Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bird's sharp, but is the bokeh okay?

Getting the bird in focus is paramount: a lovely out-of-focus (bokeh) background is desirable but often impossible when stalking in the field. Got the bokeh with Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) on Orient Station post. Pity about the scruffy grass.

Better with Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus), though the stalk is a little ragged.


Two views from same frame of distant Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) come closer to getting it right.

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