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My thanks Dudler!
My thanks mrswoolybill!
My thanks all! Some very good points shared - the backgrounds were nearly all busy sadly, though I could have shot from the other side and at least cut some of the balcony elements out of the shots.
Technically speaking I can't see anything wrong with this photo at all, at this scale on the web. You've even used the -2/3rds exposure compensation to help counter the brighter parts of the white bird from overexposing (the whites along the back look strong white, but I don't think they've overexposed - histogram on your computer should be able to give you a more definitive answer, but they don't stand out to me at all).
Many thanks for the compliments and crits both!
Gah Sorry for not noticing this sooner Scutter/Ben
Thanks for the comments Stuart!
Lovely series of shots and a great chance to capture shots of both subjects - one could not ask for more. The 3rd appears the sharpest kinfisher shot though I prefer the looks of the first shot overall.
Soo sorry for the long reply wait - I was away for a few days!
Thanks for the input all!
Many thanks for the input
I really like the idea of this shot - good lighting coming through the mushroom and getting a good low angle to show that aspect in the shot! The bright and colourful background also works well to offset against the more drab colourings of the main subject.
I've been looking at this macro shot for some time, even looking at the large version, but something seems off to my eye. It might just be that this butterfly has vastly different colourings to the ones I am used to seeing, but if you look at the wing closest to the camera around the shoulder, lower bpdy and in some areas back along the length of the wing there is a really odd colouring - the like I normaly see when I pull the levels or curves lines a little too much on one direction.