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Old 21-10-2007, 21:07   #1 (permalink)
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Old 21-10-2007, 21:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Female Mallard

Hey, Ray

My major problem here is that there is not enough color difference between the mallard and the water, so that she doesn't stand out. Is the water really that brown and blue?

Your focus is very good. It seems just a tad dark on my screen.

Finally, it would have been more interesting if your viewpoint would not have been straight from the side. You could have gotten at ground level or at another place so that she wasn't from the side, although that isn't easy with moving animals.

But very good focus with a moving target.

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Re: Female Mallard

I really like this Ray, it has a certain abstract quality which is very pleasing to the eye, mainly due to the soft swirls of the water, and the matching colours of the mallard + water. However, as Skip says, technically this does mean that the bird doesn't stand out against the water as is usually preferred, but it's not a big problem to me, and I like it just as it is.

I also like your use of DoF, in that her eye is pin sharp while her body is not sharp, and I think this helps to direct attention back to the eye, which serves as the main focal point on which to rest my eyes.

I love the patterns in the water, + I like the colours, which are vivid without being bright, + I find the image very soothing because of the combination of these two qualities.

Exposure is good.

I like the composition immensely too. I think you needed the bird side-on, as anything more 'interesting' than that would conflict with the busyness of the water. Your viewpoint also enabled you to use the water + the lovely shapes within it as the BG, which a lower viewpoint would not have allowed you to do, as you'd likely have got some sky, which you really didn't want here.

All in all, I like it a lot
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Thank you both for those kind comment's...Ray
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I would've preferred more space around the duck - which you presumably had originally.

Any chance of seeing original framing as I think giving more BG would give breathing space and increase the interesting abstarct quality?
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Old 21-10-2007, 22:13   #6 (permalink)
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Sorry when i cropped it i didnt save as...Ray
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