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I'm cold
I'm cold

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Challenge: Cold II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Sigma 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Compact Hyperzoom Aspherical for Pentax
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Date: Jan 30, 2010
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250s
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2010

Taken in the city park. An old lady brought food for the bird, I guess the bird was her only friend.

Place: 48 out of 154
Avg (all users): 5.7381
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.4643
Avg (non-participants): 5.8377
Views since voting: 1545
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 210
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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02/14/2010 11:44:14 PM
Greetings from the critique club!

It looks like those who stopped to comment really liked this. I think the biggest problem for this image, as mentioned by one of the previous commenters is the focus on the bird. I see that you shot at 200 ISO. If you had shot at 400 ISO you could have use a smaller aperture resulting in more depth of field. With any lens, you lose sharpness when you shoot at extremes (Right at the long end of your zoom, wide open or stopped right down). Its better to shoot about stop less than full to get maximum sharpness. You had a good choice in shutter speed though to help counter camera shake.

The image is a little bit underexposed so a minor correction with curves or levels would go a long way.

As for meeting the challenge? This definitely conveys cold while providing an interesting subject. Ideally, it would be nice to take a step or two forward but with small birds such as these, I am often happy to get any sort of picture let alone the ideal one (in terms of composition, framing, background etc.).

Overall, a pretty good shot with a lot of potential I think.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2010 11:08:51 PM
"I believe you, Little Buddy!" :)
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02/09/2010 09:53:27 AM
very good
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02/08/2010 06:48:13 PM
Lovely capture, the far background is very nice but the brance top left spoils it a bit for me, not much you could have done about it though, well done.
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02/08/2010 10:46:02 AM
Very Nice!
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02/07/2010 08:44:49 PM
Nice image. Poor guy certainly looks cold too.
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02/04/2010 02:41:55 PM
poor birdie is cold. He seems a tad out of focus.
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02/03/2010 12:03:46 PM
Beautiful composition.
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