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Great shot....would a closer crop bring the bird out more, yet keep it off centre?- tonimichelle
The backlighting brings out the delicate structure of the bird nicely. I almost see this as a B&W photograph.-Joe Pineapples
I wouldn't change crop and color is already very desaturated.But I would recommend to add a tad of blur in the background to smooth the bokeh in the water (not too much, please).- blosshapperter
I'd never noticed that odd effect in the background. It is on the original. It almost looks like an interference pattern with the ripples. I've done a version blurring the background but will wait to see what anyone else says. I tried a black and white version but it does not look as good and it is already cropped a bit so more copping will lose quality.- CJF2
I really like the composition of this picture and the lighting on the egret. you were able to showcase this bird, in it's entirety, very well, graceful and serene which is complimented by the lovely surroundings. if I need to offer something, although at this point it is pretty nitpicky, I might suggest erasing the vegetation/branch/grass thing or part of it that leads into the birds left wing (right side of picture-gidgetto
Very nice nature shot. I like the bird the reeds and the water. I don't like the top branches. I would crop this shot right above the egret wings, making is more panoramic.-calboy87
I agree with CalBoy about cropping above the wings. But I would also then crop a bit off the bottom, so that this is (roughly) the same amount of space above and below the bird.Love the back-lighting on the bird...very dramatic.Because the colors are already so muted, I'm not sure how much of a change a B & W version would be, but it would be interesting for you to experiment with this, and see how that looks to your eyes.- Santamonica812
White birds in sunlight are hard to photograph. You have done well-jetals
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I'd never noticed that odd effect in the background. It is on the original. It almost looks like an interference pattern with the ripples. I've done a version blurring the background but will wait to see what anyone else says. I tried a black and white version but it does not look as good and it is already cropped a bit so more copping will lose quality.
Thanks. I'm in New Zealand at the moment so not entering any challenges at the moment. No steam this holiday but some pretty good bird viewing and ok but not stunning photography.
What? Crop out that face that his mother and wife love so much?!
Oscar Rico: Congratulations cjf2: Very nice work. Best regards: Oscar
Thanks, Oscar. I enjoyed you entry too.
Thanks everyone. The poor man started at 4am, was working as a volunteer on the footplate until 6 pm then was due to go and work a night shift at his normal job!
Great picture of a hard to approach bird.
CaseyComo: Great shot. And what a subject! No aspersions, but IMO with such a charismatic bird, it's almost like cheating. ;) Beautiful!
Hey it was hard work you know; someone had to put the make up on, tell the dumb bird where to stand and arrange the sand eels in a pleasing manner!
tecnoworld: Gorgeous picture, perhaps a bit oversharpened, but very - VERY - good.
Looks like you are Italian, technoworld, and several of the days I was on the Farne Islands there were several of your fellow countrymen taking pictures of Puffins very seriously. The sharpening effect is a filter in Topaz Adjust with boosting of local contrast etc. One of the pleasures of Conanfuji's competitions is being able to use such filters. The original is good, sharp, against an out of focus sea and with a bit of fill in flash to add sparkle on a dull day but the filter improved it I think.
Thanks everybody. It's hard not to love a Puffin.
robertofabbri: Excellent, just excellent
Thanks. I like your pictures too. You'll have to come to England and spend a week on the Farne Islands where the picture was taken.