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Good Bye 2005!

Good Bye 2005!
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Copyright: David Robert (Dave) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix S2
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-01 17:55
Viewed: 2916
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lookin' back and saying good bye on 2005!

Carolina Chickadee
(Poecile carolinensis)

I wanted my suet log to capture a better shot of the Red-bellied Woodpecker. I've seen him on the log, but unfortunately he has been too elusive for me to get his picture...:( Oh, well. Maybe another day...;)

I'm still shooting through glass with my little AF only camera. I've experimented with different techniques that allow me to use the flash fairly consistently. But, until I get a new camera it seems hard to beat my "soft on focus" problem...:(

This little guy is showing us the back of his head as if lookin' back to 2005 which was a notable year. Most memorable on the hardship side of things for me was Katrina less than a month after a family reunion with many who have roots in New Orleans. Then on the good side of things, I'll never forget 2005 as the year I found and started frequenting TrekNature. The talent you all have and the pleasure you are able to cause with your beautiful pictures is simply amazing!
Keep em coming for 2006!
And, thanks to all!

scottevers7, marhowie, Janice, petrudamsa, dew77 has marked this note useful
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Hi Dave,
My wish is that everyone's new year is better than the last one. I am also wishing for you to get a beautiful new 20D. The composition and framing are excellent. He is staring at that beautiful landscape just like I would. I might have to come down there and shoot a panaromic off your front pourch.
Keep them coming!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-02 0:14]

Dave, I have lots of trouble getting birds (and lions, etc) sharp, so I say "Good on you!"
This one's had enough of the old year and refuses to look back. Look forward...

Hi Dave,
the composition and framing is good.
When shooting throu the glass make shure that the flash is off and hold the lens tight to the glass.
You can see an example here Koala.
Well done.

Hope you get the 20d soon.

Hi Dave.
I think that not only the soft focus is yet unsolved, but also the glass is eating (by reflexion) some of the flash' power. Have you tried do overexpose a 1/2 or even 1 step (I think Aperture priority)?
You still got some consistent results though.

Regards, Petru

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-02 2:20]

Hello David!
Very nice capture.I liked framing and composition a lot.I wish wonderful 2006 to you.TFS...:-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-02 5:21]

Hi Dave, nice composition. would write similar to my last critique but add the following, it's always difficult to get the correct exposure on your subject if the BG has lots of light. Your camera has metered off the bright light in the BG.

Well done, keep them coming.

Hey, get that bird to turn around Dave..
05 is gone - no lookin' back! ;-)
If I might suggest, shoot with the window open when you can. The glass will affect flash effectiveness and focus with your camera..
TFS and keep em' coming!

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-02 12:39]

Hi Dave,

Nice pose for the occasion, very good on composition.

My main nit is the noise, and if you try to reduce that with PP you will loose too much detail in the feathers (I tried but unsuccessfully). The noise/signal ratio is not so good, but this much depends on the size of the imaging sensor, and obviously there is not much you can do about that, except to avoid low light situations (haha...), or use a flash, which you do. You already mentioned the soft focus.
Light situation was not easy and bits of BG are OE, but your subject I find neither too dark nor too light, so you handled things well.

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