Jerry, I think the GBH Head Shot needs some fluffy white clouds. Do you have a few left over from the deer picture :?: :?: :?:
I like the head shot, but I think it looks better if you crop out the bottom, almost up to the end of the feathers that come off the back of the birds head. I find the "pinkish" color at the bottom distracting, and this gets rid of it. What are the particulars on this shot? Lens, distance, etc?
I like the others as well, but if you could have gotten a lower angle I think they would have popped out more from the background.
Bill, the GBH headshot was taken with the Tokina 300 and 1.4 extender. It had walked right up to me on a beach in Tarpon Springs, FL and was at the very minimum focus distance--indeed I had to creep backwards a step or two to get the photo. You are correct of course re being lower for a more dramatic effect, however I couldn't have gotten any lower for the bullfrog. Well.... O.K., I COULD have buried myself chin deep in the mudhole I was standing in!--just not dedicated enough, I guess!! Heck, if I was stalking a wily old brown trout I would have been on my belly in a flash :lol: .
Thanks for the input...appreciate it very much. Lots to learn.
Greg, the background for the GBH was a brightly sunlit shallow inlet and the GBH was standing in VERY dark shadows. Note the fill flash. Thus, the reason for the background. Have a lot to learn under these conditions and always appreciate the input. I didn't place these photos here because they were good :lol: but because I want to go through the usual embarassment involved in the learning process. Thanks so very much for the input.
Great images. My only contribution would be, from a personal standpoint, that the #2 heron has too much space above his head that's not doing anything, but he had a shadow reflected in the water that might have added something if we could have seen more of it. Just a personal preference. All in all, great images. Cheers, S
Good ideas! Unfortunately, the 2nd GBH photo was not cropped in any way. Indeed, he was so close that some of the shadow was on the bank. Could have cropped more on the top however. Thanks so much for the input. Always attempting to learn and obviously need all the help I can get!!
My very best,