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Baby Moorhen

By Simmo77
SONY DSC - Please feel free to comment with any advise on composition.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Water Bird Woods Wetland Chick Moorhen Wildlife and nature

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
27 Jun 2013 8:56AM
cracking shot...have had a play in LR4...not that it needed it...just my interpretation SmileSmile

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Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 9:00AM
Awwww this is soooooo sweet!
I would do a crop too, just to make the bird less central, as cats_123 has done.
Everything else is lovelyGrin
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
27 Jun 2013 9:07AM
Hi Jon, I like the composition, you have the birds head near a thirds intersection. Normally more room in front rather than the rear of the bird would be suggested, however that would mean cropping the perch... so for me your crop is fine.

The image needs lightening to make the chick stand out from the BG.... in my mod I have used Photoshop Elements Adjust Lighting tools to brighten the image, in particular the shadows. Also some sharpening to the eye has been applied.

Hope this helps.

27 Jun 2013 11:01AM
Thanks all, It's been taken on board and I think i'm going to go with Trev on this one just because I don't want to lose the perch..... I do love what you've done too though cats_123 Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 3:48PM
Nice image. I think you have vignetted and I think you may have over done that a little. I would leave composition as it is, it works.

Black bird and black eye but exposure very close. Might just touch the eye Rea with dodge tool. Not much though.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
27 Jun 2013 4:43PM
Its a terrific shot Jon. Nice to see a chick, and one with water drops in such a pose is just great.

How on earth you manged such a detailed shot at such a low shutter speed is beyond me, unless you used a tripod.

I would certainly crop it. That log is nice how it tapers, byt the chick is the subject, and having it further to the right looks better to me.

I have uploaded a mod cropped to a 10 X 8 format, brightened the eye, and added some selective sharpening to the chick. View large.

Hope this helps,


Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 5:38PM
Fine shot !!!!!!!!
27 Jun 2013 7:09PM
Cheers all!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
28 Jun 2013 11:57AM
Terrific shot!

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