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Starling in Cherry Blossom

By nbatchford
Taken in my garden with an 80-200mm EF lens.
Could probably do with geting a longer zoom..!!

The light was really good today.

Taken originally in RAW

Tags: Starling Cherry blossom Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2011 8:51AM
A perfectly reasonable bird shot. You have framed well and things are sharp. Good stuuf. Possibly a little dodging on the birds head to bring out some shadow detail, but I realise how dark the feathers are on a Starling.


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pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2011 7:13PM
Hello, Neil. I always enjoy bird pictures with some blossom, and I like yours too. It's beautifully natural and your sky is excellent. It's a shame that you could not get the bird's tail into the frame.
My eye is inevitably drawn to the out-of-focus blossom on the left, so I have done a modification where I cropped, cloned some other blossom into the top left, and selectively sharpened the starling's head.
11 Apr 2011 11:40PM
All, many thanks for the comments. They are all very gratefully received.

Pamela, I try not to mess around with the shots too much with Photoshop. I've not really got into cloning. Just a little sharpening and adjustment of light and contrast. But your mod does look a lot better than the original. Many thanks for the effort.



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