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I'm thinking maybe your eyes lead to the centre of this picture and there is nothing there apart from pond weed. Any comments appreciated

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-70.0 mm f/2.8-4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Feb 2012 - 10:34 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.9
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Ducks in the Mist
Username:KatyJ KatyJ
Uploaded:6 Feb 2012 - 8:53 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Wildlife / nature
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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 8:56 PM

Lovely image, it exudes tranquillity. Nice one. Smile

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8528 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 9:11 PM

Enchanting, I love the soft movement of that bird's wings.
Moira

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 9:58 PM

This is very nice indeed. I have no problem with composition other than the tiny comment that the duck on the right would have been better swimming into the picture - but that hardly matters. Exposure spot on.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 10:24 PM

It works just as it is. it hangs together as a scene, and I find my eyes are looking around and enjoying what I see, and lot looking for anything missing.



Regards


Willie

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KatyJ
KatyJ  5 England
6 Feb 2012 - 10:41 PM

Thanks for your comments. Paul I did try the duck on his own the way you suggested but in the end I found it more restful having them all going in the same direction

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lfc1892
lfc1892  23 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 10:49 PM

Nice shot and well framed, and I love the high key bits, but there's something missing from it for me. Still nice shot though.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 10:32 AM

I think the composition is fine. You have got a triangle going on with the ducks in three positions which helps to move the eye around the picture. The flying ones are a particularly nice as they are just that little bit different and provide some movement in all the stillness.

best wishes

Catherine

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4734 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 2:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A beautiful shot !!.....lovely arrangement & great atmospherics !!!

The only minor point for me......I think the area of water is overwhelming the image a wee bit ??....maybe a slightly lower viewpoint would have overcome that ?....so....
I've done a simple mod to reduce the water area, by raising the bottom edge of the image, without cropping it, so it retains all the elements.....& enlarged the ducks a
bit, to make them more prominent ! Finally adjusted the 'Levels' a tiny bit, & added a thin black border to hold everything together..................

Not meant as a criticism, just my idea on what this lovely shot could end up like !!!.....regards....Keith.Smile

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KatyJ
KatyJ  5 England
10 Feb 2012 - 4:31 PM

Thanks Keith

I like your suggestions and I think this works better. That space was worrying me. Funny though when you know the pond so well you don't really like to see it looking more like a river so I think that's why I had not thought of it before!

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