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Posted by Gene Gwin on Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:19 pm

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Photo taken at the Laguna Seca Ranch in deep South Texas.  Previously posted in the Bird's section and reworked in Lightroom.  Don't know much about digital art so I thought I'd give it a shot.  Kept the head sharp while trying to "mystify" the remainder of the image.  I'd appreciate your opinion and any suggestions you might have for improvement.  Thanks....

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by david fletcher on Thu Sep 09, 2021 1:11 am
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Striking image Gene. Good start. (starting from an already excellent shot being a good way to go). Thereafter, the fun starts.
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by ADKShooter on Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:58 am
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Although my (in the minority) taste tends towards a more traditional look, I like your work on this shot very much. I think your choice of keeping the head untouched made the overall image more interesting.
 

by Carol Clarke on Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:54 pm
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You're on to a winner from the start with such vibrant colours, Gene.  Add to that the dynamic pose, and the almost hypnotic stare of the cardinal which draws you right in and you have a very compelling image as a start.  The effects you have added remind me of Japanese fine art painting on fine porcelain - I have four plates done like this, which I am very fond of, so I find your first attempt a success!  Well done!

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by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:16 am
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I like this very much, Gene! So glad you decided to give this a try- it works beautifully. I would have to echo Carol's comments- the pose and composition are already there and the treatment really makes it into a lovely work of art. The soft surrounds and glowing colors are especially pleasing. I have no suggestions for improvement except to encourage you to do more like this. :)
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by Gene Gwin on Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:30 pm
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Thanks everone for your opinions/critiques. I really appreciate your thoughts about a subject that I have limited knowlede. Thanks also for the EP--I think a bit lucky on my part.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:33 pm
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Thanks everone for your opinions/critiques.  I really appreciate your thoughts about a subject that I have limited knowlede.  Thanks also for the EP--I think a bit lucky on my part.

Not lucky, Gene. Well deserved, I think!
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by John Labrenz on Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:21 am
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Love this...well done!
 

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