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Offline BrianNZ

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Been a while
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:40:14 AM »
here in NZ we have been having a terribly wet winter so havnt got out and about with my camera, but did manage a few shots a few weeks ago.









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Re: Been a while
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 01:32:32 PM »
The second is my favourite, but the first is also very good (I'd have been tempted to crop a bit, so make the bird larger in the frame).

What sort of bird is it (a type of heron?)?
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Re: Been a while
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 02:46:19 PM »
I really like the second one too.

And the 4th with the lady leading the fella around... or is he chasing her? ;)
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Re: Been a while
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2017, 04:44:19 PM »
Like them all. :) The fifth is the same bird as the first, or the same species, just bigger with a different background.
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Re: Been a while
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 08:29:30 PM »
Hi Guys, the first. second and the last one are all the same bird. it is a White Faced Heron. I need to get out and about a bit more, one thing i think have been doing wrong is ive tended to have my arpeture wide open,  where perhaps i should be having it set to more around F8 or F11. as you can see in the pic with the Male & Female duck the front duck is nice and sharp whereas the back one isnt. Any comments?
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Re: Been a while
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 10:19:37 PM »
I can't really add anything as i don't shoot wildlife or much that moves but i like the last one. The 2nd one is good also although i'd have preferred the bird to be off centre more than it is (crop a bit off the right hand side maybe)

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Re: Been a while
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2017, 01:43:04 AM »
I really like your heron. Interesting how similar it is to any other heron in terms of body shape but with a special face for New Zealand.
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Re: Been a while
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2017, 10:02:57 AM »
Hi Guys, the first. second and the last one are all the same bird. it is a White Faced Heron. I need to get out and about a bit more, one thing i think have been doing wrong is ive tended to have my aperture wide open,  where perhaps i should be having it set to more around F8 or F11. as you can see in the pic with the Male & Female duck the front duck is nice and sharp whereas the back one isnt. Any comments?

Choice of aperture is partly an artistic choice - anything from just the eyes sharp to the whole scene front to back.

Personally, I quite like the way that in the shot of the two ducks, the front (male) is in focus but the other duck is slightly soft - it helps give depth to the image, and emphasises the main subject, but it's an area which is very much down to personal preference and intent, rather than there being a 'right' or 'wrong' option.
(Generally with wildlife you do want the whole animal in focus, but even that is not always the case)
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Re: Been a while
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2017, 05:52:35 AM »
I too like the white faced Heron.  Second image for me.  To my mind the biggest issue with the two Mallards is that the eyes are not full on.  As you will know, the number 1 for birds and animals is to get the eye sharp and preferably with a glint of light.  ...john
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