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    Western gunslinger pose by this Common Goldeneye Drake. I believe the Barrow's is more known for it's "Nike Swoosh" white patch on the cheek versus the circular one here. Notice how dingy the patch is on this guy!?

    I am sort of indifferent on the wave patterns below although they kind of bring an artsy touch. Curious your thoughts.

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    LR and PS, DN, Not much in the way of trickery other than a sliver of canvas at top. ~ 20% crop.

    Special thanks to Andreas for some great mask tips!
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    Love the iridescence and the tonal range in this one. The compression wave on the water from the downstroke is super cool... Only very minor nit is wish to be a little higher in frame(or ad a little at the bottom). I love the water and this superb canvas as is. TFS

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    That one water drop under wing...

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    Killer downstroke. Love the water. Do you have more room below the bird in the original? If yes, I would go with David's suggestion of more room below and less above. The water down under is more interesting. Bad luck on the dirty facial oval ... With love, a
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    Hi Brian .... killer flight pose !!!
    Overall does look great in terms of color and tone .... do see potential though , you know where .
    I am more than happy with the " artsy looking water " .... I like it .
    Good to see you do not remove water drops !!!!
    I love the dirty cheek .... no bad luck .
    Regarding the comp ... would also try out the crop suggestion from David and Artie .

    Cool image , enjoyed watching .

    TFS Andreas

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    hi Brian,

    the clarity and details are gorgeous. I enjoyed it very much, I even got depressed :) congratulations

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    My only critique is the dirty face which you can't control but does not show the species at it best..
    More at the bottom for me also if you have.
    Dan Kearl

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    Thanks for the kind words fellas!

    Great thoughts on the crop - yes I have more below. Apparently I was too concerned about the wake overwhelming the frame that I undercut it.

    Blessings, see you on the next!

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    Love that sheen on the head. Nice that the wing tips slightly curl up. The painterly water is quite nice.

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    Killer flight frame with great wing position. I like the artistic water; wouldn't mind seeing a bit more of it.

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    Should have washed its face. Seriously, a really nice image...no nits from me. Cheers.

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    Yes, more below as the water is very neat down there! Perfect flight pose. I suppose that goldeneye could have used a little scrubbing. I love that drop under the wing.

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    Great pose and I like the texture I the water. The image looks just a little flat to me

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Mack View Post
    Love that sheen on the head. Nice that the wing tips slightly curl up. The painterly water is quite nice.
    John, thank you as always!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dix View Post
    Killer flight frame with great wing position. I like the artistic water; wouldn't mind seeing a bit more of it.
    Bill, many thanks. Nice to hear you like the artistic effect below too. I'll definitely alter the crop in the final.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Burdett View Post
    Should have washed its face. Seriously, a really nice image...no nits from me. Cheers.
    Paul, stoked to hear that my friend. Haha, no doubt. I'll ask if he minds if I do a little bath time before he gets up next time

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Cadieux View Post
    Yes, more below as the water is very neat down there! Perfect flight pose. I suppose that goldeneye could have used a little scrubbing. I love that drop under the wing.
    Daniel, appreciate the comments. Well received and yeah, I wonder what this mischievous fella was getting into with the dirty cheeks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Poole View Post
    Great pose and I like the texture I the water. The image looks just a little flat to me

    Mike
    Thanks Mike. I hear ya - totally changed my processing a week or two ago and still getting acclimated. Historically I'm a high contrast guy; broadening my horizons here. I can see a version with a maybe a little levels mid adjust or something too.

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    I like the sharpness, details, exposure and wing position. The water below the duck is great and I wouldn't hesitate to show more of it. Excellent as usual Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Crosswell View Post
    I like the sharpness, details, exposure and wing position. The water below the duck is great and I wouldn't hesitate to show more of it. Excellent as usual Brian.
    Very thankful for your gracious words Jim!

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