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Standing Proud

Standing Proud
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Gray (MikeGray) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 58] (403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF100-400 IS L 4.5-5.6L Ø77, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/45 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Rouge-gorge / Robin (part. 1), Other birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-04 4:32
Viewed: 4051
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken a couple of weeks ago outside the Abbotsbury tea gardens.
There was a couple of small birds like this Robin just hopping around outside the tea room, so the camera just had to come out, there i lay on the cold freezing slabs (like an idiot) trying to capture these little creatures (it was not that easy) after a few tries and the birds got used to me so this was my first shot, not to bad i think.

Love to hear how i could improve this IE sharpening, all i have done is slight colour adjust and ran through neat image.

Tech details
F5.6, 1/45 sec @ 300mm ISO 400 oh yes hand held too and bloody cold

Thanks for looking

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-04 4:50]

Hi Michael
Unfortunately I’m not able to help with anymore technical advice. You seem to know what to do as the colour, focus, composition, POV, exposure, lighting, DOF, and BG all came out very good.
I do not know the 'neat image' that you refer to so the only one I would have tried extra is the 'Unsharp mask' that is available in most of the PP software programs.
Very well done under the cold and testing circumstance you had to take the photo. TFS.

Hi Michal,
this is such a wonderful and cute robin, I'm astonished about the nearly blue parts, so beautiful. The colours are so brilliant and sharpness excellent, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Michael,
a beautiful picture of a beautiful bird.
Great POV and very good POV and nice colours.
Try to use USM or Smart sharpen if you have PS CS2,
with settings 0,3 pixels and 200-400% amount.
Well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-04 8:24]


Une belle présentation,la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et l'éclairage est parfait et fait bien ressortir les détails. Par contre je crois que la saturation des couleurs est un peu trop élevé à mon avis.

Merci Michael!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-04 9:51]

Yes, he is proud but he is also lovely ! Realy a nice shot pleasant to see. Congratulation Michael and thanks for sharing.

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  • aljawad (261)
  • [2006-03-04 13:10]

Very nice shot and clarity ..

Hi Michael

Nice composition, great POV. I like the colours and the clarity is excellent. Nice work. TFS. :-)

Awww... Mike... it's a robin!

As far as sharpening goes, I'd try High Pass Filter sharpening... and if you need an explanation on that ring me...

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-23 2:42]

Hello Mike, nice shot and a very nice pose. It's a little soft in focus but not too bad for hand held whilst shaking with the cold!

Well done.

Great capture of my favorite bird Mike. Love the low POV on this, great colour and pose. Very nice work.

It's a lovely shot with good composition and background and an excellent POV. Amazing clarity considering the 1/45 and 300mm. I guess the IS does a good job! I usually use USM the same settings as ellis49. I find that different radiuses work better for different cameras so you may have to experiment.

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