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Copyright: Marina Shalamova (shalamova) (31)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-09
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 15:16
Viewed: 3559
Points: 1
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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2005-10-11 18:18]

Hi, Marina. Almost ducks - Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis).

When you have a shot like this, a lot can be done to improve digital images by using photo editing software. I've done a 30 second (literally!) workshop with MS Photo Editor and just sharpened and tweaked brightness and contrast a little. See what you think. With more sophisticated software and practice you could, for example, "lose" the grass stems in the foreground.

I don't know if this shot has been cropped from the original, but it would probably have been better framed in landscape format (longer side along the bottom) and getting the bird's tail in the frame. Apart from that, top tips are:

Take lots of shots at different zoom and exposure settings (especially when using digital - no film/processing costs). Keep the best, bin the rest.

Always try to visualise what the picture will look like before taking the shot, and experiment with point of view (POV), aperture (which affects depth of field (DOF), etc. With digital cameras, sometimes the optical viewfinder is much better for composing shots than the little screen!

Did I say take lots of pictures? :)

Add notes about camera and how the photograph was taken and/or modified by software. It makes it easier to offer advice if it's appropriate.

Be your own hardest critic, but remember that it's all a matter of taste - sometimes people just don't "get it" but if YOU like it, it's just fine.

Most important advice by far - enjoy taking pictures and sharing them (and take lots of them .. )!!

Best wishes!

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