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Reed Warbler

By Newtman
Caught this little fella while I was waiting and hoping for a kingfisher. Usually when I see a shot like this I suggest portrait format because of the reeds providing strong verticals, but here the angle of the bird makes me wonder whether portrait format would not have been better. I have tried both ways and still cannot decide, so what does everyone else think?

Tags: Stodmarsh General Kent Bird Reed warbler Wildlife and nature

Voters: billyb, mrsvee, jdenman and 32 more

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mrsvee 11 1 England
14 Jul 2008 10:12PM
Super image, lovely detail and colour.

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jdenman 11 19 5 Spain
14 Jul 2008 10:13PM
I think this crop works well, it is hard to know quite how to present it but looks good.
stevieasp 12 7 England
14 Jul 2008 10:17PM
Good capture,

dwarf 11 52 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2008 10:24PM
lovely shot dorothy
14 Jul 2008 10:37PM
Lovely capture.
14 Jul 2008 10:38PM
Great shot. I often hear them deep in the reed beds but find them difficult to catch on film. Sylvia
Shroomer 13 14 167 England
14 Jul 2008 10:51PM
Firstly myself and Maiwand had exactly this waiting for Kingfishers and then got a reedy. Personally I always go square format as I can never make my mind up. This is a great capture bet you waited for ages for it to appear and spent most of your time listening to it.
Fab pose uncluttered and showing well in a natural environment
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2008 11:23PM
I would have gone portrait myself.
blacky 12 4 1 England
14 Jul 2008 11:48PM
well as beginer i think it looks greaT
SurreyHillsMan 12 27 2 England
15 Jul 2008 12:07AM
Portrait looks good to me David.... excellent shot

daffydill56 16 190 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 3:42AM
In this instance the portrait format works well. It all depends on the shape and positioning of the bird. I personally like to see a little space in front of the bird giving it 'flight room', but then that is my way of working.

A nicely detailed image showing the bird in it's natural environment well.

taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
15 Jul 2008 4:16AM
Guess you could try square, but this woks well-- nice little bird as well, Jennnn
15 Jul 2008 7:00AM
good capture
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 8:31AM
mmmmmm possibly portrait would give you a little more room to the left of the image but honestly I really like this shot its simply great - you have chosen well
Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 11:21AM
This is fine as is - great capture of an elusive little bird Ina
adderman 13 8 1
15 Jul 2008 2:37PM
Nice natural history shot David, A little cluttered for the 'magazine' type pose accepted by many but that's how it is where this little one was caught. I think the crop is too tight on the bird myself and think it needs more room.

Kind regards,

IanA 16 3.0k 12 England
16 Jul 2008 8:16AM
You've done well to capture the bird so clearly that, to me, the background is not so important.
I'm guessing where it was taken, and with that lens it makes it a crop, so I would open the image out a bit as Brett suggests, possibly placing the bird on the lower right third.
Well done,

Ian Smile
Shane136 16 63 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2008 9:56AM
Crop a bit tight, but hard little buggers to get, so nice one

ShedMan 14 3 2 South Africa
15 Oct 2008 7:30AM
I always find it difficult to decide with birds whether to go with portrait or landscape format. I think your choice here has worked well. I've been photographing what we think is a Marsh Warbler in our garden and I know how difficult it can be to get a good composition. This one is nicely detailed and I think either format would have worked just as well.


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