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Great Egret Beak'on of Color
Great Egret Beak'on of Color

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Lake Balboa Park
Date: Mar 31, 2003
Aperture: 7.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2003

Taken in the local park in the morning.

Place: 200 out of 295
Avg (all users): 4.8416
Avg (commenters): 6.1200
Avg (participants): 4.6463
Avg (non-participants): 5.2297
Views since voting: 985
Votes: 221
Comments: 29
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/17/2003 06:46:15 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

My first impressions of your picture are twofold - first of all it's very small and secondly your framing is excellent. The framing I like especially because it adds impact to the shot and helps guide the viewers eye. I find my eye kinda starts at the egret's eye, moves along the beak, back to the eye and then anti-clockwise around the white feathers - pretty good. The framing also gives the feeling of being close to the bird and that comes across strongly in the comments you've received. You've arranged the shot nicely along the lines of the rule of thirds and this picture really suits that very well. I think the only improvement I could suggest would be to just bring the tip of the beak back into the picture if you can.

Now on to the size - I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this was necessary for some reason. Perhaps this is a small crop of a larger picture or perhaps you used a long lens and to make it larger would show up some camera shake. But like it or not the size has negatively affected your score - again this is pretty clear from your comments.

Technically your shot is pretty good. At this size the focus looks OK but there's not much detail. The exposure is good - I'd have liked stronger daylight to really make the colour of that beak pop off the screen but that might have led to overexposure on the white feathers. All in all I think you did great with the exposure.

I'm not a big fan of punning or contrived titles but I would never let the title affect my score.

Suitability for the challenge seems OK to me. I like the contrast of the yellow and the white, the colour and the lack of colour. I think that's a nice interpretation of the challenge.

Overall this is a good challenge submission with excellent impact and interest. Well done.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2003 04:40:29 PM
Alright, the title sells me on topicality.
It's also a great shot, IMO.
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04/13/2003 12:43:46 AM
while white is all colors together, it is really more of a neutral... color is not dominant here
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04/12/2003 03:27:56 PM
How did you get so close to this bird? Good job! It would be nice if the picture were a little larger.
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04/12/2003 09:25:23 AM
why so small? I'd love to view this larger! nice composition, and texture!
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04/12/2003 01:41:39 AM
Good one, sharp and well cropped, unfortunately the bigger image would do me more.
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04/11/2003 12:46:31 PM
This is a very nice close up. I wish the photograph was a little larger, its hard to see all of the detail at this size.
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04/11/2003 10:37:11 AM
Positioning of wing unclear. He looks like he's saying, "What!"
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04/11/2003 09:45:47 AM
Beautiful egret shot. A bit less cropping of head and bill would have improved my score.
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04/11/2003 12:10:13 AM
How did you ever get so CLOSE?????!!!!!! i like the beak, looks like he is holding his head up with his hand. Nice shot
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04/10/2003 07:33:26 AM
Excellent composition!
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04/09/2003 07:52:41 PM
Very wow! Good detail for all that white (I know how tough that is!). It seems like a very small view and the head is slightly chopped off, but that's quibbling nit. I have it as a 10! Rob the Swash
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04/09/2003 03:31:00 PM
Nice lighting and capture of detail in the beak and feathers. Photo should be submitted larger (is everyone saying this?) so more detail can be seen.
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04/09/2003 02:14:02 PM
I love the way you have composed this photograph. Great try.
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04/09/2003 11:10:13 AM
Great photo, not very colorfu.
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04/09/2003 10:24:30 AM
Cute 'Lil guy. beautiful black and yellow eye staring out at you with that long yellow beak of his. Nice focus, good lighting, makes a nice visual impact on you.
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04/08/2003 08:33:41 PM
I like your choice of crop!
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04/08/2003 04:13:11 PM
Not bad but very easy shooting. You have to give a little to make a little. I think you could have taken more time to give us more.
04/08/2003 03:46:57 PM
This image is very small, but I like how the beak enhances the signifance of the white of the egret. There are several threads on the forum that details how you can make your image larger. A modest border would also enhance the white. Very well composed.
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04/08/2003 02:28:05 PM
there isnt much color to this picture
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04/08/2003 02:18:48 PM
Hmmm... is it alive ? or stuffed ?
04/08/2003 01:57:19 PM
The grey corner is unfortunate - not sure it's even possible to do away with it (til after the challenge- then I'd clone some of the right corner into the left?) Good shot.
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04/08/2003 12:55:56 PM
Make it bigger next time. It's hard to judge a picture that's so small. It looks good, though.
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04/08/2003 10:55:54 AM
nice up-close of nature, framed beautifully. Yellow beak is a beacon, leading to the shining eye. It is more bird than color tho'
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04/07/2003 08:00:48 PM
This is the kind of picture that I love to take. You must have a pretty long lens to get one this close. The focus looks a tad soft to me, I am guessing you might have hand-held the camera when you were taking it. It would be nice if you could have made the picture a little bigger (like 640x480 resolution) so we could see more detail. The orange really stands out due to the lack of color in the rest of the photograph. You might try boosting up the saturation a little and adding a bit of contrast. I have found that upping the contrast can sometimes make a slightly un-sharp picture look sharper. As far as composition goes I would like it better if the crop wasn’t so tight. As it is right now the picture “feels” somewhat cramped. I especially find the way the beak is touching the edge of the picture disturbing. I think you have a great start here and with a few minor modifications you could really have a high-quality picture here. I am giving this one a 5.

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04/07/2003 05:53:20 PM
Picture is a little small.
04/07/2003 01:07:18 PM
The crop is much too thight.
04/07/2003 12:22:29 PM
Well done. I like the softness of the bird and the hard focus of the colorful beak.Crop is alittle tight to me IMHO but the overall photo is wonderful.
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04/07/2003 07:43:14 AM
This pic is very, very smalll...
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