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A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby minniev » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:15 pm

From this morning - all comments and edits welcome,including crops. This has a lot of negative space, wanted to know what others thought.
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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby PietFrancke » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:45 pm

opinions may vary - for me, the first doesn't work at all - the greens just too busy and the bird as a result is not even the subject. The second on the other hand, the second is sublime and deserves to be on a wall. I love it for the tones, the ripples, the shapes, the negative space provides peace and comfort.

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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby LindaShorey » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:09 am

Yes, #2 is one of those that make you say, "I know fine art when I see it!" Contemplative comes to mind. I could gaze at it a very long time.

I would like #1 if...there was a bit more water detail or maybe a bit darker and not quite so bright foreground, and scrub out the log on right side that abuts the frame. I was going to say crop, but I do love the aspect as presented (there's also a smudge in upper left corner). I am very attracted to the composition and do feel the heron is the subject - maybe because I would have been delighted to discover and most definitely would have shot.
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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby Matt Quinn » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:48 am

minniev wrote:From this morning - all comments and edits welcome,including crops. This has a lot of negative space, wanted to know what others thought.


I think the second is marvelous. Love all the negative space. Looks like the bird is standing on an alligator. Matt
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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby minniev » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:19 am

PietFrancke wrote:opinions may vary - for me, the first doesn't work at all - the greens just too busy and the bird as a result is not even the subject. The second on the other hand, the second is sublime and deserves to be on a wall. I love it for the tones, the ripples, the shapes, the negative space provides peace and comfort.


Thanks Piet. I liked the second one best too. But there they were, so close together in matching poses, so I had to try it.
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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby minniev » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:21 am

LindaShorey wrote:Yes, #2 is one of those that make you say, "I know fine art when I see it!" Contemplative comes to mind. I could gaze at it a very long time.

I would like #1 if...there was a bit more water detail or maybe a bit darker and not quite so bright foreground, and scrub out the log on right side that abuts the frame. I was going to say crop, but I do love the aspect as presented (there's also a smudge in upper left corner). I am very attracted to the composition and do feel the heron is the subject - maybe because I would have been delighted to discover and most definitely would have shot.


Thanks Linda, i liked the second one best too. The first does need a bit of a fix. DE-smudging :) and re-cropping perhaps....
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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby minniev » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:22 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
minniev wrote:From this morning - all comments and edits welcome,including crops. This has a lot of negative space, wanted to know what others thought.


I think the second is marvelous. Love all the negative space. Looks like the bird is standing on an alligator. Matt


Thank you. This bend in the river has a few good perches that attract my feathered fishermen.
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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby St3v3M » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:09 am

Wow the second is beautiful! I love the minimalism, the ripples in the water at the top and in the reflection and the birds pose. Beautiful!

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Re: A Pair of Backlit Birds

Postby minniev » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:30 am

St3v3M wrote:Wow the second is beautiful! I love the minimalism, the ripples in the water at the top and in the reflection and the birds pose. Beautiful!

This is what dreams are made of! S-


Thank you so much!
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