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Copyright: Will Giddings (Will) (40)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon DSLR D200, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G AF-S ED-IF VR
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-09 3:36
Viewed: 2959
Points: 2
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This was taken at Sithians Reservoir near to my University. I had been sitting in the hide for about 2 hours watching all sorts of birds fluttering about, but i never managed to catch one as they were all moving so fast. But, as luck would have it, this little Chaffinch came and perched on this branch right next to where i was sitting and stayed there for quite some time.

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To Vinster: ThanksWill 2 12-10 14:28
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Hi Will
The following criticism I have for you should not be taken as anything other than constructive if you want to get more from the TN site. I only joined in June this year myself but I have learned the following:
Most shots will only receive a reasonable amount of attention if the subject fills 50% of the frame. In this case the Chaffinch is tiny in comparison to an awful lot of uninteresting background. As a thumbnail it will grab even less attention. The subject is also in shade and none of its pinky colouration is brought out.
According to your data you have shot at an ISO of 100 with and f-stop of f/2.8. Try using an ISO of 200 or 400 and be prepared to use f/stops of f/8 or even higher. This will bring more of the subject in focus. Unless you are going to around f/16 or more, the background is unlikely to become a distraction. This was something I was guilty of myself for a long time but now I've changed my habits my photography as come on in leaps and bounds.
Finally, you're going to have to take the time to make at least a few critiques yourself! I don't have a great deal of spare time myself and never use my 20 smiley limit a day. However, if you can do 5 or 6 each time you post a pic you should find you will get reasonable feedback on your own shots.
As I say, may sound picky but it is meant with the intention of helping you.
Kind Regards

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