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    Baird's Sandpipers

    Caught these little guys in their migration this morning at the same time as the Grebe I posted earlier. C&C always welcome.

    Baird's Sandpipers

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    What a great opportunity to grab a whole bunch of stellar shots.

    Firstly have to be viewed large to appreciate.

    #1 the rock seems more in focus then the birds on top of it. Maybe darkening the background about the rock might help?
    #2 not sure but maybe removing the top bit (sky) might make it more dramatic?
    #3 I was thinking that something like this may be possible in a future shoot?
    http://www.birdsasart-blog.com/2012/...ng-at-113-sec/

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    Thanks Bobo. In #1 I did consider darkening the background as I had the same feeling about the rock/bird issue. It is hard and sharp edged and the are soft fluffy. I checked and I think that is most of the difference. Maybe I should get around to that background.

    That link....I thought that is about what I was going to end up with. When the took off I had no chance to change settings. That is an interesting image, thanks.

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    Paul, all three of these images are great. Those are some cute little guys, aren't they?
    I agree with Bobo. I think #2 w/o the sky would be visually striking. On a similar note, I think I'd try 2 versions of image #3. I'd crop 1/2 of the sky out in one, and in another I'd crop all of the sky out. That said, I still like #3 as it is.
    Where were these taken, if you don't mind me asking?

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    Great shots Paul

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    Thanks Matt, they were taken in Edmonds south side of the marina.

    Thanks Harry.

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    To be the eternal contrarian; I think the sky in number two only needs darkening to reduce it's impact. I like the top of the rocks as it gives a full sense of the environment these birds are in. And with nuimber three i would crop the top to just above the top flying birds.

    Quite brilliant images. The latter two are really good and gives a real sense of the density of the flocks these birds like to be in. Very social bunch.

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    Great captures Paul, seeing them makes me want to drive to the national wildlife refuge on the east coast to see what may have migrated south.

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    Re: Baird's Sandpipers

    Thank you Trevor, I agree about the sky.

    Thanks, Joe. Well I hope you do, I would love to see what you have hitting the shore in your parts.

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