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By kuipje  
We visited a beautiful bird park in a little town called Alphen aan de Rijn (Rijn = the river Rhine). You could spent a whole day here. A yesterday was a splendid day in Holland
As always comments/tips/advise most welcome

Tags: The netherlands Pets and captive animals Bird park Avifauna Alphen aan de Rijn

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pablophotographer 10 1.9k 413
17 May 2014 11:29AM
Great focus and result.

My only suggestion would be a crop from the top, to eliminate the green area.
Most of your pic is dominated from beige and brown colour, eliminating the green would make it look like this was shot in a desert.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
17 May 2014 2:35PM
Thanks Pablo for your suggestion. I don't think (now it's) to crop it because you would lose some faethers (the birds i mean) but i could have removed the green. I'll keep it in mind for the next time.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 413
17 May 2014 4:13PM
Hi Kuipje,

just thought since you don't want to miss the feather detail from frame you could try the existing framing in black and white Smile - it resolves the green issue in one go , haha.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
17 May 2014 5:33PM
Hi Bianco and Jos.

Nice to see the good weather has arrived in Holland.

This is a ncie shot, - I didnt imagine you were on safari for a moment. Theres very nice detail in the vultures.

Like many of us that go to parks for animal shots, you end up there at noon, when the sun is overhead. It hasnt affected this shot a whole lot, but it does tend to lower contrast, and with the bright surface and feathers you get light being reflected also.

Theres not a lot you can do about this when you take the shot, - its the time of day, but you can improve the contrast a little in post processing by making black, and in this case I close the shadow of the dark feathers equal to black.

Thats the only alteration Ive made in the mod, and Ive reduced saturation a little on the green.

Hope you like the mod.

Good shot,


kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
17 May 2014 6:10PM
Thanks Willie I like the way you reduced the green it's more "natural" . Wead a great day yesterday but some animals act on purpose "strange" Showing their back/behind. It happened several times. It did look if they had a day "Go home tourist"
Bianca & Jos
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
17 May 2014 9:01PM
This is a very good composition, Jos, and you have the foreground vulture's eye almost on a thirds intersection.
At first, I wanted to add a bit more space to the left side, as this is the direction they are looking, but it would have spoilt that thirds composition.

The feathers are certainly a feature of the image and you wouldn't want to crop any away, so desaturating the green is definitely the answer. I've done a quick modification to show the green completely desaturated, to see how you feel about that idea.

You have the nearest bird's head is excellent focus, and I like the inclusion of the one behind, and it not being in such good focus.
There is nothing to indicate captivity, so well done with your background.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
17 May 2014 10:40PM
Thanks Pamela for your comment and mod. Without the green it looks better.
I forgot to upload the orginal so I did just now. Next time I try to do that at the sametime.
Evertime it better (I hope)
Thanks again and goodnight
Bianca & Jos

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