|👋 Hello Laszlo,
Thank you very much for your critique ☺ where you wanted to present the Goliath Heron in different perspective. I'm glad 🕺that you like my chosen vertical frame.
But picture neither "too bright" nor "lacking contrast". To me this is the perfect crop because here I wanted to show the bird in its natural habitat;it's not a PORTRAIT of Goliath Heron. So I intentionally gave bit space in front of the bird because its body is facing that side;more over Morning light on marshland looks nice to me. 'Rule of third' is only a Rule;when you will understand this then you will try to get rid of it to make a different PHOTOGRAPH. RULE OF THIRD DOESN'T WORK ALL TIME.
Now about your WORKSHOP ☺
Cropping tightly, you destroyed 😢 the essence of nature here. Even cropped upper portion makes this bird in cage 😢. I'm not ready to follow this Rule Of Third here to keep the bird in cage;even not giving much BREATHING SPACE 😲.
Too much contrast in your Workshop picture and it doesn't look natural to me. Its slate gray back and upper wing look BLUISH 😢 and due to heavy contrast you wiped out details even on its back and lower feathers. Chestnut feathers look 😌 reddish. It doesn't look like same as my Goliath Heron 😢.
Thanks again for your try ☺ but I'll go with my own picture this time 🕺
Have a nice week ☺
Goliath Heron (7)