PAVO REAL

Digital SLR Photography - - Expert Critique - by Hooman Ziya

Canon EOS 6D with Canon EF 70- 300mm f/ 4- 5.6L IS USM. Ex­po­sure: 1/ 60sec at f/ 5 ( ISO 800).

What we think: We love the frame- fill­ing na­ture of this im­age, and the pea­cock's dis­play gives your eye plenty to ex­plore. Com­pos­ing the shot so that the bird is look­ing ' into' the frame from the right- hand third was a good choice and bal­ances the com­po­si­tion well too. As with Adrian's im­age on the pre­vi­ous page, Hooman has upped his cam­era's ISO to keep the shut­ter speed in check, al­though he has done well to cap­ture such a sharp pho­to­graph at 1/ 60sec! Why it works A frame- fill­ing na­ture por­trait Nice fram­ing and bal­ance Good tech­nique

Wildlife ex­pert Ben Hall

“Pea­cocks are un­doubt­edly one of the most pho­to­genic birds, and Hooman has done well to cap­ture this in­di­vid­ual in all its splen­dour. The most crit­i­cal part of a por­trait shot, no matter the species, is nearly al­ways the eye, and here it looks pin- sharp. The light­ing is soft and even, help­ing to re­veal plenty of plumage de­tail. The com­po­si­tion is ef­fec­tive, with the eye rest­ing on the up­per right third, but I feel this im­age would also work with a cen­tral com­po­si­tion, es­pe­cially if the bird was look­ing straight down the lens. This would suit the sym­met­ri­cal na­ture of the sub­ject. A smaller aper­ture such as f/ 8 or f/ 11 would have also helped to bring the tail feath­ers into sharper fo­cus. There looks to be a slight yel­low cast so I've edited a ver­sion my­self ( left) – I've de­creased the colour tem­per­a­ture in Light­room. As the tail feath­ers are slightly soft, I soft­ened them fur­ther us­ing the Clar­ity slider to em­pha­sise the bird's head. Over­all, this is a lovely shot of a stun­ning bird.”

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