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    Default Juvenile Northern Pintail at the Bosque del Apache

    Greetings. I think this is a juvenile, though it might be a mature female. I think, though, that because of the ill-defined darker brown on the bird's head, it is a juvenile.Want to help with that?

    I was taking instruction at the Bosque del Apache during the Festival of the Cranes. The best of all possible worlds. Just inside the beginning of the tour loop is a small pond that was dominated by Northern pintails, which were flying in from a larger pond across a road.

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    Jim, nice shot, good light, nice catchlight and decent BG. I might add just a tiny bit more contrast but that's it.
    From what I Googled looks like an immature pintail, drake or hen I couldn't tell you for sure.

    -Tim

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    Thanks, Tim. Especially for taking the time to check the bird's ID. Contrast. I think you mean on the subject. I played around with more blurring and brightening of the BG, and the distinction looked a bit artificial. I'll go to work on the subject.

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    Hi Jim, nice shot. I like pintails favorite of the ducks. Not sure about Id when they molt look so different .I think it is a mature female.Back ground is busy for me. Nothing you can do about that.It's what you get sometimes.

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    Thanks, Kevin. I agree about the background. I blurred it a bit and lightened it, but it is still what it is.

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    Hi Jim -- agree with Tim just a bit more contrast. I really like the landing pose here and the 'S' neck. Nice look at the wings and eye. BG is a bit busy but I'd be pretty happy with this. TFS

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    Thanks, Alex. As my teacher says, the background is often the majority of a photograph's real estate. And this BG is not working. I spent considerably more time with this and haven't liked any of the results. Takeaway: Be certain the BG is useable and works for the photograph before proceeding. So I suppose it was worth it.

    Thanks to all.

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    Jim...I agree with your teacher. The bg is as important as the subject. I think of the bg as my canvas. If I can't find a good bg I will usually walk away. I do like the wing position and the sharpness of the shot. Keep shooting!

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