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Old Mar 24, 2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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I don't usually ask for critiques, but I was rumaging around my archives and found this old shot. At the moment I'm so enamoured of it, that I might be getting carried away with appreciation, so I'd like some critiques.

I call these kind of shots, "Birdscapes," because ithe distance is to far to give details of the bird. All I did to this shot in PP was to crop a little off the left, and a little unsharp mask. It's almost full frame.



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Old Mar 24, 2010, 12:50 PM   #2
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Dave, where is this that you took the photo... Looks so green!!!
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 12:55 PM   #3
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Dave, where is this that you took the photo... Looks so green!!!
This was shot in Putnum County New York, about seventy miles north of New York City. The actual shot is greener than this... It lost saturation by translating for the net, and I gave up on increasing saturation.

It was taken in late June, probably June of 03

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Oh, ok... I was going to say that if it is this green now... in jok'n March, and I am knee-deep in snow... I'm about to scream. Thanks for the photo, Dave. Ned
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To be honest, this shot would go in my digital trash bin as being uninteresting. The hawk is too small to justify its inclusion and, without the hawk, the scene offers very little of interest.
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Does anyone else besides Walter have a critique? Not many critiques so far...

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The hawk was lost on first glance with the back ground. I must agree that without the hawk, it is just a plane picture. If the hawk was more pronounce and more detailed. It would be more interesting. I would try to crop in to see if you can pull more details of the Hawk. There is no lost to the photo by cropping out the trees that are haze out already.
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I'm agree with Walter, the subject is lost so doesn't work.

There are some shots where a bird not filling the frame works but this is too lost in the trees, which by themselves are not interesting enough. So either the bird needs to be more prominent or it the scene needs to be strong with the bird adding something to it.
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I like this shot because it's three dimensional. And yes without the hawk, it's merely a technical exercise in how to make shots three dimensional.

Thanks for all the feedback!

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