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British swamp bird

By arahaman17
I like know how this photo is as overall i.e. composition, tone etc.

Tags: Wildlife and nature B and w Wild lifeandnature

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dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
9 Nov 2015 9:23AM
I would really like to see the original, unprocessed picture.

This isn't very sharp, and I suspect that's because it's cropped down from a rather wider view.

Exposure is pretty decent, and the tones are OK in black-and-white - though i reckon it would look better in colour.

The composition is nice: the reflection is all in the frame, and the duck occupies a diagonal between the top left and bottom right thirds.

It's not a great shot, but it's perfectly competent, apart from the sharpness.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2015 1:30PM
British swamp bird? An interesting title. It's a duck and we have limited swamps ovr here. A Mallard cross by the look of it.

It is rather unsharp and such images are natural history recode. It should be sharp, especially the eye and head. I suspect focusing problems and you look to be at full aperture so little depth of field.

The image would also be rather better in colour. A colourful bird needs to show it's worth.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 710 England
9 Nov 2015 2:38PM
There's definitely a lot of mallard in this one, looking at the head and neck. Paul's made a good point about it being a cross, as a pure mallard would have wing flashes, not mottling.
As such, this really needs to be in colour as it's a record of a cross breed. There are few natural history subjects that translate well to mono - I'm not talking record but aesthetics.

Certainly in the Critique Gallery it's helpful to have the colour original, for comparison and for any suggestions regarding the mono conversion as well as the full frame so we can see how small or large the crop is and to suggest alternative crops.


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