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I see a lot of bird in flight shots via my fishing/photography mate who is currently trying to decide on how to get truly pin sharp images. Practice, gear quality or both.
Basically, you need to decide yourself on crop. It is very personal to get composition right for the eye, or for the purpose. Without general reference to your image, I would use mono, it does suite. I would crop below the horizon. You do not need any sky and the yacht draws the eye. I would crop quite close with most room on the left. Might even flip the image so they are running left to right. Fits the eye better.
A good try with attractive lighting on the feathers. Unfortunately, that lighting means the head is strongly under lit. I also think the wings look quite sharp, but the head less so.
A good idea and quite impressive in many ways. The quality is not good. That could simply be the situation but I suspect some movement with that very long exposure and f36? I doubt your lens actually goes down to that. Tiny apertures may be the thing for depth of field but the lens resolution can drop off a lot, meaning the sharpness falls. A wider aperture, f16 may be, would easily be enough.
I'm guessing you didn't use a tripod? The idea is generally good but nothing is totally sharp. You must have the camera held rigid for such shots. F25 will not get the best results from a kit lens, or most lenses. You needed to be no more than f16. f8/11 will be the sweet spot.
I find the sun too bright. It may be personal, but the glare and flare spoil the effect for me. This is where the discrepancies come in whwpen judging. If I were judging and comparing this to a shot with some 2 stops less exposure, I think I would be going for the darker image.
Pretty good. It does seem a bit over saturated, but it is difficult to tell what the basic colour tones should be. There is the tiniest discrepancy in focusing. The thumb is just a tiny bit sharper than the snakes jphead. Not much, but obvious when you blow up the image.
Basis of a good shot, but there is some softness due to the low shutter speed and you are a bit over exposed as indicated in the burnt out nose detail and bright background.
A reasonable family shot but you need a bit more thought. First, you must ensure that you focus on the eyes. They should be sharp in a portrait and they are a touch soft here. For studuonwork I would have the camera on a tripod to allow you to move around, then use manual focus to ensure the correct sharp plane.
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