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This will only be based on technical merits only ……….. Some of it may be bias do to the conditions in which the images were taken, but we are not here to make friends are we. None the less please see this as an honest critique.
This shot is just alright. The framing may be a bit tight tho.
Nice close-up. In my opinion, a vertical orientation would have been a better choice.
Good flight / dive shot with nice wing spread/position. In this one, I find the tree and especially all the branches very distracting. Looking past the clutter the Owl looks ok.
Again, not a really bad shot. The position of the wing indicates gliding so the flat angle in them does not entail movement: I would have used a different aperture to get perfect focus throughout. Panning technique looks adequate.
Ok stationary shot. The colour of the background is generally quite distracting. I would also clone out the branches in the lower right corner. The "sweet light" everyone is usually looking for does not quite work here because of the sky. This is probably personal taste but background complementing the subject is normally recommending for best results.
Image # 6
See comment for #1
Good detail. Composition could be improved with a bit more room at the top and by not having the subject so centered.
Image # 8
By far it is the most original shot in this series. I do like the pose and the perch is fine.
See comment on #2.
A little better than # 1 and 5 as far as framing in concern, but it is still a bit too tight for my liking. Again some cloning may be in order. There is also something distracting behind the bird’s left leg (right side when actually looking at the image) that seem strange. Back to cloning, there is a distracting blob just in the corner of the bird’s tail. It almost looks like sensor dust.
Overall, not a bad series. I would just like to comment about the overall sharpness and detail in all of the photos, especially the close ups. Detail seems to be somewhat muddy, not quite as clear as should be. This is especially apparent in the feathers and eyes, well I guess, the whole subject, really. Could be different issues: image compression when downsizing for posting , post-processing, equipment, photographer's technique, etc. It could also be the sharpening prior to downsizing, but that would be part of post-processing. This issues is sometime related to cropping but in this case, it may not be likely given the semi control situation in which they were taken and you may have had too much lens for this photo opportunity. Also, are you shooting jpeg or raw as this may also have some sort of influence.
As I would think that you probably were anticipating comments, my first reaction was to begin this way: “crops or crap” but I did change my mind.
Again, I only wanted to concentrate on the educational value of the end shots and I hope you can appreciate that. Although the bottom line is that you still have a lot of work to do before any of the shots can be quilified as technically perfect. Kind of disapointing ......... If you ask me......
PS: I wish I could have been quicker but you know how it works ....... life kind of gets in the way.
You also probably note that my post has been edited. Why? just to refine my critiques.
Edited on Feb 09, 2013 at 11:48 PM · View previous versions