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Title: Warbler
Warbler (44)
EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)

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ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-09-08 8:36]

This is a great bird portrait Mario - perfect sharpness and great light.
I like how you filled the bottom of the frame with the bush, and the stretched elongated pose of the bird makes this a bit more interesting than the standard shot.
I think having a bit more space to the right of the bird would have improved it, giving space for the bird to 'look into', but other than that this is excellent.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-09-08 8:32]

I like how you caught the two birds facing in different directions Atish, and the shallow depth of field works well.
It looks like you took this on a mirror lens, and I like the quality of the defocused background.
Sharpness on the nearer bird could be better, and I think you really need to post this at a larger size for it to be appreciated fully.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-09-08 6:46]

This is a very good bird portrait Thijs, I like the tight framing and the combination of sharp focus and shallow depth of field.
The dappled light is attractive, although the high contrast has resulted in slight burn-out in the highlights. Not enough to worry about though.
Good work.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-09-08 6:43] [+]

You took this in great light Bob, and it's really brought out the colours of the trees very nicely.
Maybe it wasn't possible, but I think I'd have preferred it if you'd included the top of the tree. The over-exposed sky is a bit of a shame, but quite hard to avoid, especially when shooting digitally.
I like it though, mainly for the good use of colour.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-08-28 2:05]

Great warm evening light on the bird, and indeed throughout the image. I like the simplicity of your composition, and the way the angle of the bird's body and head cuts diagonally through the frame.
There seems to be a strange soft halo around the edges of the bird which doesn't look like the effects of shallow depth of field - I suspect it's more to do with sharpening technique than the original photo itself. It doesn't matter too much.
I like how the bright green eye stands out from the more muted hues in the rest of the image.
Good work Manyee.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-08-27 1:31]

Wonderful light here Murray, and I really like the simplicity of your composition. The way the land rises from sea-level on the right in a gradual slope up to the hill on the left works very well.
I think it's excellent, well done.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-08-27 1:29]

Ah, the oystercatcher - one of my favourite waterbirds.
You've photographed it very well against a harmonious and neutral background. Good sharpness on the bird too.
One thing though - I'd have preferred it if you'd left a bit more space in front of the bird so it was less central in the frame and had more space to 'move into'.
Other that that, it's a very good shot.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-08-26 8:54]

A strong and simple image, and I like the way the top of the moon being in shadow makes it appear egg-shaped - certainly makes it more interesting.
I like the clean black sky and the contrast it makes with the golden moon, but the purple light blooms at either side are a bit of a shame. Maybe you could clone these areas out to bring the image more in line with what you saw at the time.
I've noticed similar problems with blooming myself when shooting long exposures at night, usually when the exposure is several minutes long. I imagine your exposure here was a lot shorter than that though.
I like it though, good work Jim.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-08-26 8:47]

This is excellent Fatih - you caught both birds in really interesting and dramatic positions, and the sharpness is spot-on. Good placement of the birds within the frame too.
The clean, neutral background allows us to enjoy the action with no distractions.
Good work.

Cheers,
Ben

ben4321 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2007-08-22 8:27]

It's an interesting series of shots Harry, and although I think that combining images in this way can sometimes be a bit gimmicky, here it works very well.
The bears look great against the white snowy background, making for a simple and minimalist image.
I think any one of them would have worked well as a single image, although I must say that the final frame on the right is my favourite.

Cheers,
Ben