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    My camera was setup to photograph an Osprey flying overhead...not a good angle for a shot, when I noticed this Kingfisher land on the rock. It was only there for a short time...enough to get this shot.

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    love the light and colors. did you have to use AI sharpen or resize on this one? I am asking because the details seem to be a bit lacking in the chest, back of the head as shoulder areas ? I like the perch and the barnacles

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    Thanks Arash. Correct on both counts (sharpen/resize). Appreciate your feedback.

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    Paul:

    Agree about the colors being very nice. Pose is good, rocks texture and color works well without over powering him.

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    Nice, but I would love to have seen the tail. The o-o-f rock behind the perch rock bugs me. Getting a bit lower would have eliminated the second rock.

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    Thanks Randy and Artie...appreciate the feedback.
    Artie: The oof rock doesn't bug me...but is easily removed in post...will do that and see how I feel about it then. Cheers.

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    Paul, I think you captured this one nicely. We only have Belted Kingfishers here and I would love to shoot some of the more colorful subspecies in the future.

    I think the composition is solid. You handled the contrast well and the colors are pretty. Nice smooth bkg.

    I could use a *touch of selective color saturation. Try the sponge brush at 8% and gently touch over the turquoise and oranges to taste. You may like it as is too, which is fine but may be worth a look.

    Might also suggest just a touch of selective sharpening on the base of the beak and around the eye. See how you like it.

    Well done overall Paul from my view.

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    Not very often you see a FK on the barnacles...Well captured Paul...Lovely colours, especially on the wing...I also like the dark BG...Yes for sharpening the bill a wee bit...and if mine I would clone out the OOF rock.

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    Neat looking kingfisher. The light is nice. Framing is right on.

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    Thanks all for commenting...much appreciated as always.
    Brian: I'll apply your suggestions...thanks so much.

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    Hi Paul , lovely KF image .
    Pose is looking good , as is the overall comp .
    Personally I think the IQ is not as good as some of your other images , that you posted recently . Maybe too much fancy software usage .... I am just guessing .

    Not sure how they do look in real life .... more colorful ?? If so you can follow Brianīs suggestion or use other options

    I would burn the perch to make the subject stand out a bit more .

    PS: the image has no embedded color profile .... like your other postings

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    Thanks Andreas. I made sure the colour profiles were embedded some time ago..will take another look...maybe the setting got changed. Cheers.

    Brian: Applied your suggestions as well as Andreas' suggestion to burn the perch a tad...looks better. Never used the sponge tool before in photoshop!
    Last edited by Paul Burdett; 05-08-2021 at 07:06 PM.

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