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Through My Eyes 2

Through My Eyes 2
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Copyright: Lori Morra (loribird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony A350, TAMRON DI 200-500
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-01 14:22
Viewed: 1003
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A couple of days ago I posted a squirrel with the same Title. The sun was shining and I hoped that I captured with the lens what I saw with my eye. Here is a picture of a black capped chickadee taken at the same time in the same lighting. Of course...soft focus. I wasn't going to post but today, when I went out to fill the feeders, I was immediately greeted by a chickadee, titmouse and red breasted nuthatch. They all landed inches from my face, chattering away with the sweetest songs. I could see every detail in their plumage and the twinkle in their eyes. First thought was 'if only I had my camera' quickly followed by 'I would never be able to capture in focus anyway!' I am so frustrated. Without a tripod I am doomed. You have all been WONDERFUL! You have given fantastic advice and exercises and I try to utilize every bit of your expertise but between the constant movement of the birds and the weight of my lens and inability to hold it steady I feel hopeless... So sad that the things I love to photograph most are the ones least in focus. I will keep trying nevertheless. And I hope you will still enjoy my photos. I know this isn't sharp but perhaps the lighting and compsosition make up for a bit of that. Thanks for looking and always trying to help.

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To werdir: spot focusloribird 6 03-03 12:37
To prfry: It Helps Roxanneloribird 1 03-01 23:32
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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-03-01 17:07]
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dear Lori,
a beautiful picture of the lovely chickadee in wonderful light situation,
partial lighted portion and other in shadow are beautifully composed to express elegant ambience,
and soft focus is nice to capture the tender atmosphere there very well,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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  • prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727)
  • [2011-03-01 22:49]
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Hi Lori,

The thing that I find frustrating is how honest and thorough you are in your note yet you've had 48 views and most didn't even bother to comment.

I can relate exactly to the moment when you wish you had your camera and can't set up for the best shot - this is the challenging (and perhaps fun) part of photography!

I think the soft focus works well for this beautiful bird. I feel that to combat the low light you could have afforded to use a higher ISO - my canon camera tends to be clear (without noise) to about ISO 800 (yours may differ). Play around with different ISO settings to learn what works best for your camera. I always aim to use the lowest (or is it largest?:) f-value to allow optimum light and have it clearest. So here you've used f/6.3 - if your lens allows it try f/3.5 or lower! If you're worried about too much being out of focus with the low f-value, I tend to just focus on the eyes/face of the subject. An out of focus body can actually have a nice effect! Lastly, if you don't have a tripod I try to brace my upper body against something (like a wall or tree), utilise the self-timer (I set mine to 2sec) to minimise camera shake and lastly - hold your breath to keep still!!!

I hope this helps :)


Hi Lori,

As you say, the lighting and composition are fine. Unfortunately the sharpness isn't very good at all here, and you are honest about that in your note. Your shutter speed should be sufficient to mitigate camera shake, but if the weight of the lens is a problem you won't be able to hold it steady enough. Don't know what the answer is there, maybe a smaller (300 mm) lens, but you might not like the limitations in distant shots.

Can you choose individual focus points on your camera?


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-03-02 9:06]


fantastique catage de cet oiseua, superbe, sur la branche avec un très bel éclairage quei le met parfaitement en valeur, grandiose.

Bravo et amitié


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