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Watch Bird
Watch Bird

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Challenge: Orange II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Keswick
Date: Mar 25, 2010
Aperture: F 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640 sec
Date Uploaded: Mar 25, 2010

I Recently got interested in bird photography because I finally have a suitable lens. I have learned quite a bit thanks to 21.gif jbsmithana's tutorial thread. I hope its 'orange' enough for the challenge. I'm guessing that at least one person will comment about the centered composition but I like it.

Place: 122 out of 175
Avg (all users): 5.0147
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0725
Avg (non-participants): 4.9552
Views since voting: 426
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 136
Comments: 7
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04/07/2010 09:08:27 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Great capture, 21.gif mBastin! It's a beautiful bird and looks pretty good from here.

It was sitting in a tough habitat and that may have been what did you in. It would have been fairly difficult to get this little guy in sharp focus and still blur out the background. The background is what's giving the most trouble here because it is essentially the same value and intensity as the bird and therefore fights with the bird for the "look at me" factor.

As you get to know that lovely new lens of yours, you will find it easier to isolate your subject from the background.

Now, yes, you had your requisite comment about the centered composition, and I'll add another. It would still be a fine composition if you came in to just before that bird's tail and drew the frame to include most of the rest of the left side of the image. See what you think, after you try it.

All of us have our own ways of looking at a picture. You have yours, and you will have a wonderful time fine-tuning your way. Keep 'em coming. I will look forward to seeing more of your work.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2010 11:47:26 AM
super clear shot...
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04/01/2010 01:16:31 PM
Very nice photo. I love the texture and the lovely bird. Well done.
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03/31/2010 10:52:25 PM
More brown than orange (at least on my monitor)
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03/30/2010 02:08:29 PM
Nice capture.
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03/30/2010 01:04:20 AM
A more interesting composition (aka not centered) would help this image stand out more. I like the vibrantly orange beak!
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03/29/2010 04:05:10 PM
Very beautifully captured and rendered. I love the orange and brown hues. The light, color and background makes it look like it is a crop taken from an old masters painting. This should finish in the top twenty imo. 8
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