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You are likely already aware of one of the "rules" of portraits, which is that the nose should not break the contour of the cheek.
On a scale of 1-perfect this is a good 8, erring to 9! it should be a 10 in most people's eyes and maybe they would be right, after all you can't exactly control where the light falls / does not fall on the subject. Easily good enough for my UA today.
Barbara, I can see that you are not new to photography so am wary of leaving any unsolicited advice - if it causes offence in any way then I genuinely apologise.
Just an opinion, and apologies if not appreciated, but I think a little more thought regards the choice of Aperture and strength / position of your lighting would have improved the image.
I am completely with you regards moving vs static images although our methods differ somewhat, and the inherent problem with yours is that you end up with an image that is (marginally) weakened by it's composition.
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Added Date: 18/04/2014 - 8:55 AM
Great portfolio! I guess captive birds - but really do not care as so well captured. Somewhat different to my own photography attempt in the Tatras, cam Bear trekking... found sh*t in the woods.
Added Date: 17/03/2014 - 9:57 AM
Very often a 'varied' portfolio shows up someone's weaknesses. Not so here, well done on an interesting and competent selection.
Added Date: 02/01/2014 - 10:38 AM
nice varied selection even from a specialised subject, i'm with you on the 'like' issue - the only thing worse being "ahh, that's cute"
Added Date: 20/10/2013 - 10:33 PM
some excellent stuff here, lovely detail and great variety of images eve with the same subject
Added Date: 11/10/2013 - 12:06 PM
what i really really like is the fact that even the nudes are subtle - well done for NOT taking the same approach as many others
Added Date: 26/08/2013 - 10:14 AM
well Neil, some of your stuff is good.... but some is astounding! only saw you for first time today, due to the fabulous Swifts.
Added Date: 10/06/2013 - 11:49 AM
fabulous collection - surely one of the most consistent / high quality on here. can't see any exif at all - what are you using Brian?
Added Date: 24/05/2013 - 8:11 AM
some truly great images here Lee
Added Date: 13/04/2013 - 7:43 AM
i am delighted to have found and viewed your pf, and gutted to have not seen it before
Added Date: 02/03/2013 - 6:32 PM
surprised i have not noticed you before given similar interests -have to say i am somewhat envious of the Goldfinch, perhaps i could trade you for a few Redpoll
Added Date: 16/02/2013 - 6:22 AM
great pf of detailed images
Added Date: 03/02/2013 - 5:17 PM
Ignoring those where you have 'done a Levett'*, a good pf building up here Barrie
(*for those not familiar with the phraseology... see 'applied a vignette or texture somewhat badly' - named affectionately after a member of local camera club)
Added Date: 01/02/2013 - 2:54 PM
Fabulous gallery of images that make you come back and look again. Inspiring
Added Date: 28/01/2013 - 10:53 PM
some great work and a portfolio i shall come back to
Added Date: 22/12/2012 - 9:00 AM
a lovely looking pf, full of colour, detail and great composition