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AlanF

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I'm going to submit 3 "winter theme" photos in a local (small Kentucky town) art gallery. It's the kind of thing that only a few will see, so it's nothing special.

I whittled down what I thought might be the best received 5 "winter" photos I have, and wondered what others might think are the best 3 to submit. Since you all here have posted so many beautiful photos (especially of birds, which is why I chose this thread), I was hoping that you might mention which 3 you think might be best received by the public.

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Thanks, & cheers!
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Let me guess - Were you holding a slice of bread at the moment? :sneaky:
Usually they are impressed enough by you or your big lens (or both... but most probably by the lens: it's a Canon!!!!!!!!!);)!
 
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Does this mean you like all the other 4 better (including the cat)? I can only submit 3, so I have to pare it down to 3 one way or another.
Actually I like more 1, 3 and 5. The reason: 2 and 4 are interesting but by one and the same reason. My problem is that looking at them I'm interested for a short time (the action off course!). Looking at 1, 3 and 5 I have my attention captured for much longer time (well, since I'm detail/sharpness maniac it shouldn't be so surprising :) - I have more to discover)! For example - with the cat I always want to zoom in the photo to see the structure of that ice crystals (and not only that)!
On other hand since I'm not exposing/selling my photos I have no idea what the "regular (I mean the more abundant) public" will prefer more. And it's what you are in front of! - some other guys in this topic most probably have way more experience than me with this!
 
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Actually I like more 1, 3 and 5. The reason: 2 and 4 are interesting but by one and the same reason. My problem is that looking at them I'm interested for a short time (the action off course!). Looking at 1, 3 and 5 I have my attention captured for much longer time (well, since I'm detail/sharpness maniac it shouldn't be so surprising :) - I have more to discover)! For example - with the cat I always want to zoom in the photo to see the structure of that ice crystals (and not only that)!
On other hand since I'm not exposing/selling my photos I have no idea what the "regular (I mean the more abundant) public" will prefer more. And it's what you are in front of! - some other guys in this topic most probably have way more experience than me with this!
Thanks for the response, ISv. I like the action of 2 & 4 a lot, but they suffer from lack of sharpness(2) or a distracting background(4). The other 3 are indeed sharp - of those I prefer 1 for a more interesting pose (to me) and 5 (like you) to zoom in on the snowflakes or Ollie(cat) details. But us pixel peepers are definitely not what the general public is. I think they enjoy the overall look and if it resonates with them at a dismally low price then they might consider buying one. But I'm not entering these for money (they probably won't sell any anyway) so I just enjoy showing them off and hearing kind words about them. Photography is, and will always be, just a fun hobby for me.
 

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One of the wintering Marbled Godwits paused long enough to catch a few frames of it against the reflection of the Belt of Venus.
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AlanF

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A couple of Gadwalls 65m away taken with RF 100-400mm on R5. Usual heavy crop.

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Alan for the result is more than excellent!

Now half-joking, heavy crop or not, are you sure that at 65m that these photos aren't taken with the RF100-500 and the RF2X ? :D

Fully joking: Doubled with Topaz- Gigapixel :ROFLMAO:

You have certainly put the new 100-400 to good use...
 
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AlanF

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Alan for the result is more than excellent!

Now half-joking, heavy crop or not, are you sure that at 65m that these photos aren't taken with the RF100-500 and the RF2X ? :D

Fully joking: Doubled with Topaz- Gigapixel :ROFLMAO:

You have certainly put the new 100-400 to good use...
Here is the full image and a screen shot showing the distance. OK, I exaggerated: it was only 64.33m not 65. DxO Deepprime noise reduction and default settings for sharpening.

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Here is the full image and a screen shot showing the distance. OK, I exaggerated: it was only 64.33m not 65. DxO Deepprime noise reduction and default settings for sharpening.

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Excellent photo as always Alan. Coming back from the second consecutive excursion I feel I want to rest (and PP my photos) so the
Here is the full image and a screen shot showing the distance. OK, I exaggerated: it was only 64.33m not 65. DxO Deepprime noise reduction and default settings for sharpening.

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Thanks! I guess I had a wrong impression of the distance. I started searching dng images for metadata info about distance and I found a Pelican I shot at 75m at 500mm and I made sense of the distance.

Here at 100% crop crop100-1.jpg
and here the full frame:
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So thanks for that. I was under the impression that the distances had to be closer. I had to read it to believe it was 75.
 
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Excellent photo as always Alan. Coming back from the second consecutive excursion I feel I want to rest (and PP my photos) so the

Thanks! I guess I had a wrong impression of the distance. I started searching dng images for metadata info about distance and I found a Pelican I shot at 75m at 500mm and I made sense of the distance.

Here at 100% crop View attachment 201214
and here the full frame:
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So thanks for that. I was under the impression that the distances had to be closer. I had to read it to believe it was 75.
I like the full frame.
 
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