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We are still in the Keys and visited the Blue Hole (lake) on Big Pine. This is the only fresh water lake in the Keys (and it is a former rock quarry!). It is kept full by rain and salt water filtered through the surrounding limestone. Another photographer found this Green Heron nestled several branch layers back. Fortunately I was able to find a "window" through the branches. Getting back to the computer I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out. Other than converting it to jpeg, I just did a little noise reduction on it. I may "play" with it more, but I kind of hate to maybe screw it up! To me this image has an almost "alice in wonderland" effect.








Apr 23, 2013 at 01:06 AM
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Good looking shot John. The tree on the left is a tad distracting because it is a solid looking, large shape, in contrast to the rest of the framing material.


Apr 23, 2013 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · A Green Heron - Through the Looking Glass


Good point Ken. Thanks.
John



Apr 23, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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KCollett wrote:
Good looking shot John. The tree on the left is a tad distracting because it is a solid looking, large shape, in contrast to the rest of the framing material.


Thanks Ken. Here is the same image cropped a bit.








Apr 23, 2013 at 02:29 AM
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I like where you were going with the image, for me darker would be better and will like emphasize the eye even more
another alternative is to crop in about 1/4 the way from the left maybe and let the GH lean into the comp, the arching branch is a great tool to use here, neat one!

Karl



Apr 23, 2013 at 03:56 AM
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Karl Witt wrote:
I like where you were going with the image, for me darker would be better and will like emphasize the eye even more
another alternative is to crop in about 1/4 the way from the left maybe and let the GH lean into the comp, the arching branch is a great tool to use here, neat one!

Karl


Thank you Karl. I very much appreciate the advice.



Apr 23, 2013 at 01:48 PM
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Karl Witt wrote:
I like where you were going with the image, for me darker would be better and will like emphasize the eye even more
another alternative is to crop in about 1/4 the way from the left maybe and let the GH lean into the comp, the arching branch is a great tool to use here, neat one!

Karl


Karl and Ken, it's been very informative and educational working with you on this image. I appreciate your help. Here's where it's at.

John








Apr 23, 2013 at 02:45 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · A Green Heron - Through the Looking Glass


Very nice use of the natural frame John

Morris



Apr 23, 2013 at 09:46 PM
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morris wrote:
Very nice use of the natural frame John

Morris

Thank you Morris.



Apr 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · A Green Heron - Through the Looking Glass


John, very nice use of the arching branch indeed.
I like the last version best.
Chris



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · A Green Heron - Through the Looking Glass


Huge difference with that crop. Really nice picture with the branch framing the heron.
Rick



Apr 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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CDaescher wrote:
John, very nice use of the arching branch indeed.
I like the last version best.
Chris

Thanks Chris. Yes, I appreciate Ken and Karl's suggestions.



Apr 24, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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slopoki wrote:
Huge difference with that crop. Really nice picture with the branch framing the heron.
Rick

Thanks Rich. It is always fun to see have different the same photo can look.



Apr 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · A Green Heron - Through the Looking Glass


great lookin heron John


Apr 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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Each redo is better John. I like the way you darkened the GH too.

I'm going to disagree with Karl on this one Though. I think the "framing" branch would be more effective if you showed the closed part on the left, so I'd crop on the left just enough to leave the clump of leaves on the left. That leaves the GH more centered than I'd like, but still improves the comp. YMMV

Since it's your shot, you are the final judge though ~ Ron



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:07 AM
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kmunroe wrote:
great lookin heron John


Thanks Kenny.



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:19 AM
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surfnron wrote:
Each redo is better John. I like the way you darkened the GH too.

I'm going to disagree with Karl on this one Though. I think the "framing" branch would be more effective if you showed the closed part on the left, so I'd crop on the left just enough to leave the clump of leaves on the left. That leaves the GH more centered than I'd like, but still improves the comp. YMMV

Since it's your shot, you are the final judge though ~ Ron


Thanks Ron, it has been enjoyable process. I have it cropped the way you reference on the computer and I like it. I like the last one posted also. I'm going to mull it over for a while (probably with some mulled-type beverage!). It is a very nice problem to have.



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:24 AM
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Very nice shot John ! I can't believe I am going to say this , as most times I agree with Karl. However on this one I would not crop in quite so much from the left . I probably would darkened the background just a tad.

No matter what you , it is a great shot.

Birdie



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:29 AM
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birdied wrote:
Very nice shot John ! I can't believe I am going to say this , as most times I agree with Karl. However on this one I would not crop in quite so much from the left . I probably would darkened the background just a tad.

No matter what you , it is a great shot.

Birdie

Lol! Thanks Birdie. It is a bit of a quandary. I like the branch being like a rainbow curving on either side of him, but I also like the deeper crop on the left which does make the GH look like he is leaning into the photo. I may use it both ways depending on the situation!

I'll experiment with the background and see how it looks.




Apr 24, 2013 at 01:36 AM





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