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    Dorian has brought all kinds of rare birds for Nova Scotia. As I was waiting to see a gull-billed tern on the beach, this little guy was foraging in the wrack. He popped up 5 feet from me.
    This is full frame.
    I think the side-lighting works well here but will be interested in your thoughts.
    ISO 1600 SS 1/1000 F 5.6
    Nothing added or cloned but I did burn the round spot on the left of bird.
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    Stunning image.

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    Gail that is special! Whoaaaaa what a show stopper! Love the diffuse wrack and the light looks super to me, the eye and the bill - well I don't think they could be better. Those details in the lores and the beautiful colours in the bill - amazing!

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    Absolutely gorgeous shot Gail! Love the OOF foreground. Great detail and pose. I think the sidelighting works really well in this case. My only nit is the bit on the left that you've burned. I find it a bit distracting still and would personally clone it out, but definitely not a big issue at all. Wonderful work!

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    Nice Image, with great details on the bird.

    I would clone out the spot on the left side and Burn left of foreground to balance it with right side.

    TFS

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    Wow this is a nice closeup..
    The spot doesn't bother me, but I would use the healing brush and just blend it in,,
    instead of trying to burn it.
    Dan Kearl

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg cowle View Post
    Stunning image.
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    I'm odd man out, I guess. The detail is exquisite, and the side lighting works well for me. But I'm not that crazy about the oof foreground and would have loved to see more of the bird. Of course that wasn't possible since he popped up so close to you and this is full frame.

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    Well, I don't think anyone will complain about a lack of sharpness here!

    I like frames like this, where the bird pops up out of a mushy foreground - just a personal preference, gives a nice dreamy feel. I might be tempted to do a little more work on the left hand blob, but otherwise this is a real cracker

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    Yes to a quite beautiful young bird and a lovely image. The sidelight works well here because of the soft quality of the light; i.e., don't expect such beautiful results in bright sun.

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    A beauty Gail....Imagine this on a large canvas....wow. The colours throughout, the DOF, the light direction, detail and HA all there, big style. Well done

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    Great view of this sandpiper. Love the out of focus foreground and background. The side lighting is nice as well.

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    Beautiful image Gail! Super details, and I like the ambiance created by the warm off-center lighting conditions. I guess you could soften (but not eliminate) that bright spot at left, but no worries leaving it as is.

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    Really like this one. Great detail and a beautiful transition from OOF to the bird. Eye looks great. No nits from me, TFS

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