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Sep 18, 2011 15:44:05   #
Sharon98115 Loc: Indiana
 
Our county fair is having a photo contest. I am considering entering one of these in the nature catagory. What do you think? How can they be improved?







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Sep 18, 2011 16:22:47   #
mommy115 Loc: California
 
My personal favorite is the second. I hope you don't mind one suggestion. I cropped it so that the bird is not so centered from top to bottom. This more effectively applies the rule of thirds and I think makes it a little more pleasing to the eye. But they are all beautifully done.



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Sep 18, 2011 16:30:42   #
Sharon98115 Loc: Indiana
 
mommy115 wrote:
My personal favorite is the second. I hope you don't mind one suggestion. I cropped it so that the bird is not so centered from top to bottom. This more effectively applies the rule of thirds and I think makes it a little more pleasing to the eye. But they are all beautifully done.


Thank you Mommy. The cropping helped definitely a good improvement. I am posting one more. I liked this one because of the way the sun was shining on the wings but the face doesn't show well.



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Sep 18, 2011 19:49:53   #
mommy115 Loc: California
 
Too bad he didn't get his face in the photo. Otherwise it is a nice shot.

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Sep 18, 2011 20:16:53   #
tilde531 Loc: "Slower Lower Delaware"
 
Why must I always be the odd duck? LOL

I like the third one best... closer up, and still not perfectly centered.

The clarity is wonderful in all of them!
Good luck in the contest!

(and please let us know how it goes!)

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Sep 18, 2011 20:46:18   #
Sharon98115 Loc: Indiana
 
tilde531 wrote:
Why must I always be the odd duck? LOL

I like the third one best... closer up, and still not perfectly centered.

The clarity is wonderful in all of them!
Good luck in the contest!

(and please let us know how it goes!)


Tilde thank you for looking and selecting a photo. You give good reasons for selecting number 3. Looking through your eyes and Mommy's helps. Thank you both for looking and commenting.

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Sep 19, 2011 13:27:30   #
FuzMuz Loc: Southern Utah
 
Nice photos. Try one of the following composition effects for a slightly different "feel".

Negetive Space - Using exterme rule of thirds to create a feeling of the subject being alone in the water.

Moving into the frame - Place the subject so that there is more space in front than behind, thus enhancing the feeling of motion
Negetive Space example
Negetive Space example...
Room to Move example
Room to Move example...

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Sep 19, 2011 13:33:17   #
Deetle51 Loc: Grafton ,WV
 
I like the first one best shows the action. If in doubt enter all three. good luck and most of all have fun with it. I included a shot from Belieze of some wild ones on the water there. They call them Mexican turkeys.
Pelicans in the wild
Pelicans in the wild...

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Sep 19, 2011 21:26:36   #
Sharon98115 Loc: Indiana
 
FUZMUZ, those are excellent shots and negative space works well. I went back to my originals shots and recropped them. Sending the results. When the shots were taken the pelican was to the right of center so there was little negative space in the direction he was heading. I used by telephoto lens at 150mm. I have a habit of getting as close to the subject as possible and try to crop out unwanted things that would have to be removed in post production. I am new to this and appreciate everyones imput. Thank you. I tried to repost the originals but couldn't find them, so I sent these. Thanks again
Better negative space? Crowned crain
Better negative space?  Crowned crain...
Up close sooo handsome
Up close sooo handsome...

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Sep 19, 2011 21:34:30   #
Sharon98115 Loc: Indiana
 
Deetle51 wrote:
I like the first one best shows the action. If in doubt enter all three. good luck and most of all have fun with it. I included a shot from Belieze of some wild ones on the water there. They call them Mexican turkeys.


Thank you for looking at the photos and your encouragement. Loved the Mexican turkies.

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