you already know this, but you should aim for a shutter speed which is 1/focal length or faster, in other words, you really needed 1/300 here. It depends somewhat on how steady your hand is, but I find that I still get camera shake using that rule, so it sometimes pays to go even further, say 1/400. This depends on the light of course, but you can always increase the ISO. Your polariser is also cutting out at least 1 stop of light. Having said all that, there is no detectable motion blur, so I think that the IS on the lens has done OK, but there's no substitute for getting the shutter speed right. You might also want to look at your sharpening techniques. Let me know if you want any advice here. Next, you have cut off the bird's head which I'm sure you are aware of. This is so easily prevented by just spending an extra second checking out the frame before you press the button. I also think that it's a little under-saturated, although that's down to personal preference. You can change the image parameters settings in the camera, or just add saturation on your PC image editing software.
Lastly, I'm not sure about the composition. It's quite difficult to get a good balance between space, and getting the body of the subject in. If you had included the whole abdomen, the head would be too far to the right and look cramped, as it is the head looks too central to me. I think I would have preferred to zoom out a little, get in the whole body and still have some space all around.
I'll try a workshop to fix the sharpness and colour....

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