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Seen on Safari at Lewa Downs in Kenya
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From my very amateur point of view, there is not alot wrong with this shot at all. Focus on the eye is perfect and the depth of field allows for some of the thorny branches to be thrown out of focus.
All I would suggest for this would be to clone out the intruding thorns on the right. They appear from nowhere. Removed, they would make the right hand outline of the bird clearer.
This is only my personal view, not meant as any offence. I hope you find it helpful.
Very jealous. Superb, but I, too, would clone out those few thorns on the right.
Welcome to EPZ and the Critique Gallery.
You've got some great comments above from Paul and Guy regarding the thorns and they're spot I think as the thorns are distracting away from your main subject, the bird. The composition is spot on with him (or her) looking back into the image from the edge and the body curve working really well down the thirds line.
Back to the thorns and I think maybe the bottom half of the image is a little too busy with all the branches and thorns down there so I would consider doing a bit of cloning.
I've uploaded a mod to show you what I meant re the cloning and I also lightened the shadows and its eye slightly as well.
Hope this helps
This was the first picture I have posted. The comments are just what was needed and the modification has now showed me what I should be looking at.
Those Canons give fantastic shots from that range so looking forward to seeing more of your shots from Africa...Congrats on a superb first shot. Chen.
This is really excellent..
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