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Old Apr 30, 2007, 11:52 AM   #1
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I've been inspired by the fantastic nature shots from this forum and the fact that a breeding pair of Merlins have moved in across the street (and most of the songbirds have moved out). These are a couple of shots of one in my big backyard Elm tree.

Does the black border work or detract?

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Old Apr 30, 2007, 11:53 AM   #2
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 1:22 PM   #3
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For me, I prefer the 2nd one. The first looks like it needs a little more detail brought out by lightening the shadows.

Also the black border works really well.


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Nice shots and neat birds, I don't know that I have ever seen a picture of one. Looks like a dry clean only hawk that went through the wash on hot. :-) I also like the second one and I don't think the black border detracts at all.

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I was going to say that these are cute birds, but cute isn't the right word. These are nice, and the black border doesn't detract (small and unobtrusive). I'm not sure it particularly adds to the picture, but that's just my opinion. Too bad about the songbirds moving out (or is that a blessing because it's quieter?).
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Thanks for the suggestions. I've heard that dark borders can enhance picutres, but I wasn't entirely certain if these ones fit the bill.

Some chickadees and a few robins have stayed around and there's losts of crows, but the Merlins more than make up for the noise (very high pitched calls throughout the day, but particularly at dawn and dusk.)

http://www.winnipeg.ca/cms/ape/birds/sounds/Merlin.MP3


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No. 2 is my favourite, great shot.
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