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    I was excited to see this little kingbird in a field of blue flowers. But I cannot decide on how to crop this image...any ideas?
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    My first reaction would be not to crop it. With the bird looking away and leaving this image as
    it is, I get a more 'lonely' type of feel as he searches...vs, lets say you crop off the left part
    of the image. For me at least, now I'll be wondering what he's looking at.

    Plus, by not cropping, you have a nice balance of blooms on the left and right.

    The only thing I'd do is, clone out that stem that's going across the breast and to the left
    of that, the other longer stem.

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    Bob,

    I really like this picture the habitat is just beautiful. I might take a layer off the right, work the eye a bit (lighten) and clone the intersecting stem as noted by Doug. Consider walking you eye around the edges, clean and smooth as needed. Nice composition, I feel the natural beauty of that area - thanks for posting - keep em coming.
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    Hi Bob- IS there any chance of extracting some detail from the heavy blacks around the face?

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    Bob, It's a very nice scene, I am in the no crop camp. I agree it's balanced with the high stems on each side. As mentioned . I would like to see more deatail on his face.

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    Bob, I first looked at this photo yesterday, now came back to it. I'm with Doug in leaving the crop as is. It's a beautiful habitat and nice blooms on both the left and right. I'd like to see more of the eye. Well done.

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    I like this one just the way it is. very nice capture

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    I like it too as is crop wise. I'd also like to see some more of the eye, and I'd clean up the two grass stems going above the diagonal perch near the bird. Just bring them down below the perch would be good. The image has a lovely, peaceful feeling.
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    Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions!

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    lovely as is crop wise, but as mentioned, more detail around face if possible. I would also experiment with cloning out some of the main perch stem. Something about it being so horizontal and across entire image bugs me. Shouldn't be to difficult to clip it just a bit beyond the bird and make it look natural.

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