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The other Gull, with his rather out of focus mate. Different perspective I know, and a fairly standard image, but possibly worth discussion. Camera resting on handrail on which the guls were standing - longer end of focal length and wide aperture to get the restricted depth.

EOS 40D with 18/250 OS Sigma at about 200mm - 320mm. Aperture priority f6.3, ISO400 - shutter speed about 1/800.

Paul

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:18/250 os sigma
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Beady Eye
Username:paulbroad paulbroad
Uploaded:6 Feb 2012 - 8:01 AM
Tags:Close, Depth, Eye, Field, Gull, Nature., Wildlife / nature
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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 8:04 AM

Great comp...
Very nice image...
Well done...

Dave

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
6 Feb 2012 - 9:50 AM

Great composition. Very effective. (Almost like seeing the other cheek through a mirror? Smile)

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 3salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 5:01 PM

The near gull is very sharp and clear and is well complemented by his o.o.focus friend. They both look so serious and are obviously interested in something -you've caught the moment really well.
I would perhaps remove the white blob near the forehead of the distant bird (mod), but it is a great image.

Geoff

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 5:43 PM

I like the comp Paul. Nice detail in the near bird. it could do with a wee bit of processing work perhaps. The back of the near bird is more in shadow which unfortunately coincides with the black post behind it. I have uploaded a mod where I have tried to balance out the exposure by dampening down the whites on the front just a little and lightening the back part of the bird. I used a curves adjustment - so it became a reverse s curve. I cloned out the blob Geoff mentions ( he has done the work in his mod too) plus I had a go at taking out the black post - not quite so successful - I'm sure you could do much better Smile

Best wishes

Catherine

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 9:55 PM

Thanks for mods - both good. That blob needs to go - really hadn't realised how noticeable it was. The cloning is not entirely successful as you say, Cath, but I think you are right - needs doing. Easier on the full size image.

I have noted comments occasionally that suggest pros need not use the critique gallery - I think everyone can learn because things change and this is a good testing grounds. I've been at this game 50 years as my info tells, and I'm still learning.

Paul

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lfc1892
lfc1892  23 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2012 - 10:58 PM

I like it. Th composition is nice, but I like the light on the birds more than anything else. Would have gone for lower ISO for more quality as 1/800 is ample to drop down. Shame about the obtrusive background.

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