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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.

    Thanks -Tim

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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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