Geoffrey Wiggins  

Copers Creek by Geoffrey Wiggins

November 2019 - Copers Creek

About the Image(s)

This pic was taken a month or so again in the centre of Aust on the banks of the Copers Creek in the early morning. This river system is part of the Diamantina. I have tried to work out what kind of bird it is but I have had no luck. Taken at 500mm f5.6 1/800 sec. I guess the low F stop means I did not get the tips of the wings in focus but I did not want to push the ISO up higher than 400, I don’t like the pic getting too grainy.

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13 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Wow, a great shot, Geoffrey! I think you did an awesome job. Were you using a tripod or panning? I'm trying to learn how to get bird pix, now that I am in Florida.

What camera are you shooting with? A lot of cameras have really low nice and the noise reduction software available now can take noise out of a really high ISO pic.

The bird seems a bit centered...I would want to maybe crop a bit behind him so it creates more space for him to fly into. I will look forward to our bird experts opinions.   Posted: 11/02/2019 20:30:35
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks again Brenda I have added a little in the front in Photoshop. Thanks for the suggestion Pierre agrees with you so do I   Posted: 11/03/2019 17:12:22

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks for your interest Brenda, I use a Nikon D800, When I take bird that are white I usually like to shot at 1/2000 sec at f8. ISO 200 or 400 (that suits the Aust Light). I don't like to go much higher ISO because of noise. I am interested in cameras that reduce the noise. What cameras have you found that do this? Having said all that this pic was taken as above. The reason being that it was early morning and the conditions were a little dark. I did not use a tripod, I find them too restricting. i did pan concentrating on the birds eye. I don't take multiple shots I would rather concentrate on the bird and wait until the conditions are as I want them. I agree with you and could have left a little more space in front of the bird. I did crop a little off the back, but the pic I am presenting is full frame and there was no more in front. I guess I could add a little to the front using Lightroom.   Posted: 11/03/2019 01:33:06

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Very nice and sharp capture. Great details. Nice bokeh.
On your capture, do you have a little bit more room on the left side? I believe that showing more on the left would direct the attention on where this bird if flying to (Looks like a white-faced heron) and enhance your image. In general, I do not like to frame my animals right in the middle.   Posted: 11/03/2019 10:13:10
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Pierre for your comment. I do agree with you that a little more on the left would be good. I did not have any more on the left though. I will have a n attempt to add a little in Photoshop.   Posted: 11/03/2019 15:25:24
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Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The eye and beak are perfectly sharp. I think it is ok to have the wing tips blurred as it shows movement. Your second image does take the bird out of the centre which is an advantage. The background has been beautifully handled.   Posted: 11/08/2019 09:54:53

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Beautiful bird, Geoffrey. The feather detail is nice, and background is nicely out of focus. The eye is tack sharp with a highlight. I do feel that it would be helpful to crop a tiny bit off the right and add canvas on the left to give the bird more room to move.   Posted: 11/08/2019 15:48:16
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
thanks Candy for your comment, did my modified version need more modifying?   Posted: 11/08/2019 19:20:28
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
The canvas you have added in the front is perfect. I would still take a little off the back, not too much.   Posted: 11/09/2019 12:58:19

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Nice catch Geoffrey. It is difficult to get a sharp image of birds and flight, especially when panning but you nailed it with this one.   Posted: 11/09/2019 18:45:04

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Kind of you Dean, thanks   Posted: 11/10/2019 01:22:51

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
The focus on the bird is really nice. It really draws the eye to the bird which is enhanced by the blurred background.   Posted: 11/24/2019 21:40:27
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Jacob   Posted: 11/24/2019 23:51:38