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The catch

By lamby
Wink I caught this bush stone curlew catching the yabbie under the water, He had been extremely still just waiting to pounce. Any critique would be welcome , thanks Lamby

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AndyD999 6 43 6 England
3 Nov 2011 3:04PM
I like the idea of what you have done here and the birds eye looks stunning.

However, the way you have faded out parts of the bird i don't think work that well as you have left part of the bird on the right un faded. I think it might look better if you put a gradient filter on the picture to fade from left to right that way your eye is not drawn to the right of the photo.

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CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2011 5:11PM
Your other pic of the stone curlew is lovely. I am not sure what has happened herewith the diffuse areas, whether you are trying some processing technique or what but it doesn't work for me. We need to see the fish clearly because it is an important part of the story of what is going on.

Best wishes

ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
3 Nov 2011 7:28PM
Was there something else closer to the lens (a blade of grass)? The detail around teh eye is stunning and that wriggly thing you call a yabbie - just caught in the bg is magic.

I think I would have been tempted to try a fairly radical crop to really frame the area of interest and lose the weird fading effect rhs.
lamby 6
4 Nov 2011 6:18AM
Hi guys,

thanks for your comments, I have presented the image almost as it was caught, I have not tried any gradients, as I am not good at that. I do admit it looks like that, but I think Ketch was right a blade of grass blowing in the wind got in the way. I will try a radical crop, but my other ones of this bird are better. Thanks very much , I will try again. Lamby
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 7:58PM
there is obviously something in the foreground very out of focus - and I'm afraid there is nothing you are going to do about that. to much covered I fear.


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