Tam Phan  

Happy to meet together by Tam Phan

May 2020 - Happy to meet together

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Last year, I went to Beaumont Texas to take pictures of egrets. Waiting to have a good place, I took this shot.
On tripod,my Nikon D800. Big lens for me -Nikon 400 mm. Mode M. F4 with speed 1/500 sec. May I have your comments to improve my photography skill. Thanks.

8 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
You did well Tam. Composition is really good considering you had to wait and probably didn't get the prime spot. The bird on the nest is very nice. I do think that you have too much exposure on the birds. Reduce via curves or exposure. I would try to get the sky to have more blue while you are doing some adjusting. The flying bird has face in shadow. Unsure if you can brighten that up. You didn't mention your iso but a higher iso would of allowed you to shoot at 1/750 or 1/1000 and stopping the wing motion. Just me, but thinking that you regularly do not get this opportunity, I would of used Aperture priority, maybe even bracketing, because there is not a lot of time during an event like this to make adjustments in your shooting settings.   Posted: 05/10/2020 20:11:58

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Beautiful catch, but I agree a smaller aperture would help with the focus. Birds in flight are one of the toughest subjects to do. I would also crop a bit on the right since there is so much empty space. I used NIK to make changes it there appears to be color or some type of pattern in the background. I just used a color adjustment. You certainly need a tripod for that lens!   Posted: 05/11/2020 14:57:50
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I did a lot of this during the 6-7 years I was going to FL every winter. I had a D500 - 70-200 lens w/2x teleconverter - HEAVY. I found a monopod was much better than a tripod in that environment.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:15:19

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Very nice shot, sure difficult with a long lens as the one you used. Perhaps a smaller aperture would have made the birds sharper but it can likely be worked on post processing. I added a mask in LR to add texture and clarity on the birds, it also added a bit more shadows which I think makes them pop a bit more. I slightly changed the Hue of the sky to my personal liking. Great shot! You must have a lot of patience:-)   Posted: 05/11/2020 15:25:53
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Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Really neat capture. I think there does need to be more contrast between the birds and the sky. I like Judy's rendition.   Posted: 05/11/2020 18:45:33

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I like the interaction of the birds, and they look sharp to me. Good work. You did a good job processing your image and the story is terrific.
Most of our friends who do shoot wildlife images shoot on shutter priority, and generally around 1/1500 sec, unless trying to show motion. One of the problems with shooting midday wildlife is the sunlight is harsh, unless you get a cloudy day, which causes some blowout on white birds. If you were able to shoot a string of these images, I would look for one where the male's wing is not covering his face.
Nikon has a 300 mm and 500 mm Fresnel PF lenses that are pretty sharp and weigh much less than the equivalent birding lenses if you want to rent one. Nature and wildlife take too much work for me, and too little sleep for Dorinda.   Posted: 05/13/2020 16:10:12

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Tam, you have a nice capture here. I'm guessing you picked this nest and waited for some action, which is a good strategy for rookeries. I used shutter priority (1000-1500). I like Judy's treatment of the image.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:20:15

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
All of your advises are very precious to me.Thanks so much.I learn from you experiences,your views,your corrections in photo shop...I don't forget your kindness...   Posted: 05/19/2020 21:51:35


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