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    Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    I shot these a while back and just re-visited them to change the work up. C&C welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    These are all great, Joe! I especially like the first one - it is practically monochrome except for the bird's stilts...er...I mean legs.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Hi Joe,

    Another good series.

    #3 is my favourite - because it isn't just standing there, but they're all good.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Very nice detail & catching the various poses. - One issue: I'd add some space to the left of each image, where the bird looks/walks to.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Beautiful series as usual.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    My apology to all who commented on these images for my lack of a timely response, I have read your comments which I greatly appreciated. I became involved in a project regarding my house and have not been active in the forum for a few days, but now I am back.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Hi Joe.

    You're very good a bird shots. I like #1, but wondered if it would look more artistic if you extended the white on the top and left sides so the bird and his reflection would be more so in lower right corner. I think by adding the white - or as they say - adding more negative space would improve this image overall as being a piece of art.

    In #3, it looks like you put a vignette around the bird. I'm not 100% certain, but if you did, I wonder if it would look any better if you dialed back the vignette just a bit. May not help at all. Don't know until you try.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Why are these so good?

    I think ..................
    • The compositions are superb. I think the bird is placed in exactly the right place in each image.
    • Seeing that the reflection is as much part of the image as the bird and giving it equal prominence.
    • Giving plenty space around the bird. It's not cropped in tight (which would probably be an okay wildlife image of a bird). Instead this is bridging across wildlife and fine art; i.e. it's making fine art out of wildlife photography.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Curtis View Post
    Hi Joe.

    You're very good a bird shots. I like #1, but wondered if it would look more artistic if you extended the white on the top and left sides so the bird and his reflection would be more so in lower right corner. I think by adding the white - or as they say - adding more negative space would improve this image overall as being a piece of art.

    In #3, it looks like you put a vignette around the bird. I'm not 100% certain, but if you did, I wonder if it would look any better if you dialed back the vignette just a bit. May not help at all. Don't know until you try.
    Hello Ken, I think the image below is cropped as you suggested... I do like the negative space. Regarding image #3, there is a post crop vignette. I like it to be subtle, sometimes I get a little heavy handed. I'll take a look at it.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Why are these so good?

    I think ..................
    • The compositions are superb. I think the bird is placed in exactly the right place in each image.
    • Seeing that the reflection is as much part of the image as the bird and giving it equal prominence.
    • Giving plenty space around the bird. It's not cropped in tight (which would probably be an okay wildlife image of a bird). Instead this is bridging across wildlife and fine art; i.e. it's making fine art out of wildlife photography.
    Thank you for your kind words Donald, very much appreciated.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Quote Originally Posted by jprzybyla View Post
    ... the image below is cropped as you suggested... I do like the negative space.
    Joe, I like it better too.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    I love the pose and reflection in 3

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Curtis View Post
    Joe, I like it better too.
    Thanks Ken.

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    Re: Continuing with black and white birds... Black-necked Stilt

    Quote Originally Posted by jamn4ex View Post
    I love the pose and reflection in 3
    Hello James, thank you for viewing and commenting. The third is a favorite of mine also.

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