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    Default Slavonian Grebe

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    I love the low POV, and the calling pose is superb, but from my experience, the shot looks quite thin in its tones, I'd suggest at least boosting the blacks by a few points.

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    How sweet. Great hairdo, good calling pose. Beautiful calm water blending smoothly into background.

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    Very nice Gail. Great POV and pose. Open mouth looks great. It does look a wee bit thin, more contrast perhaps. Maybe its the light?

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    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the extra set of eyes on this image. I didn't see the thin blacks until you mentioned it.
    Here is my repost with blacks added. it definitely looks better!

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    Wow Gail this is awesome. I like pretty much everything about it, especially the repost. A BG to die for!

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    The pose, details and background are all perfect. Set off by that green and calm water it is just beautiful. I actually think that you could add a touch more contrast or a bit more blacks to the neutrals of the bird.

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    Repost is a substantial improvement. Great pose and eye contact. The calm water, soft reflection, and pretty water add a lot to an already nice frame.
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    res[pt much better, I like the soft tones and the low angle. good job on this frame
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    Add me to the 'likes' - a really striking image with how the pastels surrounding the bird. Also the way the background blends seamlessly into the water adds an almost ethereal quality.

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    Hey Gail, lovely image as usual. Mark me down that the repost is better. Beautiful bird, perfect head angle and background, I'm jealous. Thank you for sharing.
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    Hi Gail, excellent low perspective, and well timed to capture the open beak. I really like these type of images where the water seems calm and endless. Repost is a killer.

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    Lovely Gail, that BG, POV, relfection, the wonky hair and eye, and the very calm water are all excellent. TFS

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    Beautiful low angle, great soft light and I love the open bill and head angle. All in all, an excellent shot.

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    What a beauty!! Love everything, including the re-post. One of your better static frames Gail!!
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