Need help in cropping

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I really like the color and wing position on this shot but I can't seem to get anything more than "just a picture". Can some of you fine accomplished bird shooters offer suggestions on cropping this one? Leave the reflection in or out? cut a lot of the bottom out?

let me know, I'll be anxiously waiting.

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Greg,

This is a pretty good shot, although it suffers from the typical, 'it ain't close enough' syndrome. About the best you can do is to crop it about 50%.

I'd leave the shadow in.

Regards,

Frank
 
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Here is what I would do. Crop the top down to where the nice green reflections start, then crop about 1/3 of the distance between the bird and the left side, then crop the rest off the right side to give you the proper aspect ratio. If you need to crop a little off the bottom OK but do not crop the reflection off. Let us see the final crop.
 
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I'd convert it to portrait. Crop from the top down to the start of the green reflection and up from the bottom to a similar distance keeping the reflection.
Then take the height as your longest dimension and crop the width to keep the aspect ratio. This will drastically reduce the size of the image however, and may only work if you've got enough resolution in the picture to start with.
 
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Or you can just wade in closer like Frank does, waist deep in water to shoot a GBH or osprey. 8)

Nice shot, good input here, thought I'd add my 1.5cents.
 
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My version

OK, here is my version of your image. I wanted to leave room for the bird to fly into the picture and didn't want to crop it anymore because it has good detail at this size. I also brightened it up a bit with added contrast.

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Here's my shot at it

tried to do it under 3 minutes, but took 5........maybe a tad dark but based on small file turned out ok.............

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they all have merrit. this was very interesting. I like Gordons the best. Doesn't look as crowded. I hadn't even thought about Keiths approach. Well done folks.
 
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