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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Battle Creek, Mi
Date: Apr 7, 2007
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2007

Another bird shot out the window.... these little guys get much brighter yellow in the spring.

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05/09/2007 11:10:47 PM
by karmat

Impressive capture.

I like how you have filled the frame with the bird. Though the bird is "centered" there is enough diagonal movement with the branches to prevent it from feeling too stagnant. Also, having the head closer to the edge of the frame than the head keeps it from being too centered.

Technically, the exposure and focus of this is great. The details in the feathers shows nicely, and I like that the viewer can actually discern "facial features."

The only think I don't like is the background. While I understand that you didn't have control over that, per se, it is a bland color that doesn't emphasize the bird's color as well as others would. So, even though it is a natural looking background, and though it doesn't have details to be distracting, it is too bland. Also, there is a little white speck between the "V" of the branches that looks out of place; I don't know what it is, but since this was advanced editing, it could have easily been cloned out.

Nice work, and if I need to further clarify or explain myself, please feel free to contact me.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 02:09:17 AM
a nice bird photo, but since this is expert editing you should have taken advantage of that and cloned out the blemish in the topleft portion of the image and brightened up the background, even changed the hue a bit to compliment the bird's coloring.. beautiful bird shot :)
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05/05/2007 12:44:53 PM
Very clear, very nice
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05/02/2007 05:28:45 PM
Yellow magic!
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05/02/2007 09:07:39 AM
you've done really well to capture this but could have benefitted from being a little bit sharper.
Also i'm not sure what the white line is to the left of the twig going up, but it's quite distracting - the good news is it can be easily cloned out on Photoshop :o)
I just hope it's not a scratch on your lens?
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05/01/2007 09:41:32 PM
Must have been shot through a window, you can see some obvious reflections.

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