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    Here is another Semi-Palmated Plover taken in the spring migration on the Pacific Northwest coast. Couldn't get down any lower than my belly. Cloned away some garbage and water. Anybody have any rules of thumb for doing that or is it a matter of personal preference? I think the head could've been a little sharper or perhaps there is some motion blur.

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    Hi Moe

    I like the light in this image and the reflection's nice. I agree with you on the motion blur. As for cloning objects out, unless they're truly distracting, I rely on the squinting technique and remove the stuff that I find competing with the subject for my attention. Otherwise I tend to leave them in.

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    This image is a lot better than the first one. Better light, better processing and I think a better camera.
    No pattern at that I can see. Looks much cleaner.
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    I love the foot just barely touching the water, pretty neat. Yes, some blur on the face which is unfortunate. Cloning out items is a matter of personal taste. Having said this, and realizing you already did some here, there are three other items I would remove - including and especially the large oof mud clump at left edge. As for the comp: Since the head is smothered by smudging down below, I would crop up to the point where the reflection ends. it would make for a far cleaner image with a more solid anchoring at the bottom. Good low angle you got, which I really like.

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    Ditto both Dans. I struggle to understand motion blur on a walking shorebird at 1/2000 sec ... This one is way better than the other as there is light on the face. There is, however, a lot of crud in the water. At the least, the large clump behind the bird needs to go.

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    ps: Semipalmated is one word :)

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    Nice the foot is just about to touch the water. The mud is what it is. But thats nature for you. Nice pose on the plover.

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    nice low angle, light and calm water. I'd clone put most of the crud in the water and try to recover more details from the blacks. color could go a bit warmer for my taste
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