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Look into my eyes, look, look, look, zzzzzzzzz

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 Portraits and people Bird park Avifauna Alphen aan de Rijn

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pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
19 May 2014 10:40AM
Hello again Kuipje!

Your effective crop has created a very strong frame.

Sharp as the previous one, and well executed too.

Continuous shooting could give the the options of many more frames, I don't know how many your model could take - speed would be also affected by the card writing speed, the greater the C-lass number, theoretically, the faster the writing speed, although I have seen C6 class cards beating C10 class.

Would I manipulate the shadow on the left eye of the vulture? Maybe not, it would look a bit unnatural to me.

Congratulations ofr your work
kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
19 May 2014 1:52PM
Thanks for your comment. To be honest that day I didn't think much about speed but afterwards..... You can't go back in time but always next time better.
Thanks again
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
19 May 2014 3:49PM
Hi Bianca and Jos.

This is very good, and amusing. Im tempted to call this the Psychiatrist Bird!

Your crop has worked well. Theres some very minor join lines in the background you can blur out, but not a big deal.

The sun as mentioned before is creeping in on the left, nothing you can do about it. I wondered if it looked better with a little more space above the head, so I trid it in the mod. Ive tweaked contrast and toned down highlights, and sharpened those great eyes.

I think with the IS lens, the speed is less of a problem, as IS looks like its working well.

Hope this helps,


kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
19 May 2014 4:33PM
Hello Willie thanks for your comment.
The bird showed me his Masters in psychiatry, he is fully qualifield to work in the park, in fact he is thé only one in the park.
Your comment about the IS lens i didn't know (or forgot). In my portfolio I have some pictures from the same park where i forgot all about changing the speed but some are nice but i think with more speed i could have done better, don't you think?
Bianca & Jos
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
19 May 2014 4:45PM
The speed here is well within the capabilities of the IS system to handle. Ideally around 1/250th for that focal length, means that 1/125th is only one stop lower. The IS can compensate for up to three stops.

Faster is better if the subject is moving for sure; this one sees mesmerised!

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
19 May 2014 4:52PM
Thanks Willie. Learned so much today. I need change of "hard" (head) disk
Niknut Plus
11 3.0k 82 United Kingdom
19 May 2014 4:59PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin !!....great shot !!.....lovely detailing in this beauty !!Smile
kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
19 May 2014 5:21PM
Thanks Keith for your comment.
Just a look at your pictures. Love them, love nature too
regards from the Lowlands
Bianca & Jos
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
21 May 2014 3:21PM
Not a lot to add on this: my first instinct was that a vertical crop would give a more imposing feel to this lovely bird. But your landscape format works wonderfully, giving broad and magisterial shoulders!

V1 is much better than V2 in my opinion: there's too much blank space in V2, while V1 has just enough, but not too much!

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