I really like that Blue Tit Mark - quite an unusual pose I think, with that head on look. I like the contrast of the thorny surroundings with the bird. Not sure if the grainey-ness is distracting or not.
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I think Mark might have got miffed because I mentioned the noise, actually as one bird photographer too another I really don’t care about a bit of noise, you takes what you get, I’ve posted noisy bird photos myself, it’s the subject that’s the important bit and because I know how difficult it really is to even get a small bird photo. I was going too say based on his reply about how far away he was that with flash it’s possible too have a much shallower light depth than the focus depth and sometimes it’s actually better to be a bit further away and zoom in, then you can sometimes get the flash depth to agree more closely with the focus depth…if your lucky. Greg
Yes, the image is cropped. I was standing about 8 meters away.
As Greg, I don't mind a little noise in my pictures. I don't mind cropping them either. I don't know why exactly, but I find most photographers too sensitive about cropping and PP. I don't care, as long as I get the results I want. I don't like too much PP myself, so I use PP only for getting the sensor dust off my image, crop if needed, add a little bit of sharpness and change the exposure as I like to ETTR for my birding.
The noise in this image is probably due to post processing I guess. Did a +0,5 exposure, 50 sharpness and +2 saturation as the flash made the yellow a bit flat. I also corrected the steel eye in the eyes of the bird. I shot on ISO 400 with my a580. I use Photoshop CS 5.5 btw.
Greg, don't know what "miffed" means, but if it's another word for "pissed", I am not! Don't mind critique, it only helps getting better. And the nice thing about an opinion is that I don't have to agree I'll take a look at PP'ing the noise a little. Maybe a Gaussians Blur will help
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