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Old Feb 4, 2010, 5:02 AM   #11
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Ok you guys who want it without the rock, then what? How about the space on the left? You cant just say with or without the rock.
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Mole asked in his original post which of the 2 photos were preferable with or without the rock. I think I answered his question clearly. But since you've asked, I would prefer cropping a tad off the left, centering the Heron in the frame.
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Old Feb 4, 2010, 7:53 AM   #12
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Hi Zig. Ok you answered the question with backup. Thanks. Its also unanimous to move the bird more central. With the rock however, its a small clean object. Its pointed and it points right to the bill of the birds shadow, which leads us right back up to the bird. I cant really say which I like best because both ways serves a purpose. I guess it comes down to which size frame you want to end up using.
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Old Feb 4, 2010, 9:15 AM   #13
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My 2 cts. The rock is nothing but a distraction. Its small and bad placed. And you can't put the bird in the center cause you affect the balance of the pick and deprive the important space on the left, where the heron is looking at.
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Thanks so much for the helpful and diverse comments. Sorry to take so long to respond - have been away from computers and such for about a week. I really do appreciate all the very useful suggestions, and will try out several soon.
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Old Feb 9, 2010, 1:54 PM   #15
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Without the rock and center bird!
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 11:59 AM   #16
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My 2 cts. The rock is nothing but a distraction. Its small and bad placed. And you can't put the bird in the center cause you affect the balance of the pick and deprive the important space on the left, where the heron is looking at.
Agree 100%

Drop the rock and leave the bird as is.

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Old Feb 11, 2010, 10:25 PM   #17
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Like art, photography tends to be very subjective. Looking at your photo my eye goes right to that half of rock trying to figure out what it is. That takes away from your main subject. The main goal in photography is to lead the eye towards your main subject. Just my humble opinion of course...
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Old Feb 15, 2010, 11:19 PM   #18
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The rock, IMO, is waging a very strong battle for my focus. Without it, it is much easier to zero in on where my focus should be - on the bird.
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Thanks for all the very helpful input! Your words are of much help to me...
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