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This image was taken at a place called kokkare bellur, one of the nesting sites in india for painted storks.

Lens:55-250 Canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Mar 2013 - 4:02 PM
Title:Friends
Username:ukgubbi ukgubbi
Uploaded:3 Apr 2013 - 5:58 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 Apr 2013 - 7:48 AM

This is a lovely capture !! It looks amazing to see them on top of the trees Smile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2013 - 9:08 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

ok. Critique... it is not easy to take birds with a short lens, but those are big enough to stand a chance. a group like this is spectacular, exposure and light are spot on.
I would have cropped off the twigs on the right, some of the green in the bottom and removed the greey twig in the front. it is quite easy with any cloning tool. if that is too tricky, you can always dye it green with a brush and colour only.

maybe I would have gone for just two of them in 'dialogue'.

It often helps to wait till you get the right view, with no interfering branches etc, like at takeoff.
well that is my two cents worth of bird experience.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2013 - 9:45 AM

I don't 'do' birds so I leave the practicalities to Annette. But I downloaded the file and had a look at it - it's a good quality image, the birds are sharp and clean-looking against the sky, the foliage detail is good too. So why not crop to give a more interesting composition? I've uploaded two Mods - each is cropped to give the relationship between two birds. Both Mods involved a tiny bit of cloning, but nothing major is absolutely essential - what you can do in that respect depends on the software that you have at your disposal.
Apart from that I passed the burn tool over the birds and foliage just to give them a little more impact.
Moira

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom860 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2013 - 9:52 AM

You give us no exposure info again. A good group but, to my eyes, not sharp enough. Such images must be needle sharp on the main subject, one or more birds here, and the edge is just off. But it is across the full frame, which says camera movement. I assume you would be at 250mm, so 400mm. Easy to get a tiny bit of shake, plus I suspect a big crop.

Paul

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