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Im watching you

By dwalton1

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
3 Apr 2011 6:42AM
A really beautiful image with super tones and lovely backlight.

I feel the composition would work better if the egret was on the third rather than center and the levels boosted to give a little more punch to the image, so I've done a mod

Auto levels then cloned in an inch to the bottom of the image, then cropped the left side. Dodged the background reflections to bring them out a little as, along with the grass, they frame the egret nicely.

It really is a gorgeous shot. If it were mine I'd frame it and have it on my wall. Hope that helps, Patricia.

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3 Apr 2011 7:58PM
Thankyou Mrs. Patricia,
I enjoyed your Modification. I see now that, I still have alot to learn. I will post some more photos later and your critics are more than welcome Wink. Great portfolio by the way.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2011 3:04PM
Hi, Derrell. This is a very nice natural capture of the bird. A bit of explanation about the shot would have been nice, was it a grab shot, did you wait for ages for the opportunity, etc. The way the light is hitting the bird is lovely, as are the gentle reflections in the water and the dark background, setting the bird off nicely. In fact, I like the lighting very much. There was nothing you could do about the grasses falling across the bird's body, but I can't help wondering whether, if you pressed the shutter a few seconds later, the bird would have been a bit clearer of the grasses. You have placed the bird central in the frame, and Patricia has explained about positioning above. I have done a modification where I also cropped, then just used Smart Photo Fix in PaintshopPro, which adjusts highlights, shadows, brightness, colour balance, etc., all automatically. I liked it so much that I left it there, and just selectively sharpening the bird's head and top of the reed on the right.
PS: I have commented on the other 3 pictures in your portfolio, too. I noticed you were seeking comments, and that there hadn't been any, and also that you were new to the site.
PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
25 May 2011 5:31AM
A lovely scene! Nice colours, tones and composition!



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