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By kuipje  
We visited a beautiful bird park in a little town called Alphen aan de Rijn (Rijn = the river Rhine). You could spent a whole day here. A yesterday was a splendid day in Holland
As always comments/tips/advise most welcome

V2 is original

Tags: The netherlands Pets and captive animals Bird park Avifauna Alhen aan de Rijn

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IshanPathak 7 202 12 India
18 May 2014 12:47PM
An odd expression, but this format doesnt work for me.

Firstly, its way too tight. Any animal with that face shape looks good either in side shot or far shot. This picture makes the viewer just shrink back for a second.

Background, though blurred still is distracting ( Personal Opinion )

Why did you zoom so much? Usually ever photograph should have some space around it so that it doesnt look like your subject was cramped in the frame which has happened unfortunately in your case.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
18 May 2014 2:25PM
Hello Ishan
Well to answer your question: it was hard to taak a picture of those vultures (?) because of the close-fitting fence. It was smaller then the lens.
As you (maybe) can see on V2 aswell(a bit) on V1 the fence left and right. So I couldn't get any wider. And the bird was close to the fence.
On V1 you don't see much "green" stuff butt the fence on the right is crossing his upper face.
Next time I will drag the bird a bit further away from the fence (after he/she had diner) Smile
I appreciate your comment always
Regards from a very sunny Reeuwijk
Bianca & Jos
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4270 Canada
18 May 2014 4:20PM
The closer crop in V1 work well, as doe the post processing, - nice contrast and detail. Some of the effects of the mid-day sun with the bright head, - he needs to wear a hat!

Its a pity about the bottom of the beak of the Vulture, but as I read it wasnt possible to get t all in.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
18 May 2014 5:09PM
My first thought was, What a shame you couldn't get the whole of the beak in the frame. I can accept chopping off a bit of his head, but not the beak. Then I read the above and fully understand your difficulties. On the positive side, I'd never have guessed there was fencing in front of the bird.
You have excellent detail in V1, every little hair is visible.

V1 works best for me because you've cropped the top of the head and the end of the beak, and it looks more intentional than V2 with the small bit of beak missing, which looks more like a mistake. Does that make sense?

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
18 May 2014 7:10PM
It is frustrating when you can't get a clean shot, or the exact framing you'd like.

I wouldn't have noticed this was taken through fencing. Looking at the out of focus area in the background of V2 however there are tell tale signs. You get to recognise this over time! Nonetheless, it is in no way distracting or negative to the image.

You've done very well with this, and with good focus on the eye.

Following on from Pamela's comment, I'll upload a mod where the head is cropped sligthly. Yes it will be tight framing, but in a way to balance the cropping of beak and head.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
18 May 2014 10:04PM
Thanks Keith for your comments/mod. It's a pity that little piece of his beak. You hardly get it all.
But thanks again
Bianca & Jos

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