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this was taken early one sunday morning back in oct 08. i was just standing there wondering what to take and i turned around to capture this, purley by accident

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70 - 300
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:flocking fantastic
Username:tinareid1 tinareid1
Uploaded:16 Apr 2009 - 4:16 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2009 - 5:02 PM

A warm welcome to EPZ, Tina.

I like your photo. It has a very tranquil feel to it with the boats and their reflections, but then you have the contrast with the chaos of the flock of birds. The quality of the light is nice, quite subdued, which gives an effect almost like a painting.

The only other point I would mention is that I wonder if there are two many boats in the scene? The three on the right give a very pleasing triangle. I have uploaded a mod for you where I have cropped out the boats on the left. Sometimes less is better and fewer boats is more in keeping with your minimalistic style of pic.

Regards

Catherine

PS Your pic is a bit on the small side - you can upload up to 600 pixels on the longest side. A bigger pic helps the CG team to give you a better advice and it is easier for us to do mods.

Last Modified By CathR at 16 Apr 2009 - 5:03 PM

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2009 - 7:24 PM

Hello, Tina, and welcome to EPZ. This reminds me of when I saw a fishing boat coming home with hoards of seagulls following behind, I was overjoyed, had always wanted to capture that. This is a nice "accident" and glad you turned around. What makes it for me is the number of birds in flight, and their reflections in the water. There is a long cloud on the horizon that they seem to be following. But you also have a nice image of boats and their reflections, which would have been good even without the birds, lol.. The birds make good silhouettes against the subtle sky. I agree with Catherine about the number of boats in the scene but, instead of cropping, I cloned out the left-hand ones because I liked the way the space gave depth to the image. Your exposure is good, the tones are nice and muted, but I felt they could do with a boost in colour. I'd also like to have seen the end of the mast reflection in the foreground, as it feels a bit "cut off". In my modification, I cloned out the boats on the left, added canvas to the bottom and cloned in the mast end reflection, then increased the saturation to boost the colour and adjusted levels.
Pamela.
PS: Mod 2, just remembered to straighten the horizon.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 16 Apr 2009 - 7:29 PM

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2009 - 7:29 PM

like the added saturation of pamelas mod.lesley

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