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Good morning Epzers.
Loved looking at Carolg's birthday cards and lets hope she had a good birthday. Bertie certainly enjoyed the comments about him.

My Swan family are down to one Cygnet and this one is my favorite as he is very cheeky.
Today's upload is of my Heron as he is ready to ponce on a fish. I didn't realize but one can see all the delicate droplets on the tree branches.

Have a great weekend and I'll catch during the day as internet very slow.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Mar 2012 - 4:49 PM
Focal Length:66mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Ready to Strike
Username:SUE118 SUE118
Uploaded:15 Nov 2013 - 7:26 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 7:36 AM

wonderful colour and detail sue love the comp a belter nice one Wink
andy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 7:40 AM

A beautiful image, Sue. Carol

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paulknight
15 Nov 2013 - 8:14 AM

Lovely soft tones, contrasting with the idea of a killer waiting to strike.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 8:34 AM

Hi Sue, it's delightful, misty, atmospheric. As with a recent upload there are things that could be improved very simply.
It does need a bit of rotation clockwise, the reflections are the give-away. Reflections always drop straight down from the subject whatever the angle they are viewed from. Here if you look at the reflection of that ploe it veers off to the right as it goes down.
You could also reduce the flatness, add a more 3-dimensional feel, with a few tweaks to brightness, contrast, and a small Levels adjustment to bring in some darker tones which are lacking here - they would give 'body'. That could be done without loss of atmosphere.
Do you feel like enabling Mods again and I'll have a go later?
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 15 Nov 2013 - 8:35 AM

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 8:40 AM

We have a visiting heron, but the ponds to small for him. Yours has plenty of room. Regarding the droplets, I often find the camera sees things that I can't. Hope he caught his meal. Grin Peter.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 8:45 AM

Like the atmosphere here Sue, and all the glistening dew
Well captured
Lillian

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 9:21 AM

Ooo...love the little jewely drops on the branches, Sue Smile

Very nice soft glow this has too.

Well timed pre-pounce capture Smile

Andrew

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morpheus1955
15 Nov 2013 - 9:29 AM

Wonderfully atmospheric image Sue, and you have captured the morning dew beautifully

Hugh

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 10:19 AM

Wonderful droplets of water on those branches...perfectly timed capture...love the misty morning...well done

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 10:33 AM

Atmospheric Autumnal scene Sue. The weather plays a pivotal part in there survival, when frozen, no food.
Ron

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achieverswales
15 Nov 2013 - 10:41 AM

He is out for a cheap breakfast Sue, excellent capture.

Regards

Trev.

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lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
15 Nov 2013 - 2:08 PM

Beautiful image Sue well captured.
Allen,Smile

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prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2013 - 3:39 PM

A delightful Grey heron

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2013 - 8:34 PM

Well shot Sue and two good mods.

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