Good DOF, good composition. Perhaps the geese in the far background can be blurred a little more?
Of all the finished challenges this one of yours stands out head-and-shoulders above the others! Not in the least "flattery" to say this is really beautiful and expressive. Congrats.
I would crop from the LHS to a vertical line through the building side of the white rock and horizontally from the bottom to comfortably retain all of the reflection. This would bring the duck's / geese on the RHS pond to be more prominent.
Crop close to the image and I would brighten up the whole (increase saturation and vibrancy, if you can.
I think this is a "mood" photo. Tranquil. Colors not too bright. Would consider a crop of bottom to "just above the white spot". If no crop - clone out the said white spot.
I agree with the previous comments - a little more saturation and contrast. A small crop from the top and left (maybe a "square" crop?) to see what they bring to the great "movement capture") photo.
How on earth did you get the bird to hold it's head still?!!!
I also like the shot, I also think it would look better in square or horizontal format ..... Not a very original comment, but I can't find any other suggestion that has merit (would be "nit-picking"). Maybe ....... slightly less contrast ....?
The waves are a little big for a pond .......... but that aside, the B & W is a good choice. I would give photo a severe crop with the guy just off centre to the left - "looking inwards". Would get rid of all the bamboo raft on the left.
My comment is "Steve verbatum". A closer crop and get rid of the date. Great colors and sharp detail.
I agree that this is different and unusual. Would definitely remove the name.
The frog further-est from camera is one I took a shot of!! Must be hiring out out as an extra!
Great shot with all the technicalities "ticked off". I wouldn't change a thing. Well spotted and shot.
Personally, repeat - personally , I find the sharpening and HDR ( ? ) a little too strong. I also have a small problem reconciling the lack of "small things associated with ponds ...". Can't deny that this is an artistic representation.
I suggest a crop - on the left to almost the tail, from the top down to halfway between top edge and head and finally to just below the reflection of the head. Would also play a bit with the "levels". Ditch the frame. I did all this on a copy and it looks a great deal better.
All the comments are essentially the same, for good reason! No further "tweaking" necessary as far as I can see....... Beautiful shot.
My comment didn't get posted - finger trouble. My comment is the same as all below - post in color and bump the contrast a little. Great and different interpretation ...... I see a color version is uploaded .......
I like the composition just as it is. Would be very gentle if you sharpen - the photo at the moment is "slightly soft" (in this case a Good thing) and the heron seems sharp enough to me. I would clone out the orange blob on the rock and the brown blob on the rock below the birds tail?
I am not sure ....Are you changing this "original" photo as per comments? Have you uploaded an "Ignore" - blank copy?
If this is the photo on which we should comment, then my only suggestion is to try bumping up the contrast a little.
I would crop out the white duck and clone out the excrement .........
Crop half-way between the white spot and the top. Crop on the left to middle of leaf. Clone out the white spot. I think this is going to be "up front" in the votes ......
I would crop to the level of the "bank" in the background and the same proportion from the LHS (to get the focal reeds more to left (Rule of thirds)