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Old Dec 21, 2008, 1:09 PM   #1
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I was out shooting waterfowl at the local wildlife refuge yesterday and the light was not very good for shooting ducks and geese but it make for a very moody sunset.

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Old Dec 21, 2008, 1:10 PM   #2
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Shot #2
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Old Dec 21, 2008, 1:13 PM   #3
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I was trying for an extreme silhouette. I can't decide if it worked or not.
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 1:27 AM   #4
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Hi Steve

I'll get straight to the point: I love the 2nd shot. Imho a huge step above photo 3, and somewhat better than photo 1. (of course, this is just my opinion!)

The blurred reeds in the foreground / front of photo 3 distract me.... just doesn't "work" for me. The lack of colours on the whole in photo 1 slightly reduce the impact for me (though I have to admit, the reflection is super cool).

Photo 2 has both clear composition and wonderful contrast between the blue mountains in the distance, the yellow/orange sky. I also really like the sets of birds flying (and silhouetted) in the sky - both the 2 closer and those (more) further away.

Also, when I looked at the photo closer, I noticed all those (white) birds sitting at the edge of the lake (or whatever water formation this is). That captured / added additional interest to me!

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Also wishing you a blessed Christmas.

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Old Dec 22, 2008, 6:30 AM   #5
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Pics 1 and 2 are very well done. Number 3 would be better, I think, if the reeds were sharper and less of a distraction.
Overall, beautiful pics Steve! I wish I could have been there.
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I loved both #1 & #2 for the reasons Paul elaborately put above

Still,I cannot forego the dignity and vastness providedin the first one!

Anyway, IMO, the second picture could further benefit the contrast the blue mountains offer alsoinaccentuating the silhouettes of the trees..




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Old Dec 23, 2008, 10:13 AM   #7
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I want to thank, you all three, for your comments. I very much appreciate your critiques and I agree now that the out of focus reeds are just too distracting in picture number 3.

Thanks again and I wish you all a wonderful new year filled with peace and much happieness.

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