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Coastal garden... (~30 ft from the front door)
Coastal garden... (~30 ft from the front door)

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Challenge: In the Garden II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon Extender EF 2x
Location: St. John's NL
Date: Feb 22, 2010
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2010

This cormorant was not 30 feet from the from door. I hope that counts as in the garden... but I guess to be fair, If you live on the coast with a cliff behind you... this is as good a garden as it gets.

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03/04/2010 01:27:49 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

First impressions are of a general softness in the shot.

Technically I think there are a couple of areas to improve on in this shot. First it feels soft, a little more sharpening would help but of course you need to be careful not to over sharpen as that can ruin a shot. Second, as has been noted already, this is slightly over exposed. Leaving these issues aside, composition is good.

Artistically I like the pose of the bird, it feels interesting and not a bland "bird on a rock" shot. For more interest perhaps experiment with crops that do not include the whole bird - for example, a square crop of the right hand part of the frame.

In summary a good shot that was let down a little by the technicals and also from some voters mistrust that this is anywhere near a garden :)

Feel free to PM me if you have any queries.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2010 01:25:27 AM
Nice capture. It is however OE by at least 1 stop. There is some CA going on in your glass. Try using curves in PS to improve the image's contrast.
03/01/2010 04:55:14 PM
-garden +bird. Great pose! Background/framing works well too.
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02/27/2010 04:57:02 PM
a little over exposed. Maybe bring it down a bit. It looks salvageable. Cool find, though!
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02/27/2010 03:48:13 AM
Lucky you! Super portrait of this cormorant in its typical wing drying pose.
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02/24/2010 07:32:57 AM
What a front yard. Nice. Can I come visit lol.
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