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    This Red Grouse got a bit ruffled in the heather, but the light on this day was apocalyptical!!!!!

    Thanks to those who posted or viewed on the last posting.

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    Subject: Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica)
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    Camera: Canon EOS R5
    Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
    Exposure: 1/2500s at f/9 ISO2500 EV 0
    Original format: Portrait, almost FF
    Processed via: LRC 12.0.1 & PS'23 24.0.1
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    The light was indeed nice, and the direct eye contact is very nice. That said, I think you're kinda caught between a tighter headshot with more impact and a wider frame which might show off the beautiful setting a bit better. The processing looks great, but I think the dark chest kinda overpowers the face. Again, a tighter crop might minimize the dark distraction.

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    I agree with Dorien Steve the top third of the bird is so spectacular but I think the dark darkness third drags my eyes away from the beauty above

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    African light in good old England ... who believes it .... this be trickery , LOL .

    Gorgeous warm light and colors Steve , cool subject and i am goona love the eye !!!!
    Processing looks awesome ... but i have to agree with Dorian , the dark breast is taking to much of my attention . Not much you can do .

    TFS Andreas

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    Thanks folks, guess this time I'm in the minority.
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    Can happen ... at least if you like it , it is good

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    at least if you like it , it is good
    I wouldn't have taken it , but the light was nothing I had seen here before, coupled it was the refuelled plumage, normally they are all smoothed out and less attractive it part....
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    Hi Steve, I have come back to this image several times since you posted it. The light certainly is special but there was something that bugged me. I think that is the dark shadows, maybe open them a tad. Techs as in all your image to be studied and learned from. Love the grouse, thank you for sharing.
    Joe Przybyla

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    I think that is the dark shadows, maybe open them a tad.
    Thanks Joe, but it gets away from the constrasting light & dark which I like, also it might look a bit 'unnatural', it's just retaining those subtle darks.
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    Hi Steve, As others have said, the light is beautiful.......I love the ruffled feathers.....Nice HA and pose.....This image is all about the light.....and seeing a Red Grouse in these conditions is rare.....I'm jealous ...Well done

    Will

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    Cheers Will, you have photographed this subject well, so you know where I'm coming from, cheers.
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    Looks pretty good from where I'm sitting, I appreciate the comments on the dark plumage..... but it was dark so I don't see any merit in making it otherwise. If it was brightened up it would look false in my view.....because the light is not shining there in the first place..

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    Cheers Jon, I think like Will, having photographed them you too can see my thinking.
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