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    Default Feet, err foot, by request AND bonus swamp monster.....

    Since several people commented on the lack of feet in my last Pectoral Sandpiper shot, a criticism I can appreciate, so I offer this as redemption.
    This was the softest ground/mud I've ever braved, so getting higher to get the second foot was impossible (photo).

    Shot very early morning. Sun filtered with mix of haze and smoke.

    Canon 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4x III on EOS 1DX2
    1/2000 at f/5.6, ISO 1600
    Processed in LR CC - Cleaned up a few distractions on mud and lightened the brown-green stripe at the bottom to minimize its distraction. Sadly, I can't crop it away without cramming the subject into the frame.

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    The low angle beast....

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    I appreciate your interest and love for shorebirds Dorian as I'm pretty much the same. This is a very nice frame!
    I saw the earlier post now and I think both images have many of the same strenghts. The low shooting angle, beautiful light, nice colors, great eye contact and good IQ. I think the previous frame has a better background and foreground. I also think the light hits the bird more evenly in the other photo, here you have a tiny shadow under the tail (not something that bothers me though). On the other hand the raised leg and the thin streak of mud in focus in this frame is strenghts that the previous frame are missing.
    I'm nit-picking, both are stunning and I'm very envious. There actually was a Pectoral Sandpiper one hour drive from the Buff-breasted Sandpiper I just posted. These shots makes me regret that i didn't go the extra miles to get that one too...

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    Ah yes there is a foot in this one. Looks great just like the previous with regards to techs.

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    First one is a beauty, great light, and the low POV makes the effort all worthwhile. Really nit picky now but it would be even better if the raise foot was further forward in the stride, but I'd be more than happy with this.

    Second shot is off sun angle. Artie will NOT be impressed if he sees that

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    Glad you love to play in the mud... Perfect sweet pose, light and framing. The picture of you after the session, priceless... TFS

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    I wallow in the mud too but wear waders! Best investment I ever made!
    Lovely frame. Nice to see the feet and I like the layered FG and BG.
    Great POV and the filtered light works beautifully.
    I think cropping to just above your name would work well without cramming the subject in the least.
    Nice image!
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    Dorian, I had no nits with regard to seeing feet. When you're low, you can't always get feet without sacrificing dof and perspective.

    That said, it was brought to my attention that foot back position was a delete. Was news to me. However, seems like others are opposed to no feet visible, so pick the poison I guess.

    Touch of magenta in the bkg gradient is a nice, subtle addition.

    You busted your butt and took home a fine keeper. Congrats.

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    Who was so high and mighty as to issue this decree? Sounds like BS....

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Sump View Post
    That said, it was brought to my attention that foot back position was a delete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorian Anderson View Post
    Who was so high and mighty as to issue this decree? Sounds like BS....
    Haha, my initials plague me.

    Re-reading the referenced thread, "necessary delete" was what I inferred but may not be the requisite; rather a preference thing. Read here: http://www.birdphotographers.net/for...ife?highlight=

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    Haha! Didn't even think of the initials! My feeling is that all sharp, well-lit legs are fine. Sure, some are slightly better than others, but I think it depends most on the individual frame....

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    As per your suggestion. Think he/she still has plenty of breathing room....

    Quote Originally Posted by gail bisson View Post
    I wallow in the mud too but wear waders! Best investment I ever made!
    Lovely frame. Nice to see the feet and I like the layered FG and BG.
    Great POV and the filtered light works beautifully.
    I think cropping to just above your name would work well without cramming the subject in the least.
    Nice image!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorian Anderson View Post
    Haha! Didn't even think of the initials! My feeling is that all sharp, well-lit legs are fine. Sure, some are slightly better than others, but I think it depends most on the individual frame....
    Makes sense to me

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