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Hi...thanks again for your C & C 's on my previous uploads:

...this is another shot from my last visit to Chester zoo and I would appreciate some critique :

...thanks for looking:

stay lucky....Mike

Title:Flamingo at Chester zoo
Username:MikeRC MikeRC
Uploaded:19 Jun 2008 - 9:02 AM
Tags:Chester zoo, Flamingo, Mikerc, Pets / captive animals
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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 9:22 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

To my mind this is a very successful pic. You have caught the bird in a beautiful pose which has given you a good view of the head and the eye. The feathers are lovely. The bird is nice and sharp but you have thrown the background well out of focus. The crop is a safe one but I have no problem with that.

The only thing I would query is the colour. Flamingoes vary enormously in colour so I am not sure but I wonder if you have boosted the saturation here. The colours look just slightly on the garish side.

Catherine

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Guillaume
Guillaume  7119 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 10:22 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great shot Mike. Agree with all the comments from Catherine above and in particular about having boosted the saturation. That said, I do like the end-result. My only recommendation (really minor) would be to clone out the white grass in the background that seems to be going thro' the flamingo's neck. This is the only 'messy bit' in the background and whilst really minor, I think it would improve the shot. Lowering saturation and boosting contrast a little might give the whole image a more natural look.

Guillaume

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 6:56 PM

A lovely pose and capture Mike. I am inclined to agree with comments on the richness of colour. It makes a cracking image but does'nt quite ring true.
Ron

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MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93488 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 - 8:18 AM

...thanks for the critique people....greatly appreciated :

.....Mike

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 4:53 PM

A lovely shot Mike.
Geoff.

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Marian
Marian  862 forum posts England
26 Jun 2008 - 11:07 PM

Had a go at doing a "Mod", but in toning down the saturation I have brought back the grass at the back, and maybe made it too light. Oh well, I tired.
Marian

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MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93488 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 - 2:13 PM

...thanks for the mod Marian....it's certainly as good as the original :

.....Mike

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Foxfire
Foxfire  10322 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 - 6:53 PM

You want some critique on perfection?
Great shot, also amazing to see such vivid colour in a captive Flamingo, they must be feeding him the right stuff, unlike Marwell Zoo in Hampshire.

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