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dristikon18
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Kindly Comment

White-naped Woodpecker (কাঠঠোকরা)

Clicked at early morning on Sunday (14 March 2019) at Valley School Forest area, Bangalore (India) with Nikon D5300 + 200-500mm lens at 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 360, AF-C, Dynamic 9 points, (Aperture Priority)

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Blanche Bovine Regular Member • Posts: 385
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dristikon18 wrote:

White-naped Woodpecker (কাঠঠোকরা)

Clicked at early morning on Sunday (14 March 2019) at Valley School Forest area, Bangalore (India) with Nikon D5300 + 200-500mm lens at 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 360, AF-C, Dynamic 9 points, (Aperture Priority)

It's a nice shot but a little soft.

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riveredger Veteran Member • Posts: 3,198
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dristikon18 wrote:

White-naped Woodpecker (কাঠঠোকরা)

Clicked at early morning on Sunday (14 March 2019) at Valley School Forest area, Bangalore (India) with Nikon D5300 + 200-500mm lens at 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 360, AF-C, Dynamic 9 points, (Aperture Priority)

Need to get closer and get more of the subject in the frame.

nevada5
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I can do that

I'll comment kindly first.  I like the composition, as a documentary-style image.  Shows the bird in just the environment you'd expect to see him.  Nothing at all wrong with that.

The not-necessarily-kindly comment I have is that the focus seems to be on the bird's lower body.  Naturally, I've been told for so long that the eye must be sharp - the point of focus - so I just look there first.  So.... I would say that's where improvement could be made next time.  I didn't see any exif data, so maybe stopping down the lens would bring the eye in focus as well as the body.

Good job.

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Twitchly
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Nice job on isolating the subject with a blank background. I like the simple composition.

The bird is in shadow, which of course you couldn’t do much about (those pesky birds just won’t do what we tell them!) so I might try lightening the bird a little using the dodge tool in Photoshop (or equivalent). And as others have mentioned, I might crop the photo a bit to bring the subject forward.

Birds are one of the harder things to capture well, in my experience. Good job.

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Ron Poelman
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Orig.

You might try to shoot a bracket of exposures.
It is very hard to judge subject lighting at that range, so a selection of exposures would give you a better chance of nailing it.
You might also look at final PP before putting it on display, especially when you've reduced the size so much. (the second version is slightly sharpened and brightened for a little more bird detail).
Also suggest in future, you post these to the Nikon Forum where you will be able to get a lot more specific advice than here.

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