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    This was taken a couple of weeks ago near my house. Hope you enjoy the image. A lower angle was impossible but I like the water anyways.

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    Handheld on a steep bank

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    Nice to see you posting Jim!
    Nice image.
    The merganser looks great.
    The water is a bit busy and a lower POV would have been great if possible.
    perfect HA. Nice catchlight in the eye.
    I might put her higher up in the frame.
    Some may want you to pull more detail out of the darker plumage but I am Ok with overall exposure. Whites under the chin look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gail bisson View Post
    Nice to see you posting Jim!
    Nice image.
    The merganser looks great.
    The water is a bit busy and a lower POV would have been great if possible.
    perfect HA. Nice catchlight in the eye.
    I might put her higher up in the frame.
    Some may want you to pull more detail out of the darker plumage but I am Ok with overall exposure. Whites under the chin look good.
    Thanks Gail. A lower angle was impossible due to the steepness of the bank. An attempt may have put me in the water over my head. Thanks for your kind words and suggestions.

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    Hi Jim, nice image of a merganser. Interesting color on the water, sharp feather detail on the bird, all work well together. I don't mind this POV, most time this is what you get from me. I don't have to sneak up on birds in florida so sitting works just fine. The last time I crawled in the mud was in Vietnam and being 77 does have some limitations. I like the image, thank you for sharing.
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    The painterly water is very nice. The detail on the hen looks nice as well. Framing is good.

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    She's a beauty, Jim. You handled the harsh light well and I like the complimentary colors reflected in the water.


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    Love the water and thus the POV on this one. I second your great handling of slightly harsh light. TFS

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    Good to see you posting, my friend...

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    Great to see a post from you indeed!! Cute little merganser. Sharp, good subtle head turn. I love the water rings around the subject. Blue streak crossing behind the head a touch unfortunate, but overall I like the image a lot!

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    Thanks for the kind comments and suggestions.

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