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    This wise old sap (GBH) appeared to be reflecting on a life [hopefully] well-lived.

    Captured in my favorite Avocet and Killdeer spot, I enjoyed the tucked perch amongst the lush foliage. Perhaps you will too.

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    LR and PS, pretty much as it was captured with some crop.

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    Brian;

    Nicely exposed, good head angle, bg is really nice, goes well with bird.

    Generally would suggest a bit more below, to show the likely location of the feet (kind of virtual feet). But, sometimes the quality of the foreground in such situations is worse than the loss of the virtual feet.

    Like the breeze blowing the plumage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Stout View Post
    Brian;

    Nicely exposed, good head angle, bg is really nice, goes well with bird.

    Generally would suggest a bit more below, to show the likely location of the feet (kind of virtual feet). But, sometimes the quality of the foreground in such situations is worse than the loss of the virtual feet.

    Like the breeze blowing the plumage.

    Cheers

    Randy
    Thank you Randy.

    Yes I understand the room for v-feet concept. While this is in fact the bottom of the frame, it felt like enough room to me but more canvas could be added certainly.

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    Yep, looks like an old sage. Did you try horizontal? Details look great. TFS

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    I agree with a little more for the virtual feet, but other than that this is a nice frame. Good shooting and head angles, nice details, good work

    Mike

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    Hi Brian, soft light, perfect background, beautiful bird, all work together for a lovely image. Virtual feet noted, but it would just have meant more grass at the bottom. Maybe carefully you can add more canvas. Thank you for sharing.
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    David - Vertical? Yeah I did. Tried several but couldn't find one that was as pleasing as this one. If the beak were shorter I think it could looked better.

    Mike and Joe, thank you for chiming in and the worthwhile comments!

    PS - Joe, definitely thought of you on this one. Lots of good GBH in your files.

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    Nice BG and excellent details on the heron. My instinct would have been for in-camera verticals, but I see you tried those too. I do wish for a bit more below though, as the virtual feet could be just about clipped and definitely do not have enough "virtual room" between them and the border. Too bad its' bill was not wet to hide the dried and peeling layer on the bill. I'm just being picky though - this is a handsome fella! All else looks great...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Cadieux View Post
    Nice BG and excellent details on the heron. My instinct would have been for in-camera verticals, but I see you tried those too. I do wish for a bit more below though, as the virtual feet could be just about clipped and definitely do not have enough "virtual room" between them and the border. Too bad its' bill was not wet to hide the dried and peeling layer on the bill. I'm just being picky though - this is a handsome fella! All else looks great...
    Appreciate the feedback Daniel!

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    No nitpics from me Brian. Love the detail on the Heron, and the rising green FG foliage. The BG works a treat too. Cheers.
    Last edited by Paul Burdett; 08-15-2020 at 02:36 AM.

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    I like the setting the pose and the light. The only nit i have is move the bird to the left more. Great background.

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    Paul and John, thanks for chiming in!

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    I am very late to the party.
    Everything is good- light, subject, IQ and BG.
    Hate to say this again (as other posters have already said this) but you do need more room below,
    Gail
    PS You did not blow out the whites on the "chin" so you get bonus points for that!

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