Hi guys, Took this picture of a crow a few months ago. Would love some feed back!
The photo lacks definition especially on the breast of the crow. We are unable to see any detail of the plumage and the lighting on your subject is not optimum. Since this bird is difficult in the first place to properly photograph and has very reflective shiny feather properties, its best not photo'd in any direct sun but more even or shaded light. I would also avoid using B&W processing with this subject as it buries it even more into the limited 256 gray colors that are available in your image. Stick with color.
Corvids certainly aren't easy to photograph in dierect sunlight, but it can be done. I would crop for composition on the right, but you do have an interesting pose, showing a little personality. Here's one I took a couple of years ago in sunlight.Carrion Crow
by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk)
, on Flickr
Thank you for the feed back. I will try to hunt them down on a more overcast day! As you said the direct sunlight washed out the reflective properties on its feathers which is why I converted to BW sine the background green was rather over powering, or at least I thought so when I looked at it. This fellow was very play full but unfortunately I had limited time to take photos due to having to stand in the middle of a tax stand/round about.