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On one of the earlier uploads people suggested a square crop, well this is not quite square.

Anyway not convinced myself, but worth an upload.

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Not Quite Square
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:9 Jun 2010 - 8:06 PM
Tags:Falco tinnunculus, Kestrel, Pets / captive animals
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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 8:07 PM

wow that amazing work

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MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 83464 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
9 Jun 2010 - 8:11 PM

Stunning shot :
...about to upload a kestrel myself...not at all sure whether to bother now. Smile

.....Mike

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 442 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 8:15 PM

Love the fanned tail feathers, Superb detailed shot, I would think your normal size format with more space to the left would of suited this better, especially with the bird looking in that direction.

Last Modified By Brian_Scott at 9 Jun 2010 - 8:17 PM

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cassiecat
cassiecat  539 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 8:22 PM

gorgeous i love the way the bird is framed by the branches. great pose. one for my shortlist.lesley

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7293 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 8:24 PM

Just amazing ...and beautiful.

Keith

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 8:32 PM

Thanks all.

Ah go Mike you know you want to.

Thanks Keith for the UA.

Probably right Brian, was just looking for one that was a little different to the previous uploads to try the crop. I work so hard on composition when in the field to get 3x2 or 2x3 that I very rarely crop to square. I suppose this more 5x4.

Although the tree branches end pretty promptly just out of frame, so maybe more space that way would be wasted.

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Bonico
Bonico  4 Romania
9 Jun 2010 - 8:39 PM

Nicely done, great clarity!

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 442 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 8:51 PM

I did wonder that so hearing that it makes alot of sense. I knew there would be a reason behind it, Great work the detail is superb Wink

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 9:07 PM

A beautiful feather display very well captured - lovely detail - Ina

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Oliverpants
Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 9:42 PM

One of the best bird shots I have seen, I love everything about it. Ann

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 10:17 PM

That's a superb comp Cheryl

Jon

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Julian
Julian  976 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 10:32 PM

Intersting pose, and nice framing. It seems like it's matling prey. Background is brill.

Julian

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 10:57 PM

Cracking pose Cheryl and like the presentation and natural framing from the trees.
Might have just increased the contrast a touch though
Richard

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TanyaHailey
9 Jun 2010 - 11:32 PM

WOW fantastic capture.....Tanya

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2010 - 11:59 PM

Absolutely superb in every way. Top class professional shot.
Ronnie.

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Mari
Mari e2 Member 101825 forum postsMari vcard Wales
10 Jun 2010 - 9:25 AM

This has to be a stuffed kestrel Cheryl, for you to get such an amazing shot!!
Wink

Only joking! its fantastic, love the spread of tail feathers

Hope all well with you

Mari

Last Modified By Mari at 10 Jun 2010 - 9:25 AM

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 10:55 AM

I think most would have left more room to the left but for me it's the beautiful outsretched wings that draw my attention here and I therefore feel the almost central placement is perfect. Detail and quality is what we have come to expect from you but agree with Richard re the comment about contrast,
Geoff.

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Imagephotographics

Fabulous capture - well done indeed

Chris

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53989 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 2:25 PM

What a wonderful display. Excellent capture.
Chris

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 2:26 PM

For me this is perfect! so well captured with the tail fanned out, I would be happy to see it framed...any way!.... a truely WOW shot and I love it!
Lillian

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7293 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 5:30 PM

Just having another look at this superb image.
Agree it is a bit pale ...BUT....as for the comp needing more room to the left...I dissagree.The large green area to the left of the bird DOES give the immpression that the bird is more to the right.The natural framing of the branches and the square format with the formal presentation all fit together so well.
I cannot believe it was Brian who sugested needing more room for the bird to fly into when he did not practice this in an earlied upload.

Thanks
keith

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
10 Jun 2010 - 5:37 PM

Super shot with plenty of detail. I quite like this format but as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Vince

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 442 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 5:58 PM


Quote: Just having another look at this superb image.
Agree it is a bit pale ...BUT....as for the comp needing more room to the left...I dissagree.The large green area to the left of the bird DOES give the immpression that the bird is more to the right.The natural framing of the branches and the square format with the formal presentation all fit together so well.
I cannot believe it was Brian who sugested needing more room for the bird to fly into when he did not practice this in an earlied upload.

Thanks
keith

MEOW!!!! LOL

I never said this didnt work

I also never said the bird needed more room to fly into, For starters its perched and not even flying

Dont think Keith likes me Wink

Last Modified By Brian_Scott at 10 Jun 2010 - 6:03 PM

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:15 PM

Oh dear, calm down it's only a crop Grin

Contrast looks fine on this monitor, and it had the same processing as previous images so not sure. Just compared it alongside one of the others and they look the same to me, maybe just an illusion due to the relative size of the bird and the fact the other images had much more greenery.

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James_C
James_C  436 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2010 - 11:35 AM

Wonderful and unusual shot. Love it.

James

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 12:21 AM

I think the composition here is spot-on. You have a bit more space on the left than on the right and I think that's enough, even though the kestrel's eye is centred. Interesting pose, too.

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