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    Haystack Rock, Oregon coast.
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    Nice perch and pose on both. I like the bookend feel of this one. TFS

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    Dan, I love the concept of this one and a nice pop of colors with the feet in contrast with the darks! Again, a new species for me also.

    Were you maxed on framing at the left and right as shown? Might be crazy, but I would love to see a version with more on L and R with some cut off the top - perhaps a 16x9? Maybe also clone or dodge some on the vertical black bkg stripe on left.

    I also see quite a bit of what appears to be halos on my screen around the bird bodies.

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    Brian, not a lot of room on left or right for better comp.
    I see no halos. Actually looking hard you may be right,
    I sharpen my web photos with TK actions, I choose the setting, I chose too much.
    I could get rid of the dark vertical, I thought it was minor.
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    Dan. I really like the composition here. David's "bookend feel" describes it well! I do see the halos. The dark strip on the right is a little distracting, but not a deal breaker, I can see a version with the birds closer together...tail tips almost touching.

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    Thanks Paul,
    I am sorry, I cannot make them come together... I am not sure what kind of criticism that is?
    I cannot change the photo after the photo, I cannot change the positions, if I could, every photo would be fantastic....
    Dan Kearl

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    I like this one, it is not that often they face each other, this is more typical. I see a slight halo especially the one on the right around the neck and upper chest.

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    I like how they are not facing each other. I wonder what they were looking at. Those feet really stand out.

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    A fine image. A few nits noted above but none that really harms the image. I think of this species as looking very black, so to me these appear a bit pale. Maybe because I've never been lucky enough to photograph them in soft light. I also see a slight bit of halo in spots; hard to avoid with black birds on light BG. I don't know how much feathering of the selection the TK action gives you.

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    These birds are an exposure nightmare in direct sun, but you've handled the challenge well here. I would sharpen the left face a bit more; this is where dropping to f/8 in the moment might have helped but that's
    easy to say after the fact. I also see halos around the birds, particularly around the necks, but that's relatively minor. Birds looking away adds interest as is conceptually broadens the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankearl View Post
    Brian, not a lot of room on left or right for better comp.
    I see no halos. Actually looking hard you may be right,
    I sharpen my web photos with TK actions, I choose the setting, I chose too much.
    I could get rid of the dark vertical, I thought it was minor.
    Dan, indeed very minor on the black streak. Normally I don't think I'd mention it except your birds are dark/black against those nice earthy tones and I felt like it would help them stand on their own.

    Again, nice frame.

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