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I ordered two pieces of mouse!!!

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.That day was a splendid day in Holland
As always comments/tips/advise/Critique most welcome

V2 is original

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


paulknight 11 2 9 New Zealand
23 May 2014 12:11PM
Well, nothing to criticise with the photo I would say. Perfect focus and veree scareee. The closer version (1) is more threatening and so in harmony with the title. Only problem I have with photographing predatory birds in captivity is with the inevitable straps. Even more impressive if they were not there.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
23 May 2014 12:45PM
Hi Bianca and Jos.

Very nice shot and good post processing. The pose is very aggressive, and makes up for a very slight loss of detail in the head. I like also what I think is the reflection of people in the water.

Not a whole lot to add, other than the obvious straps, which Ive tried to remove in the mod. I also cropped square, and added a little more space at the top.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2239 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 5:51PM
I like the original shot in V2, Bianca and Jos, with a lovely curve to the branch, an interesting stance that shows the attractive and well detailed plumage on the bird's back, and a background that is subtle and has no strong distractions.
You have also left space in front of the bird, so well done.

The strong light hasn't caused you too many problems in this one because of the darker plumage on the top of the bird.

The beak looks a little soft, which is a shame because everything else is well focused. Maybe it was moving its beak at the time? It is, after all, "speaking", according to your humerous title. Where do you get such brilliant ideas from?

I was a little disappointed with your V1 crop because you removed some of the bird's back, and was pleased to see that Willie's modification has it put backGrin. Not sure why you chose to do that.
When this is done by mistake at the time of shooting, it is called "clipping", or "amputation" when a limb is missingTongue. It can leave a shot looking incomplete or uneven. I suppose this is partly why I am not keen on a crop like this.
I do like the way you have the branch falling nicely into the bottom right corner and, as I have said, space on the left side, the area into which the bird is looking.

I think this is one of your best, very impressive.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
23 May 2014 7:25PM
Hello Willie and Pamela.
First thanks Willie for your "strapless" mod. It looks more as nature's bird but, but the true was/is he is now in captivity. But he and we would be very pleased when this photo was taken outside the park and "strapless".
And thanks Pamela for your comment, but we don't see what you mean about the bird's back. Sofar I can recall (the internaL "HARD DISK" is not more what it use to be Grin)
i didn't remove anything. Can't see any different either with or without our specs.
And thanks for your last line
Regards from the very Lowlands
Bianca & Jos
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 787 England
23 May 2014 8:09PM
V1 is a very bold crop, the bird filling the frame.
Your original was fine as it was, with a little room around the bird so give it some 'breathing space'. Perhaps a little trim off the right to give a 10x8 ratio.

It's great to get a shot composed so well in camera.
Any cropping you do to create different versions is a very 'nice to have' result. That is to say, not having to crop because you have to.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
24 May 2014 11:42AM
Hello Keith
Thanks for your comment.
I know what you mean, but I did this on purpose.
I wanted to emphasis the fact that the bird looked a bit more angerier because he didn't get what he had ordered and i felt I had to crop it this way.
But I appreciate (always) your comments/advise/tips
Bianca & Jos
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2239 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 7:24PM
Hi, Bianca and Jos.

Quote:we don't see what you mean about the bird's back

I feel a bit silly now because you haven't cropped the bird's back.

I can only think that I was viewing "large", as I normally try to, and that my screen was not showing the complete picture.
I usually recognise this and revert to "normal" viewing to get the whole picture on my screen.
I work on a laptop and several pictures don't fit onto my screen.

I have never made such a silly mistake before, and do apologise for being so daft, must be the ageTongueBlush!

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
27 May 2014 8:06PM
Hello Pamela
With aging people getting more wiser, more wise, more .... sorry I forgot (The 60+ problem)
Regards from Limburg on a little holiday in the southern part of Holland (in the rain)

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