- Evelynn (14454)
- [2007-08-27 10:15]
YIPPEE! I'm so glad you are better! Now we just need to get Emma back on her feet!.
I think you about mentioned all the salient points about this image. That lens sure does have a shallow depth of focus. The sharpness and colors are excellent on the in focus parts. The background is really wonderful.
Evelynn : )
Welcome to the world of bird photography!
I like the focused bird. You captured fine clarity, POV, and color. Great blurred BG.
You've got fine equipment and technical knowledge so I can see you adding fine bird images in the days ahead if you continue to pursue them. I'm not a great fan of feeder images usually though I would like this much more if the bird in front was not there or if it was focused.
I've been pursuing birds here at home more the last two days and have been taking many shots to get a few good and somnetimes better images. I've erected a photo prop of old branches near my feeders and set seeds on it to attract the resident birds onto a more natural setting. Trees are nearby also so I go for them when I can but the prop is helpful. I'd love to have the quality of equipment you have. Some day. :-)
Hope you continue the bird photography. I'm sure you'll do very well if you have the patience and time. Good to hear you are feeling well.
- lawbert (0)
- [2007-08-27 11:14]
You have captured great detail in the head of the male chaffinch..This is a very hard area to capture as the colour changes on his head tend to play havoc with a long lense and slr.
As for the blur in the tail you will struggle to eliminate that unless you have a shed load of cash and get a fast L or sigma ex lense..but that to me adds to the challenge of the picture. It is a great shot niek. Im no bird photographer niek but have a look at some of mine with a similar f stop leanse.
Thanks for sharing and hoping you are well.
All the best
- gracious (13068)
- [2007-08-27 12:41]
I do accept your concept of having one Chaffinch on focus!, this is in a more artistic point of view indeed!
your exposure and focus just great and the colour just beautiful.
thanks for sharing
- hester (11638)
- [2007-08-27 12:52]
Wow this is a departure from the normal shots for you but I think you have made a cracking shot at it. My initial reaction was that the near bird needed to be in focus but on second look I too quite like this version. It seems to give a connection between you and the bird (their eyes meet over a crowded room!)
Wonderfully focused and great colours. Now try to get a Robin next time :)
- claudine (0)
- [2007-08-27 14:13]
I was very surprised when I saw your name under this picture :))) The bird which is in focus is just beautiful with great colors and catch-light. I guess that a smaller aperture could have make the one in foreground sharp but to be honest with you, I don't have often caught two birds at the same time and most of those pictures are not really good. In those circumstances; I play with the focus points manually. Thanks,
- pablominto (14563)
- [2007-08-27 23:40]
A pleasant couple!
An interesting experiment with focus on the bird in the back, but I think it works here as he also is the most colourful of the two!
Sharp fine details, a well composed presentation!
- PaulH (13882)
- [2007-08-28 1:21]
well i'm no expert on bird photography at all, so i'll just say what i think! Initailly i did find the bird in front thats OOF a bit distracting and found the left hand side of the image a bit cluttered.
However, once i had read your note and understood your intentions for this shot, i realised what you were attempting and have to say that i think it works quite well! There's nothing wrong with the detail and focus on the bird that is in focus and the BG is really very good, a perfect backdrop. Well done for posting something so different.
- gannu (14761)
- [2007-08-28 10:11]
Niek, Very nice shot and I really like the effect of a other bird in the OOF. Excellent lighting and lovely colors. Ganesh
- EOSF1 (23955)
- [2007-08-28 15:11]
Hello Niek, well it's good to see that you're trying a new 'genre'. Pretty good one to begin with, you've done great on the focus of the Chaffinch. The light is very good and the background is perfect. On the composition side I would have prefer to see the off focus bird in the back instead of in the front. And if you could have framed a bit to the left you would have got the full birds in the picture. Anyway great first bird shot.
- arfer (0)
- [2007-08-28 20:59]
Just marking the post for now
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2007-08-30 10:48]
You have pictured a very attractive scene. It is a pity a bit only that nearest bird is out of focus but wished DOF was impossible at your light conditions. Colours, contrast and sharpness. blurriness of the shot are wonderful. I wish you many new so beautiful bird pictures. TFS and best regards.
- nainnain (6259)
- [2007-08-31 0:37]
parfaite présentation, bien vu la mise au point sur le second oiseau, belles couleurs nettes.
bravo et merci du partage
- mlines (3116)
- [2007-09-02 2:31]
Hi Niek, I like to see birds feeding and your photo shows this well. Birds are not so easy to photograph i am finding, but as that French guy said,the first 10,000 photos are our worst, so we have got to get out and try our best. Good work. Murray.