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December 23, 2012
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Make
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model
E-410
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
179 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Dec 20, 2012, 10:44:42 AM
Software
Aperture 3.4.3
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Winter Goldfinch by AquarianPhotography Winter Goldfinch by AquarianPhotography
A flock of goldfinches in my yard just after the year's first blizzard.
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:icontorivarn:
Hey!

You wanted me to give you my two cents on this capture. As I tell everyone; don't mind the stars, they aren't informative.

Photographically:
When it comes to bird photography or wildlife in general it requires a great amount of zoom. What I'm saying is that I would have prefered getting a closer framing of the bird. This is not always easy to accomplish, but I thought it would be important to mention.
Another tip would be the framing. The bird is sitting on a little branch, framing the bird to be somewhere in the right bottom corner would give you branches leading from somewhere to somewhere.
When it comes to the exposure, I like the fact that you've tried to keep the snow white instead of greyish, however it's a little overexposed in relation to what it should be. The result of this is that you loose alot of details in the snow which can't be fixed easily in post-processing.

Post-processing:
Three things would make this pop a little more:
Vignette - a slight dark vignette would frame the bird just fine as the image is very bright.
Contrast - this would also give you some more details in the branches and the bird, which would be nice.
Sharpening - Sharpening the bird and the branch it's sitting on would be beneficial for the overall impression.

All in all: keep trying, it's important as we can't read ourselves to become as good as we want to be.

I hope this was helpful. Have a nice weekend :)
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Critique by W-a-r-l-o-c-k Jan 11, 2013, 11:19:13 AM
Hi, you would like to become critique for this picture, so here we go:

It's a great capture of a little birdie. First of all, it's not easy to get a good shot with a snowy background. Photographically it's a bit overexposed, BUT it gives the feel of a sunny winter day. It's better as leave it with a darker background. The bird is sharp like a knife and good contrasted with the background. Many peoples would say to do a bit post processing, but i'm not this kind. I love way better if you do nothing. Just let it be like that. The only thing i would do an other crop of this image, set the bird to the right bottom, 2/3, 2/3 and a light frame.

Well, have a great day and keep up this great work!

Regards
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GilPires Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thumbs UP!!
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:iconvariouslyvaried:
variouslyvaried Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
That's absolutely sharp, beautiful shot. Amazing contrast on the gold on snow.
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:iconaquarianphotography:
AquarianPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks much my friend.
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Tewerin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Thats a very pretty photo. :)
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:iconaquarianphotography:
AquarianPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :heart:
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smutyo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wanderful shot :):thumbsup:
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:iconaquarianphotography:
AquarianPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconsmutyo:
smutyo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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SnowNightFall Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Photographer
I love this bird! Very nice photo!
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AquarianPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you much :)
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