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Posted by Sharon Hallowell on Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:46 pm

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You need a special kind of light to capture these guys and keep the whites from blowing out, yet still show detail in the dark feathers.   Picking up the iridescence is a bonus!  i would like a little more detail in the back feathers, but it's difficult when they're wet and he had just popped up from a dive.
70DM2, 500 w/1.4  Thanks for your comments/critique!  I appreciate it!  Sharon



Thanks for the replies and constuctive criticism....I have posted my new improved version.  


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by Ron Day on Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:55 pm
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Lovely lighting and water – beautiful image.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:37 pm
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Love this - great bird, nice reflection, nice colors. Just a bit dark on a fully calibrated monitor. It looks like you may have your photo editing monitor set a bit too bright if this does not look muted on your system.
 

by Karl Egressy on Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:51 am
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Nice colors and reflection.
 

by Sharon Hallowell on Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:35 am
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Love this - great bird, nice reflection, nice colors.  Just a bit dark on a fully calibrated monitor.  It looks like you may have your photo editing monitor set a bit too bright if this does not look muted on your system.


I agree, and I think I used the s/h adjustment in ps and may have caused this myself.  Thank you!  Sharon
 

by Moby Dick on Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:26 am
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Really excellent job on the composition, reflection, and especially the water. I do think you could brighten it up at least half stop and get more of a pop without losing detail in the contrasting plumage.
 

by Dan Kearl on Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:55 pm
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Another vote for brightening... nice reflection. I think you
got the whites right, toned them down and they look a bit grayed out.
They can easily go brighter and the blacks look fine.
 

by Carol Clarke on Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:19 pm
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Beautiful image, just a touch too dark on my screen. Such a pretty species and you caught this one with reflection and pretty water very nicely.

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by Mako_Elite on Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:55 pm
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Very nice shot. As E.J Pelker noted..image does seems dark.

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