E.J.Wilkins

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Robin

A robin in our garden, taken through a window.

A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

This was taken with my new camera.

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Robin

A robin in our garden, taken through a window.

A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

This was taken with my new camera.

please visit my vfxy
.

comments (20)

I like this one Ellie and it's a good start for your theme. Did the crop if you cropped allow you to acheive such a close up. I only mention it because the glass or shooting through windows doesn't seem to matter much these days with all of the software that availiable.
EJWilkins: Thanks Johnny. smile The bird was about twenty feet away, the picture was taken at an angle through the glass. Yes, it's been cropped because there was bird seed on the paving which looked messy. The window wasn't as clean as it could have been, but I didn't do any editing other than the crop.
  • alex
  • 5 Mar 2007, 01:25
hi ellie, this bird looks great! he's just a little guy, are you using digital zoom? cause if so, you did a great job keeping this one from being grainy. good shot.
EJWilkins: Thanks Alex. No, only the lens and focusing as best I can on the bird's eye ... through the window.
  • dotun
  • 5 Mar 2007, 02:40
Ellie, I love bird shots like this...well captured.
EJWilkins: Hi Dotun, I hope you enjoy the others I've lined up ... of varying quality wink
That's a friendly looking bird. I like the shot and don't think it needs anything done to it to improve it. You could consider running it through noise reduction software to fix up the background, if you want to tweak anything.
EJWilkins: It's quite a friendly chap, on its own terms. We don't like to try to tame garden birds because we have a cat.
I had a go with a noise reduction programme, but it seemed to plasticise the bird, so I abandoned the idea. wink
Nice shot, Ellie. I think you need to reduce the noise a little, maybe shoot at a lower ISO. I also feel you could have blurred the background more by using a higher aperture. But even without all that, the photo is quite good! smile
EJWilkins: That could work Kedar, thanks. The ISO was selected by the camera rather than by me. Higher aperture = more in focus? Sounds worth a try. I'll have a go at most things because I'm very new to using a dslr. wink
Hello Ellie, cute little bird, looks like you're using a digital zoom. So bird series it will be smile
EJWilkins: Yes, digital zoom in that I zoomed in using the computer and chopped off the rubbish wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 5 Mar 2007, 07:34
Little Robin Redbreast looks a bit different in the UK, I've noticed, than our robins in the States. Ours in Michigan have much more blue in the feathers. But the first time we see them there, we know spring is coming. So seeing THIS robin brings a smile to my face.

I LOVE how you have captured this wee creature, Ellie, especially through the glass. I feel like a mother hen, wanting to make sure it stays protected.

It's not graininess I'm seeing as much as wondering if it could use more sharpening? In fact, did you use the SC sharpening at all? But having said that, I know you're starting to get used to your new camera, so I think this is a fabulous first attempt--from so far away and through glass!
EJWilkins: Thanks Ginnie. The idea of this series is to see where I’m going wrong, so when there’s a ‘one of’ shot I don’t mess it up. wink This is one of the first I took with this camera, and I'm still on a very steep learning curve. wink
I know the picture isn’t 'perfect', far from it, and it's quite interesting to see it through other people's eyes; I still see faults that nobody's mentioned.
I'm wondering though, how much might be self-inflicted ... by going in too close with the crop? I got rid of a huge area of the picture, just checked, I could fit more than five of this one along the base and more than three vertically into the landscape original. Hmm, makes you think!
I do use the on-site sharpening, sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn't.
Errm, I’ve gone on a bit …
  • paul
  • 5 Mar 2007, 08:29
Nicely caught Ellie, but I think it could be sharper
  • mal
  • 5 Mar 2007, 08:34
Lol at Robiniho's comment. Unfortunately next doors cat got my resident Robin Hmmm!
EJWilkins: Sorry to hear that Mal, we're hoping our cat behaves herself again this year and leaves them alone.
nice capture.
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal smile
  • Jos-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona)
  • 5 Mar 2007, 10:22
wow!! This is a sweet bird and sweet image
EJWilkins: Gracias Jose smile
So cute and so lovely picture. Thanks Ellie for this one. It's really beautiful.
EJWilkins: Thanks Florence smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Mar 2007, 13:43
Great shot Ellie. The through the window thing always leaves some light sheen over the pic. Maybe just a little light adjustment in pp?

grin at Robin's comment
EJWilkins: Probably a titchy bit Louis, next time. And as for a 'sheen' over the image .. change that to grime please wink
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 5 Mar 2007, 14:52
I'm with Ginnie. Our Robins here are different (and very hard to capture... sad perhaps I should learn to have a "softer" tread)

The sharpness is a bit off, but I think the terrific DOF covers up for it! Can't wait to see the rest of your bird shots
EJWilkins: I hope somebody can get a picture of one of your robins, it'd be great to see smile
I tried to focus on the bird's eye, which is so small at that distance. Yes, not as sharply focused as it would be if somebody with more experience had taken it, but I'll learn, hopefully wink
Cute little guy . The softness of the image makes it a little more romantic like an illustration from a children's book. I like it very much.
EJWilkins: That's a nice thought Josie, I'll 'go for it' as an illustration in a book with grainy paper wink Thanks.
Ellie, at one stage I thought that nobody was actually going to give any constructive crit - I hate "great image", "brilliant shot" etc. when it plainly has flaws. You know yourself, that technically the photo is a bit lacking, I think a noise filter and USM will sort out most of that, there really isn't too much to do. On the plus side, the composition is lovely and the DOF is spot on, colour rendition is pretty much how you saw it I'm sure. So of course, the crop (I checked the EXIF!!) works very nicely. Overall, a nice photo that just needs a little work. Kind regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Hi Neil, I'm happy for anybody to say what they think, and what they've got time for smile

Yes, I agree that technically the picture has flaws which perhaps wouldn't have been so obvious if I hadn't cropped in so close. I’m so hesitant to edit nature, especially when it’s something so many people can relate to. I suppose I could have used a reverse filter to get rid of the slightly opaque layer caused by the grubby window glass, but I didn't think of it at the time. Thanks for the ideas smile
Lovely shot Ellie, really !
EJWilkins: Merci Roland smile
Very sweet shot : Bravo !
  • Julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 10 Mar 2007, 08:15
Nice capture of a robin. I know it's hard to get them because they are really shy.
  • Tom
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2007, 22:17
This little guy is so cute... Great photo Ellie. Taking photos of birds isn't too easy as you probably know. You did a nice job with this. smile

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