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Grey Heron and Lapwings

By PostmanPask
Main scene a flock of airborne Lapwing with a Grey Heron layered in the foreground. Comments welcomed please but bare in mind I realise the feet are in no way perfect.

Tags: Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature

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13 Sep 2009 5:55AM
Great shot - well timed.


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Adderwatcher 10 60 19 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 7:35AM
I think this would look nicer if the heron was to the far side of the picture (the left as i look at it). maybe crop some of the sky out aswell? some ideas anyway. Its a good shot overall.
ptitcendrier 11 25
13 Sep 2009 8:08AM
A nice shot and i wouldn't complain about the legs. However, i tried a slightly tighter crop to bring the subject closer to the eye, and applying the rule of thirds (as i find it more balanced). straightened it a little, then increased the contrast just a bit and warmed-up a little the tones, as there was a cloudy day and the colors were a little cold. The final spice, a little sharpness and here's the final result. I hope you don't find it useless Smile
Have a nice day!
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2117 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 7:19PM
Hello, Philip. I'm a bit puzzled. Do you mean that this is a composite? As such, it's a great idea to combine the two images, with the heron looking as if it is watching the flock of lapwings passing by. You say the feet aren't perfect and I am assuming the original shot of the heron had no feet and that you have attempted to clone some in. I think the heron is far too close to the bottom of the frame, but with the feet problem, it might have been best to leave them chopped off and out of frame? Ignoring the feet problem, I'd like to have seen less sky at the top and more grass at the bottom. Also, I feel the heron could be better placed on the left third so that it is looking at the birds as they come towards it, and compositionally I feel it would look better. (Sorry, only just read Scott's comment, so we agree here). Another idea would be to have the heron standing in the grass bottom left so that its feet are covered by grass, solving the feet problem.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2117 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 7:48PM
I have uploaded a modification where I placed the heron to the left, with its feet in the grass, added some grass at the bottom, and cropped the top and right.
13 Sep 2009 11:37PM
Hello PamelaJean, Thank you for your help and modifications to the picture. The reason the feet weren't good, is that the Heron was shot on the edge of a muddy lagoon and the way the feet blended in with the mud, it was virtually impossible for the Magneto Lasso tool to distinguish between the two. Also, the Heron wasn't actually watching the other birds come in, but standing as a kind of "leader of the pack" carachter would, in front of them. But I can see your thoughts on watching the others come in and thinking about the lack of presence on the left, I agree with you that it would have been better on the left.
Thanks again for your comments.

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