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    I created this image this morning with my favorite new combo, the hand held 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens, the 2X II TC, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. Flash at zero. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops: 1/60 sec. at f/6.3 in Tv Mode (to control a minimum shutter speed).

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    Gorgeous peach bg and a nice dreamy feel to this really creatively done Artie.....:)

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    bird at its best. superb image artie. creativity at its best :) cheers

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    Wonderful soft colors in the BG and lovely pose. Overall very special indeed. It reminds me of an image I saw of Andy Rouse's a few years back. Probably because that is the first I've ever seen with an "obscuring" OOF foreground element. It works wonderfully Artie. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitalpatel View Post
    bird at its best. superb image artie. creativity at its best :) cheers
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    Beautiful muted background color and transition from foreground to background and then the striking colors of the bird all work together really well.

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    I can only echo the comments above. Superbly done Artie!
    Your new combo is yielding stellar results.
    I love this image.

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    I am going against the grain here Artie - I am not in love with this shot. The beautiful peach background and the parts of the pelican I can see look just fantastic -but- I find that out of focus foreground just too distracting. When I look at the photo my eyes are being drawn away from the bird to the fuzzy fringe of the o-o-f foreground. Perhaps if the point of view were moved up a bit so that the birds bill was completely visible and the out-of-focus softness started midway down the breast it wouldn't bother me as much. Just my $0.02.

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    This is terrific , gotta love this
    TFS

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    Default OOF forground

    I have to go with Jeff, sorry Artie:cool:

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    Artie,

    I got to agree with Jeff too on the OOF foreground. IMO that pink background is great. Composition, exposure, flash every thing is working great other than OOF foreground.

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    Beautiful dreamy feel,composition,bg,eye contact!!!

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    In agreement with Sid, Loukie and Jeff here. I love everything above the oof foreground. Perhaps a thin darker frame would suit the image as it doesn't help that it is hard to tell where the oof foreground ends and the forum background starts. Although I think I remember you saying that you hate frames ;)

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    I like this, and I know you have purposely postioned yourself to create the OOF FG. Just love the pastel colours, and pose, and would be interested to know what the BG was. The more I look at this, the more impressive I find this. Congrats Sir.

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    Artie, what was in the foreground? I wonder if the flash actually have gotten the FG OOF object brighter?

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    Artie, BG and head angle are superb here. Although I am liking the FG blur, I feel a tad crop from bottom might work better.

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    Absolutely beautiful. I like the oof foregrnd filling the lower 1/3, balancing the 2/3 of peach. To me, it's the perfect balance. My eye goes from the white oof area up the bird's bill to its eye. The bird emerging from a large part of the image (lower 1/3) makes it definitely ethereal. Very creative.

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    Thanks all for your thoughtful comments. Yes Troy the flash did whiten the foreground. I have one that I kept where the flash did not fire and the FG is a dull grey. And I realize that light below breaks all of the rules but I am with Elinor here. I absolutely love this one as is :) Ethereal and surreal are nice words. I am not sure why it works for me....

    If I have time to come up for air--getting ready to head to Bosque, just finishing the 7D User's Guide Update, and working and several other projects with Denise--I will optimize the one with the gray foreground.

    BTW, the foreground is a rock :)
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    KD. Thanks. A small crop from the bottom would not kill me :)
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    Birds as Art by Artie.. cool stuff guru..

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    Love the pastels and the bird, but I don't understand the foreground, so leaves me confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmunsey View Post
    Love the pastels and the bird, but I don't understand the foreground, so leaves me confused. Tim
    Some folks love it. Some do not. I am loving that. I also happen to love the image :)

    I am not sure what you are confused about.
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    Here is a similar, un-flashed version that was obviously created from a higher vantage point.
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    I can see that there is great beauty in the pic, I guess the blur is a low mist?
    Wish we had pelicans, so sculptural.
    The second post is also stunning, just love the colour coordination of
    the bird with its surroundings.

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    Thanks Tim. You are like me; you do not read all the comments :)

    This from Pane #17 above: BTW, the foreground is a rock :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Morris View Post
    Here is a similar, un-flashed version that was obviously created from a higher vantage point.
    Arthie,

    I actually like this one better. It shows more of the bird, just a matter of personal preference.

    TFS.

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    Different strokes. I like the first one 1000 times more because it is different but as you say, personal preference :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Morris View Post
    Different strokes. I like the first one 1000 times more because it is different but as you say, personal preference :)
    I like the flash on the subject for sure.

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    The different colors in the bg in this one are superb. I love this one too, but the first one is special.
    Fantastic work.
    At what focal length were these images made? (unless I missed that tidbit)
    Could you please share the techs for the second one?
    Thanks

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    The first image is ART the second image is a photo :)

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    As you say, personal preferences, and I think mine is for the second. There are parts of both that I like, particularly both backgrounds. As I said earlier the intruding (over the beak) oof flashed foreground does not do it for me, but I do prefer the flash on the bird and the HA in the original.

    It is nice to see some discussion like this. It is boring when everyone is in perfect agreement :)

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    Beautiful Artie! I much prefer the first image! So Artie-istic! This image shows me that you know where to be and what to do at dawn!

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    Hi Arthur, my vote goes to the first image posted. I don't think the out-of-focus rock is as effective with more of the pelican showing. Maybe the first image has a touch of mystery to it.

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    [QUOTE=Arthur Morris;595516]Thanks Tim. You are like me; you do not read all the comments :)

    Mmmm...

    A small crop from bottom and bird a bit higher in the frame would make me dream! love it any how. The second image is not my favorite from you but I must accept that I have never made an image like this, you make us more demanding! ;)

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    Hi Artie

    I like them both however I would like the first better with an inch of the bottom and the second as it stands. In that form the first would win, but only slightly in my opinion.

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