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Osprey with half-eaten fish
Osprey with half-eaten fish

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife VII (Standard Editing)
Camera: Nikon D5500
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Location: NYC
Date: May 12, 2017
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2017

It was a tricky day to shoot, mix of sun and clouds, and so I was constantly changing my camera settings on the fly. I was set for shade here but the sun had just popped through a bruise in a cloud, and so the sky was a bit washed out. Got a lot of shots that day but I had to brighten them and lost some info. This one was barely touched, saved for some sharpening, and changing the lumination for the color blue so that the sky appears somewhat blue. I also brightened the eye a bit.

Place: 11 out of 54
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Views since voting: 192
Views during voting: 139
Votes: 57
Comments: 4
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06/02/2017 08:56:41 AM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that meets the challenge well.

A good documentary style of nature image that records the osprey and its half eaten prey well. `in terms of photographic appeal I feel it is rather too central, it may have increased its impact to place the bird nearer one of the hotspots especially against the rather boring sky which obviously you had no control over. Also, the upright of the tree is rather too close to the birds face it forms a sort of block towards the free space on its left. I tend to agree with neats comments, nevertheless a pleasing entry, thanks Anton.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/01/2017 10:54:11 PM
A closer crop using the ROT would've enhanced this image , IMHO. I also would've cloned out the distracting elements - The dead branch to the left , and some of the leaves, but that's just me, you can just totally ignore me ;) apart from that, image is sharp, already voted.
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05/30/2017 02:45:53 PM
The lack of background really makes the bird stand out. Beautiful
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05/27/2017 02:30:10 AM
Superb bird picture, framed absurdly well by the environmental 'props'. I'm a raptor lover, and it's a thrill to see this one depicted with such precision and understanding: not too close, because that loses the context; not too far away because ... well that part's obvious. This way it tells me something intimate about the bird. Exceptional wildlife picture. Thank you.
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