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Taking a stroll down Babylane

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.That day 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 Alphen aan de Rijn

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Jocelia 10 2 1 Australia
21 May 2014 7:26AM
V1 the close up, so striking and delightful…...WinkWinkWink
kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
21 May 2014 11:20AM
Thanks Jocelia for your nice comments. Just saw your pictures very nice work
Regards from the cheese country (down up)
Bianca & Jos
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
21 May 2014 6:34PM
You got some good shots at the bird park, Bianca and Jos, and there is no sign of movement, though I assume the bird was walking.

Your viewpoint didn't allow you to get the feet visible, which is a shame, but the bird is very nicely set against an unobtrusive water background.
The intrusion on the right obviously had to go, and is easily dealt with by your crop.

Taking the original image, you could have left a bit more space on the left side of the frame, remembering that it's a good idea to give the bird (animals, humans, insects, too) space to "move into" and "look into".
Your crop has simply placed it in the centre of the frame.

I don't know if you have a polarizing filter, but it is useful for preventing flare on water.
The light was against you again and, being a white bird, there is burn-out on the top of the head and the back of the bird.

In my modification I have straightened the image to get the bank fairly straight at the bottom, then cropped as suggested, using your original image, and have also left more space at the top.
You will notice that I've left a bit more of the light-coloured bank in at the bottom, too. My reasoning behind this is that the image now shows the space where the bird's feet would be IF they were visible, and it looks less "cut off".
My crop puts the bird's eye on a thirds line.
I adjusted highlights, shadows and levels in order to darken the background.
I toned down the burnt-out feathers with the Burn Tool, and cloned out the water highlights.
On reflection, I feel I might have darkened the background a little too much.

A good clean image under difficult light conditions.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
21 May 2014 7:43PM
I also wanted to see the feet, but that simply wasn't possible.

Somehow, this puts my in mind of Chuck Berry and the duck walk!

My mod darkens the midtones using the midtones levels slider, pushed to the right. I also cloned out some of hte reflections in the water, which seemed distrating.

A lovely shot!
kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
22 May 2014 10:24AM
Thanks Pamela and John.
Thanks for your mods.
No I don't have a polarizing filter(jet). Iknow (now) i have to look more on the white spots and try do do something about it while shooting, but next time better.
Yes, Pamela your mod is a bit to dark but I got the idea.
Next week we have a little trip to the southern part of Holland to the a zoo and botanical garden, we hope that we have some nice pictures there.
Bianca & Jos

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