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Red Kite Reflection

By deemac  
I found a bird image on-line that inspired me to try a similar treatment on one of my own. My original shot of the red kite was taken at Gigrin Farm, Wales, and was of this magnificent bird swooping close to the ground. I've always like the shot and felt it deserved another airing, so here it is, updated to something a little bit different.

Tags: Digitally manipulated Red kite

Voters: terryxc, NDODS, gwynn56 and 10 more

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2014 7:03PM
A beautifully crafted image...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
terryxc 8 7 England
5 Sep 2014 7:03PM
Absolutely stunning...

ChrisStyles 13 387 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2014 7:09PM
Stunning image.
5 Sep 2014 7:33PM
Well worked and a great result
tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
5 Sep 2014 8:27PM
Clever work providing a crisp and very pleasing result. TG
18 Sep 2014 10:26AM
worth far more than the few poxy votes you got,,saw a duck sat on a bit of grass a while ago and it got 45 votes !!!
deemac 15 6 11 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2014 12:56PM
Thank you illuvator, it's good to know there are still SOME discerning photographers on here who vote on the quality of the photograph and the skill that has gone into it. I appreciate the kind comments and votes from each and every one of them.

Sadly, people who understand what makes a good (or poor) image are in a tiny minority. When I was photographing at equestrian events I would carefully choose my shooting positions to make the most of the fences and the light, and inevitably I would get spectators standing on the opposite side of the fence, IN my shot, trying to take photos into appalling light. Some would have expensive equipment, some would even come over and ask me what camera and lens I was using (like it wasn't the skill and knowledge I had, and they didn't, that allowed me to get good photos).

You've hit on exactly the reason I stopped posting 6 or 8 years ago. (...though I do cringe at some of what I was posting back then!) It's disheartening to post photographs here that you know are much better than others that are full of flaws and poor technique and horrible lighting, and yet get many times the number of votes. I wish I knew how that could be put right. I see some real rubbish getting outlandish and completely undeserved numbers of votes.

I do my little bit to help people improve their photography, and their understanding of what makes a "good" photo, both through my website and through photographic workshops. I moved to the Isle of Skye a couple of years ago and run workshops here, providing people with photo opportunities, guidance, and tuition where needed. I occasionally give critique on here, in spite of a bad experience from doing that a few years ago. Most are very happy to get it but a girl had posted a very ordinary photo of a swan, looking down on it from the water's edge, and had ASKED for critique. I did not rubbish her photo (I would not do that to someone) but gave her positive pointers about how to improve it by changing the viewpoint, observing lighting, etc. and she went all ape-**** because I'd not praised it. I'm sure she thought it was a great photo but if people cannot take advice, they should not ask for it.

I suppose if I'm not prepared to accept that many people vote with their eyes shut, I shouldn't post here! Thank goodness for those of you who look and appreciate Smile
tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
18 Sep 2014 6:48PM
Must give you credit for sticking your neck out in an effort to correct flaws that you observe.
You provide much to consider and think over. TG
deemac 15 6 11 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2014 7:20PM
Thank you Tony. I try my best Smile
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
30 Sep 2014 2:12PM
A beautiful and professionally crafted image. I've often thought maybe there could be 2 levels of uploading. One for the newbies and then we all could try to work up to the next level. To move up we would need to get so many EC or HM. Mainly because I agree with you but understand the friendship thing on here.
deemac 15 6 11 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2014 3:19PM
Thank you Daisymaye, for both your vote and kind comments. You have an interesting idea there and it might help those who have not built up a "following" to get their photos noticed. I completely appreciate that there's a "friendship" thing on here, and perhaps I'm wrong to but I look upon this as primarily a photography site, not a social one. I suppose different people use the site in different ways and I should certainly not criticize that. However, I believe that praising mediocrity helps nobody, which is why I get irritated by mediocre (at best) photos getting a lot of "friendly" votes while other high quality work goes unappreciated. While looking today for photos to shortlist for EC, I've seen it happening again, as it always does, and have put forward one beauty with only 7 votes while ignoring others with a great many more.

If I knew of a solution I would certainly make it known!!! Perhaps this EC Shortlisting initiative will help.

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