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Jack Douglas

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2550 on: September 08, 2013, 11:19:19 PM »
I like all the bird postings.  Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others.  Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing.  Why?  The framing, the sky background, the colors involved?  What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2551 on: September 08, 2013, 11:45:14 PM »
I like all the bird postings.  Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others.  Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing.  Why?  The framing, the sky background, the colors involved?  What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?

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Not sure about "well received", but I like a sharp picture. The eye needs to be sharp. And then there is the rule of thirds. The foreground or background should not intrude on the bird.

Now I am going to contradict myself - but in some situations motion blur adds to the picture. :)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2552 on: September 09, 2013, 01:44:15 AM »
Very nice shot Steven. Well done.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2553 on: September 09, 2013, 06:38:18 AM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2554 on: September 09, 2013, 07:53:28 AM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2555 on: September 09, 2013, 08:20:06 AM »
I like all the bird postings.  Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others.  Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing.  Why?  The framing, the sky background, the colors involved?  What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?

Jack
I'm more on the super sharp (around the eyes and face) type image. However, like rpt, I'll contradict myself by saying that BIF pics I prefer with a bit of blur. A well panned image, body and head sharp, but blur in the wings adds a sense of movement, which is fitting.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2556 on: September 09, 2013, 09:18:13 AM »
Very nice shot metalshredder.

...And welcome to cr.  :)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2557 on: September 09, 2013, 01:34:13 PM »
Thanks for the various comments guys. 

I'm here sharing shots of birds because i like to contribute positively to anything that is elevating the appreciation folks have for nature.  But, more selfishly, I'm looking for feedback from those with more experience and/or a keener sense of quality.  In other words I prefer a critique rather than praise, in case anyone has feared saying something critical.

I was rather disappointed this morning with the slim pickings but a couple opportunities presented themselves.

Is the robin ruined by the lighting?

Should the flicker be cropped more tightly and vertically?

Any other advice?

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2558 on: September 10, 2013, 04:35:10 PM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2559 on: September 10, 2013, 05:05:03 PM »
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Very nice, Click. They are so colorful...looks like he is posing for you. :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2560 on: September 10, 2013, 05:06:55 PM »
Thanks for the various comments guys. 

I'm here sharing shots of birds because i like to contribute positively to anything that is elevating the appreciation folks have for nature.  But, more selfishly, I'm looking for feedback from those with more experience and/or a keener sense of quality.  In other words I prefer a critique rather than praise, in case anyone has feared saying something critical.

I was rather disappointed this morning with the slim pickings but a couple opportunities presented themselves.

Is the robin ruined by the lighting?

Should the flicker be cropped more tightly and vertically?

Any other advice?

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Hey Jack,

Really like shot #2. Beautiful just the way it is, imo.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2561 on: September 10, 2013, 05:09:01 PM »

Very nice, Click. They are so colorful...looks like he is posing for you. :)

Thanks Serendipidy. You have Harry your Heron friend, and I have Donald, my duck friend.  ;D

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2562 on: September 10, 2013, 05:13:47 PM »
Went out at dusk 2 days ago with 7D, 100-400L and got some more Harry the Heron with fish shots. Had to use my Better Beamer flash since getting dark. He caught a very large fish and then ran and eventually flew away from me as I tried to get in for a close shot. What kind of gratitude is that? Yesterday, he didn't even show up for work. As a model, he's fired. ;D

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2563 on: September 10, 2013, 05:14:36 PM »

Very nice, Click. They are so colorful...looks like he is posing for you. :)

Thanks Serendipidy. You have Harry your Heron friend, and I have Donald, my duck friend.  ;D

LOL... Donald Duck is more famous. ;D
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2564 on: September 10, 2013, 05:19:32 PM »
Also, got a shot one of our resident Moorhens 2 days ago. 7D, 100-400L, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 320, Better Beamer flash, handheld.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2564 on: September 10, 2013, 05:19:32 PM »