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wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-10-04 13:28]

Nice portrait. I love Phylloscopus warblers. I study Arctic Warblers (Phylloscopus borealis) in Alaska and this species reminds me greatly of them. Regarding the image: I like clean background and posture, though I wish the tail were not cut off. the bird is a touch unsharp, but other than that, a solid image. Nice work.

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-10-02 17:16]

When I was guiding in Antarctica a few years back I didn't get the chance to make it to Paulet Is. You are quite fortunate. And this is a beautiful, atypical capture of the place and species. Says a lot more about Adelies than a mere portrait would. REALLY nice work.

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-10-02 17:14]

Lovely, lovely image. The cardinal is so bright against the gray background. I love the snow falling and the general appearance of winter. Very nice. You might consider trying to clone out that blurry branch in the foreground.

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-10-01 21:47]

Lovely sharp image of a beautiful bird. I wish the light angle were slightly better, but despite the lighting you did a great job retaining color and texture. You might consider adding a switch of canvas in photoshop to the lower part of the frame to keep the tail a little farther from the edge. Very nice work.

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-10-01 21:45]

Excellent shot! Great light and color. Posture is excellent and you framed it perfectly with the peak in the background. The only place I can see for improvement is the slightly burnt out texture in the rocks in the foreground, you might consider burning those in a bit. Great work!

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-10-01 21:43]

Very nice portrait, nice and sharp. Great expression, as noted above he looks a little ticked off about something. The slight streaking in the background is somewhat distracting but that is a very minor nit. Great job.

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-10-01 21:41]

This is a Red-tail for sure. Nice pose and setting. You might consider running some noise reduction to remove the pixelation in the background. A lovely shot one way or another.

Best,
Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-09-25 9:49] [+]

Niek,
This is a really beautiful image. I like the mixture of sharpness and blur in the water. The areas that show the rocks in perfect detail contrast so nicely with the flowing water. The water color reminds me a lot of the boreal forest streams of Alaska, filled with dark tanins. If you return to the spot, you might consider panning the camera down just a touch more. If find the tangle of branches and foliage in the background a touch distracting from what I see as the real subject: the rocks and water.

-Dave Shaw

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-09-21 16:55]

Lovely. Looks very similar to the Bhutanese landscape I had the opportunity to explore a couple years back. I like the composition in general but wish for a more dramatic foreground element. And a split neutral density filter or a double exposure merged in photoshop would have helped with the burnt out clouds and snow. Still, a very nice shot.

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com

wildimagination Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435) [2007-09-20 11:47]

Beautiful macro! Great composition, lighting and depth of field. Technically appears excellent. The butterfly stands out very well against the stony background. Very nice work!

-Dave Shaw
www.wildimagephoto.com