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p.1 #1 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


A couple of oldies from the April visit to Dauphin Island.

The last 2 are from this morning. My normal spot is inaccessible due to water . Only found a couple of stilts . The damsels are still plentiful and from the looks of it will be for some time to come. The 500mm did macro again

As always, nits, crits, suggestions and comments are most appreciated.

Hope you enjoy,

Birdie




Oldie from Dauphin Island from April






Dauphin Island Willet






Black Neck Stilt from this morning






Damsels Still at it :)



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May 24, 2013 at 02:50 AM
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p.1 #2 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


The first two conjure nice memories of your visit to the island... love the Reddish, but the Willet is very nice too.
Beautiful BG for the Stilt flyby... excellent capture Birdie.
Very nice job on the Damsel gymnastics... inverted reflections in the drops are very cool.
Lovely set Birdie.

Kirk



May 24, 2013 at 02:58 AM
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p.1 #3 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Willet is my fave. Damsel shot is next. Lovely set Birdie.


May 24, 2013 at 03:09 AM
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p.1 #4 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Everything from your Dauphin Island shooting was some of your very best imagery and presentation So #1 and #2 are natural standouts for me.

#3, seems to be a bit lacking of wing coloring and or richness in overall color. Yes I am being picky.......and pushy

#4 Unique but may be just a bit too much pulling my interest. You did well on the water drops, the angle on the damsels I am a bit unsure of. The level of detail you normally have is not present on the damsels but i believe there was a compromise of focus and comp here........not in a bad way

I love the Reddish is sweet but the coloring and simplicity and overall feel of #2 is the winner in my eyes Birdie.

Really nice work and good creativity...
Karl




May 24, 2013 at 03:13 AM
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p.1 #5 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Hi Birdie,

I think this is a very nice set overall! I have a few nitpicks about each image that I'll share. I think they're more personal preference than hard fast rules. After all, it's YOUR art!

Reddish Egret: The pose is very nice. The PP is great. If you have any more room for cropping, I'd suggest giving the bird a little more room to the left of the image and perhaps a little more to the right. I think a 3:2 crop ratio might work better.

Willet: Perhaps a tad higher crop would be my preference on this one. The pose is nice with good eye contact from the bird.

Black-necked Stilt: I'd prefer the bird to be higher up in the frame with a little more room behind him. I tend to think of bird photos, especially when they're moving, as images that can give you somewhat of a sense of where they've come from and also where they're going. I prefer more negative space in the direction the bird is going (which you've done nicely here) than behind the bird.
The colors seem a tad bit muted on this photo.


Damselflies: What a cool shot! Is she holding on to his neck with her tail!?!?

As I said, these are my personal nitpicks and ones that are really choices the photographer gets to make. I've really enjoyed seeing your posts!

Ryan



May 24, 2013 at 03:19 AM
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p.1 #6 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Great set Birdie, and nice variety

-Tim



May 24, 2013 at 06:42 AM
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p.1 #7 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Splendid set Birdie! The Damselflies are my favorite.


May 24, 2013 at 07:55 AM
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p.1 #8 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


very nice Roberta... the first and last would be my favorite


May 24, 2013 at 08:14 AM
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p.1 #9 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Very nice set, Birdie. The first two are my favorites.
Chris



May 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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p.1 #10 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


A very nice set Birdie. It looks like the 500 is back in the saddle again. The BNSIF is my pick ~ Ron


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p.1 #11 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


These are all really beautiful. Just subtle, natural perfection!


May 24, 2013 at 03:19 PM
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p.1 #12 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Very nice set. Your getting better with the BIFs, Stilt looks great. Good variety


May 24, 2013 at 03:38 PM
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p.1 #13 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


The first two conjure nice memories of your visit to the island... love the Reddish, but the Willet is very nice too.
Beautiful BG for the Stilt flyby... excellent capture Birdie.
Very nice job on the Damsel gymnastics... inverted reflections in the drops are very cool.
Lovely set Birdie.

Kirk


Thank you Kirk. I do love the wildlife at Dauphin Island



Willet is my fave. Damsel shot is next. Lovely set Birdie.

Thank you Ken , much appreciated.



Everything from your Dauphin Island shooting was some of your very best imagery and presentation So #1 and #2 are natural standouts for me.

#3, seems to be a bit lacking of wing coloring and or richness in overall color. Yes I am being picky.......and pushy

#4 Unique but may be just a bit too much pulling my interest. You did well on the water drops, the angle on the damsels I am a bit unsure of. The level of detail you normally have is not present on the damsels but i believe there was a compromise of focus and comp here........not in a bad way

I love the Reddish is sweet but the coloring and simplicity and overall feel of #2 is the winner in my eyes Birdie.

Really nice work and good creativity...
Karl


Thank you so much Karl for the input. You know I appreciate it. Something about Dauphin Island relaxes me so much that I really love going out and finding subjects. On Dauphin Island, I don't have to watch for snakes, alligators and weirdos

I reworked the stilt , added some contrast and vibrance to the wings . Again, thank you !

Birdie




May 24, 2013 at 05:19 PM
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p.1 #14 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Love these shots


May 24, 2013 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #15 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


All very nice, Birdie, both technically and artistically. I also enjoy reading (and learn from) substantive comments; in this case, I went back to look at the before/after of the stilt, and I think Karl was, not surprisingly, on point. The "after" features a richer and more nuanced look to the stilt wing shadows.

No weirdos on Dauphin? That's good news.

Greg



May 24, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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p.1 #16 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Nice series...#1 for me. I like the pose he gave you!


May 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #17 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Love the first one here Roberta, Good set!
Douglas



May 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM
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p.1 #18 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Love the set. last one is my favorite.
Harsha



May 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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p.1 #19 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


Excellent set, love he pose on the first.

Vic



May 25, 2013 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #20 · Stilt, Willet , Reddish , and Damsels


They're all excellent, but the first is stunning. Very nice series.


May 25, 2013 at 02:05 AM
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