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    White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    I was able to visit the rookery located at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX in the evening and morning light. I'm pretty happy with these shots but would like C&C as always.

    #1 I like the way the natural light shone on the main subject and I like having the other birds in the background showing that this is a community of nests. It was cropped slightly.

    White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    #2 This one was watching me but wasn't spooked by me walking around to find a decent angle. I like the limbs framing it and I like the light. I should have used a more shallow DOF. I failed to change it after the previous shot that needed this DOF.

    White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    #3 I know some will find the bokeh distracting but I rather liked it. I did tone down the highlights on the log in upper right but looking at it now, maybe should do some more. It's also the least sharp of the group.

    White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    #4 I like the isolation of the bird against background.

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Beautiful images Terri. Gorgeous detail and light. I too, like the light on the bird in the first shot. I think #2 is a great image and the DOF works just fine because you captured the bird perfectly.

    #4 is stunning...

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Great captures Terri, very well done. The light certainly adds interest.

    Dave

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    An excellent series of shots and you made good use of the light to get what you wanted. Getting white in the light and not blow it is a tricky thing at the best of times.

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Good work Terri, interesting images.

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    The last three work for me. I agree with you that the bokeh in #3 is interesting and I disagree that the background in #2 isn't blurred enough. In #2, try desaturating and darkening the leaves to determine if you like the results.

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Thanks everyone for taking time to comment.

    Mike, I like your idea about #2 and will give it a try. Thanks!

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Wow Terri Your bird shots keep getting better and better!

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Nice job of trying different comps and lighting, Terri.

    IMO the first shot has the potential to be the strongest of the lot but as is has too much dead space on the left and the main subject is looking out of the frame. Either a square crop or vertical 8x10 may be an improvement. I do like the oof bird in the BG that's in the same position as the central subject.

    Nos. 2 and 3 shot from below on such a leggy bird are a bit awkward. The lighting is good on no.2 highlighting the bird's head, the opposite on no.3. As you said no.3 is a bit soft as well.

    No.4 is a good technique to isolate the white bird against the dark BG. It may be even stronger with a few of the bright spots cloned out. Next time ask the bird to give you just a slight turn of the head so it's not quite so much in profile

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Love #2 and #4. Beautiful shots.

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Thank you James and Joe for the compliments.

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    Re: White Ibis at UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernFocus View Post
    IMO the first shot has the potential to be the strongest of the lot but as is has too much dead space on the left and the main subject is looking out of the frame. Either a square crop or vertical 8x10 may be an improvement. I do like the oof bird in the BG that's in the same position as the central subject.
    Thanks Dan for the feedback. Much appreciated. I also liked the first shot even with the dappled light. I see what you mean about the bird looking toward the edge of the frame but I really wanted all the background birds. I do have room on the right side that I cropped because it was a lot of blurred foliage that was close to me. However, your idea of a vertical might just work well. I'll give it a try. Thank you.

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