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jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2010-01-09 20:01] [+]

Wow, Ron!

This is right in so many ways. Wonderful crispness and clarity, and I'm not too worried about the background. Yeah, I know, easy for me to say :) But all the focus goes to the starling, and there's nothing to distract. The composition on the branch is pleasing, and you did a fine job of showing these subtle, lovely colors.

I'll be interested to hear what others have to say about handling the sky. It would seem like it may come down to metering the bird and not the sky, and probably spot metering at that. I'm assuming you shot in manual. If you didn't, I think I probably would. But others more expert than I may certainly have something different or more profound to offer.

Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-07-21 4:19]

Although it looks like the exposure may have been a challenge on this one, Foozi, you have lovely, vivid colors where they count, on the bird, and razor-sharp clarity. Nice positioning on the branches and filling of the frame diagonally. I do wish the eye were a bit more clear, but that might be difficult, technically, I realize. Well done and excellent note.

Regards,
Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-07-21 4:07]

Excellent presentation, Jozsef. The details are crisp and sharp, the point of view is simple and draws the eye immediately, and the two waxwings off the edge of the roof provide an immediate point of entry to draw the viewer in. Nicely done!

Regards,
Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-07-18 9:38]

Well, Ram, if it's a mercy to you, it's a blessing to us. What a great macro -- vivid, crisp, and clear where it needs to be, soft where the distractions lie.

Small, but striking, indeed. The juxtaposition of the red and black immediately draws the eye. Nice use of lighting, too.

Beautiful!

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-05-23 17:43]

A fine 500, Jane. We get to reach right into the tree with you, to peek betwixt the branches. Simple, clear, crisp, well lit, just the right perspective. Few words needed. Fine work.

Regards,
Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-05-23 17:38]

I like your note on Noton's Edicts, Niek, and I like your work here. I'm rather partial to trees against a golden hour landscape myself. There's a simple beauty here. Was it Stevenson who wrote: "I think that I shall never see a poem so lovely as a tree?" No, Google informs me it was Joyce Kilmer. In any case, the poet's point is an apt one. Thanks for your poetry with the camera.

Regards,
Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-05-23 17:34]

You know, Luis, I saw this the other day and had probably three different thoughts in quick succession:

1. The collage is striking and catches the eye.
2. 15 winged creatures in one frame, while an ambitious undertaking, is probably too much by a factor of two or three times to really do justice to any of them.
3. Nonetheless, that much effort deserves some recogntion.

The individual composition in each is well done. Next time, I'd counsel patience. You can always start a theme or travelogue or simply your own personal series.

In any case, thanks for sharing. Keep the images coming our way.

Regards,
Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-05-23 17:30]

I have a few fungal shots in my own collection of potential postings, Ram, and I typically hold off on posting them -- quite candidly because I don't know enough to classify or describe them knowledgeably. You obviously do :)
Good clarity here and good presentation of form. A solid macro with a helpful note.

Good work!
Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-05-23 17:28]

Stunning, Paul, stunning! The point of view and clarity in this portrait are great, and your capture right at the point of nibbling on the shoots -- very nice! This one's a fine bit of camera craftsmanship!

Regards,
Jim

jpinkham Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685) [2009-05-23 17:26]

Very interesting and very nice, Ulla. I like the point of view you've chosen and the way your composition draws the eye right to that amazingly long bill. The point of view is great -- I always like the look-'em-in-the-eye perspective -- and the context amidst the flowers is pleasing. Glad you dropped in and shared this one.

Regards,
Jim