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Those that do not neccessarily know me that well, may not 'get' my so-called sense of humour... it may help (or perhaps not) if i told you that my alternate title was going to be something like 'going to need a bigger web'

anyhow, the near-domineering post length had to be left so that i could keep the spider and web, i hope you will find it perhaps slightly more interesting for the inclusion.

a relatively large aperture combined with 300mm allows the subject to be separated from the distant tree-line and -1 EC darkens out that already dark background but does not (in my opinion) darken out our Sparrowhawk too much.

not composed on the vertical thirds as i have a personal issue with too much 'headroom' in images - rule of thirds is fine as a guide

Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark II
Lens:300.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Sep 2012 - 11:10 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Username:philhomer philhomer
Uploaded:22 Sep 2012 - 8:40 AM
Tags:Hawk, Pets / captive animals, Raptor, Sparrowhawk, Wildlife / nature
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M_squared Plus Member 4M_squared vcard United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 - 9:04 AM

The blacked-out bg supports your positioning of the (main) subject and gives it a dominating role. The fence rail anchors the image as a whole. I like your idea here.

Well, that shows how my mind is working. SmileSmileSmile

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51380 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 10:31 AM

Still follows the thirds for me though, Phil. The vertical post and bird are on the RH third, the horizontal post is on the lower third. The birds head in the top right corner follows the diagonal of the body down to the cobweb in the bottom left. All in all it's very well balanced. I like the backlighting and the web adds that exrtra interest as well as your humour.


christinecilia Plus Member 3christinecilia vcard England
22 Sep 2012 - 2:34 PM

just love these birds great shot.GrinGrinGrinGrin

Karrol  629 forum posts England
22 Sep 2012 - 5:28 PM

Fantastic capture and the positioning works.
Like both your titles too!

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