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Wink I caught this bush stone curlew catching the yabbie under the water, He had been extremely still just waiting to pounce. Any critique would be welcome , thanks Lamby

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Sep 2011 - 5:05 PM
Focal Length:185mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:2200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:The catch
Username:lamby lamby
Uploaded:3 Nov 2011 - 7:00 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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AndyD999
AndyD999  243 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2011 - 3:04 PM

I like the idea of what you have done here and the birds eye looks stunning.

However, the way you have faded out parts of the bird i don't think work that well as you have left part of the bird on the right un faded. I think it might look better if you put a gradient filter on the picture to fade from left to right that way your eye is not drawn to the right of the photo.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2011 - 5:11 PM

Your other pic of the stone curlew is lovely. I am not sure what has happened herewith the diffuse areas, whether you are trying some processing technique or what but it doesn't work for me. We need to see the fish clearly because it is an important part of the story of what is going on.

Best wishes

Catherine

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ketch
ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2011 - 7:28 PM

Was there something else closer to the lens (a blade of grass)? The detail around teh eye is stunning and that wriggly thing you call a yabbie - just caught in the bg is magic.

I think I would have been tempted to try a fairly radical crop to really frame the area of interest and lose the weird fading effect rhs.

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lamby
lamby  3
4 Nov 2011 - 6:18 AM

Hi guys,

thanks for your comments, I have presented the image almost as it was caught, I have not tried any gradients, as I am not good at that. I do admit it looks like that, but I think Ketch was right a blade of grass blowing in the wind got in the way. I will try a radical crop, but my other ones of this bird are better. Thanks very much , I will try again. Lamby

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2011 - 7:58 PM

there is obviously something in the foreground very out of focus - and I'm afraid there is nothing you are going to do about that. to much covered I fear.

paul

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