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    Default Early Morning Cedar Waxwing

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    Ive been trying all summer to catch a good pose with a group of cedars at the river, this one I caught at first light 2 days ago with the sun just starting to hit the chest, it was just slightly underexposed but turned out a good look. Hope you like it
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    I like the way the light exposes the feather detail, Mike. Capturing that on a Waxwing is not easy because the feathers are so fine. Nice comp. too. I would wish for a sight head turn toward the viewer.

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    Yeah, I like this. The pose seems someone trained this cedar waxwing. Love it.

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    Hi Mike, just a few comments. This shot would probably look better with a portrait crop and not so centered (more room in front) and a bit higher in frame if you have the room.
    Also shot looks a bit crunchy, maybe over-sharpened a bit trying to pull out details that weren't quite there? Also I would remove the bottom of the 2 catchlights it will make the shot look sharper.

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    Nice work Mike, although being in Australia, I'm not familiar with this species. I agree with Tim that not having the bird centred would be better (bird more on left of crop). I'd also be tempted to lighten shadows on the back a whisker. Minor point but best to avoid your copyright sig over the bird's tail.

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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate all your comments, I will rework this soon and repost. Mike

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    Hi everyone I re centered the bird in the frame a little and slightly toned down the sharpness, For those who have shot this bird before you know how hard it is to get feather detail, they are so smooth, the sun angle did the defining for me, and I may have accented it a little too much. added some frame to the bottom. Is that better?

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    Mike, I think the vertical position in the original post was fine. I (and Tim) were suggesting the bird be moved left in the crop rather than centred. But of course those aesthetics are your choice in the end.

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    Neat sidelight and a sweet BKGR and yes, a bit too centered still for me in the re-post.

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    Hi Mike ,Great capture. I have had a hard time getting these or getting close. A lot smaller bird then you realize.Also Carolyn is correct they do have very fine details in the feathers.Yes you did capture this bird at first light. Agree with what has been said Keep posting.

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