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Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-02-06 11:09]

Very good picture Cris, natural but with a note of originality also. You pay attention to every detail.
I like your work very much; it is very close to the limits of your gear Ė this is what everybody should try to achieve.

Regards, Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-02-01 19:31]

Hi Michel,

Nice pose and good exposure. Details in white perfect.
f/8 might have been been a good alternative if the focus was on the head of the bird - a bit more blur on the BG and eventualy lower ISO.

REgards,
Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-02-01 19:04] [comment] - [workshop] [compare] [+]

Hi George,

Interesting discussion here. This a good image but as you mentioned the light was very strong end this gives all the time problems with the over-contrasting. You lost some texture in the extreme blacks and reds. This is a fact. You can see it clearly in the histogram. All 3 channels are squished to the left and there are some clipping also. This can be fixed easy in camera-RAW where you have all the tools you needed plus clipping warnings and is 16 bits. Thatís way we are shooting in RAW, donít we?
With the limited possibilities of the low res. 8 bit jpeg format and clipping data already lost of your posting, I tried a Workshop just to show that the image still has lots of texture and details hidden.
Apologize; I cropped out your frame because it alters the histogram.
Almost forgot to mention that I never use evaluative metering for bird photography. Everybody use spot metering. I use partial. Reason: we want the subject to be well exposed not a compromise between the subject and background.

Regards,
Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-02-01 18:59]

That's very nice. ;-)
Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-01-28 10:11]

Hi Maurizio,

This is a very nice picture Ė and very original, especially for Italy!!
Warm regards from the cold Canada,

Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-01-28 9:45] [+]

Hi Christodoulos,

This picture is very impressive as your entire gallery.
I can see you take nature photography very seriously and the results are grate.
I am also impressed of your competence as bird watcher and your knowledge about birding spots and sightings on your island.
I hope to see Cyprus sometime time Ė it looks very interesting through your lens.
What is your magic 400mm lens? Do you use a support of some sort or your shots are hand held?

Regards, Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-01-26 18:50] [+]

Salut Ahmet,
Your flower pictures are as nice as your bird ones but you have to excuse my ignorance in the subject. Photography using macro lenses is also a mystery for me. I have an f/ 2.8 Sigma 150mm macro but I did not used often. I assume you have to use a tripod for this type of photos and I never used one.
Regards, Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-01-20 20:12] [+]

Hi Louis,
Beautiful bird with spectacular colors. I wish Iíll see one in my next visit to Costa Rica.
I know how hard is to take a good picture like this one in the very difficult light of the tropical forest.
Regards, Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-01-15 13:58] [+]

Hi Ahmet,
Very nice species. High quality picture.
Looks a bit darker on my new and calibrated monitor but ok on the older one??.
Your friend
Mario

Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221) [2011-01-10 18:54]

Hi Ahmet,
Your Cattle Egret in its breeding plumage is very well done. Perfect color balance and nice contrast with the green background.
All jour posting are of high quality and competence and are essential contributions to this site.
About MK4, I like it, is better than MK3 for sure, it let me crop a bit more without losing quality but I did not have it for long enough to see a significant change in the quality of my pictures.
Regards,
Mario