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Taken last year at Bempton Cliffs. My first introduction to 'flying birds'-speed/panning etc!
Not sure if the composition is right. I know I needed some negative space but not sure how much? Does it need anything more/less?
Ive cropped it & adjusted the colours etc.

Any advice welcome!Smile

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jun 2013 - 12:09 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Gannet getting ready for the off!
Username:Pollyjc Pollyjc
Uploaded:15 May 2014 - 8:37 AM
Tags:Bird with wings out, Birds wildlife, Gannet, Gannet on cliffs, Wildlife / nature
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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11103 forum postsdudler vcard England311 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2014 - 9:26 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think there's a trade-off between what might be the ideal for showing hte intention to fly - a quite big space up and to the left - and concentrating on the bird itself. Art versus twitcher, so to speak!

And this is a pretty good compromise - it certainly isn't cramped, but the bid is a very major part of the shot.

You could crop more expansively, and I've done a mod to show this - but it won't be to everyone's taste. It'll be interesting to see what others make of this. (I've also done a "flopped" version, as left-to-right tends to look more like going forward, as that's the way we write...)

Incidentally, the basic technicalities are fine, I reckon. The tricky part is the white on the far wing, and you've held tone there.

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NDODS e2 Member 43230 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2014 - 11:30 AM

Valid points, still a very well captured image, nice and sharp where it matters...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Pollyjc
Pollyjc e2 Member Pollyjc vcard England
15 May 2014 - 12:12 PM

Hi, thank to both for comments etc

Before cropping too much I did have more space above the bird, but as you say it's subjective & I really wanted other views which, I have from you & Nathan which I definitely will take on board, thank you!
I think the 'flopped' version does look a little as though it has been reversed, to me anyway.

Cheers, PollySmile

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dark_lord Critique Team 101474 forum postsdark_lord vcard England128 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2014 - 8:54 PM

Bempton Cliffs is a great place to get close to thes great birds without a sea voyage.

You have managed to get a nice detailed shot of the bird, and it's good that it has space 'to move into'.

Unfortunately because of the location you do have to be careful of shooting through the vegetation. It creates a nice frame here and you've avoided it covering too much of the bird.
However, the angle you've been forced to use has given it a cramped look. It would be better to see some separation between the wings and neck, which would inject some drama and action.
It's a decent record of the bird there, working better as a supporting rather than a main image.

Keith

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