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    Hi all,

    Some off you might remember I posted a feeding Red-necked Phalarope a few months back. This is the same bird but standing on a small stone when the setting sun got covered by some clouds which provided this soft light. I liked this frame because of the background and the somewhat unusual standing-pose from the bird.
    All comments and suggestions appreciated!



    Canon 5D Mark IV | Canon 500mm f/4 L USM IS II | ISO 640 | 1/1000s | f/9.0

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    A beautiful image, I like the pose and composition. Given the lighting conditions you describe the image appears a little bright to my eye, having said that a very striking image.
    (Just for curiosity I applied a levels layer and moved the gamma slightly to the right.)

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    This is beautiful Ivan.
    Love the still water, the low POV and that wonderful BG.
    Love, love the little toe sticking out of the water.
    I agree with Jonathan that reducing the brightness slightly would look good.
    I also think a bit off the bottom would look nice as well.
    A beautiful frame so well done!
    Gail

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    What a spectacularly plump Phalarope, in a great standing pose. Very nice POV, gorgeous BG. Yes to just a tiny bit less brightness. Congratulations on a lovely frame.

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    As a big shorebird aficionado, I like this a lot, Ivan. Fluffy feathers are cool and the details are excellent across the bird. Head angle is perfect, and I like the composition as is. I might bump the blacks a bit to add a touch of contrast. Or just turn the lights down a bit, your choice.

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    Wow... exposure looks perfect. Beautiful frame.
    Dan Kearl

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    Beautiful pose, detail, color and composition. The background has just enough texture to really make this interesting. Good job in the water and point of view

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    This is awesome. Great pose, setting, background, soft light, etc. Agree with some of the above suggestions. I love these birds and would love to photograph one. The bit of color in the neck adds a lot. TFS

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