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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:31 pm

Oops, didn't mean to put this in Artistic Expressions as it's actually a real scene :) A swallow hunting for breakfast. Thanks in advance for your time and opinions.
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:00 pm

Looks artistic enough to me Linda...may have been how it was but the reflection seem over bright to me, but what do I really know...good to see you back.

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Post by davechinn » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:44 pm

A lovely image Linda !!! Color and tone sets the scene, IMO. Just wondering how it would have looked if more of the sky had been exposed to show more of the sun, or was there something there that was a distraction? Either way, very nice !!!
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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:46 pm

Psjunkie wrote:Looks artistic enough to me Linda...may have been how it was but the reflection seem over bright to me, but what do I really know...good to see you back.

Thanks for taking a look, Frank. Most of us are only able to give our personal opinions, and that was what I was looking for here, so you "really know" a lot! btw, it's only been six days since I last commented on pM, but thank you for the welcome home :D
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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:53 pm

davechinn wrote:A lovely image Linda !!! Color and tone sets the scene, IMO. Just wondering how it would have looked if more of the sky had been exposed to show more of the sun, or was there something there that was a distraction? Either way, very nice !!!
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Thank you very much, Dave! Your question is excellent. As best I can recall, I was trying so hard to get at least one swallow as it passed through the reflection, I'm not sure I paid a lot of attention to the actual sun until a few shots later, when it was higher in sky. Perhaps I should consider cropping out the red from the photo entirely.

The below heron is NOT real :)
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Post by davechinn » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:14 pm

LindaShorey wrote:
davechinn wrote:A lovely image Linda !!! Color and tone sets the scene, IMO. Just wondering how it would have looked if more of the sky had been exposed to show more of the sun, or was there something there that was a distraction? Either way, very nice !!!
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Thank you very much, Dave! Your question is excellent. As best I can recall, I was trying so hard to get at least one swallow as it passed through the reflection, I'm not sure I paid a lot of attention to the actual sun until a few shots later, when it was higher in sky. Perhaps I should consider cropping out the red from the photo entirely.

The below heron is NOT real :)


I understand, focusing on one thing/subject can distract us from other elements in a photo. Happens to me all the time. If it were my photo, I think I would leave it as is with no cropping. Just my opinion though. I like the other image you posted as well, but the sun is so overpowering with brightness and may be robbing you, but then again, I could be wrong. We can't have everything and it's not a perfect world, but we can at least attempt to make things more perfect, and I'm assuming you made an attempt, just by placing the heron in. I would not have known, so well done, for sure !!!
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:37 pm

I'll have to say I like the 2nd...more Linda...keep shooting.

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Post by minniev » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:54 pm

This may fit more in artistic expressions, even though it is a totally "real" scene. It has an abstract feel to it. I like it, but not for the scene, which is hard to figure out without an explanation. I like it for the colors, textures and geometry - parabolas of light, black delineated forms in a pattern. I am assuming the bird did not go across the lightbeam or you'd have showed it to us. I would definitely have to move him there to see what it might do. On several occasions I have dragged dambirds about in a frame to sit or fly somewhere I wished they'd sit or fly but they'd refused.

The second image is really lovely, I love the light in it, and the processing you have applied to bring out the delicate details and dreamy atmosphere. What do you mean about the heron not being real?
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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:57 pm

Dave and Frank, thank you for coming back to comment on the additional photo. I agree with Dave that there may be a bit too much sun in #2, lol. I'm editing now, adding textures and deleting the closest reflection.

Regarding distractions and becoming focused on just one element: I readily admit to being an adrenaline junkie insofar as quickly developing or passing moments of light, weather, critters and birds.

Frank, love your "more Linda" observation. It's such a foreign concept to me that someone would feel that. In looking around at the photos I recently printed and put on my walls, I see a huge variety of subjects, light, pp, close-ups vs far away. I just don't see myself as having a recognizable style or whatever :D
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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:01 pm

minniev wrote:This may fit more in artistic expressions, even though it is a totally "real" scene. It has an abstract feel to it. I like it, but not for the scene, which is hard to figure out without an explanation. I like it for the colors, textures and geometry - parabolas of light, black delineated forms in a pattern. I am assuming the bird did not go across the lightbeam or you'd have showed it to us. I would definitely have to move him there to see what it might do. On several occasions I have dragged dambirds about in a frame to sit or fly somewhere I wished they'd sit or fly but they'd refused.

The second image is really lovely, I love the light in it, and the processing you have applied to bring out the delicate details and dreamy atmosphere. What do you mean about the heron not being real?


Thank you Minnie, great to have you back in the USA, even if just for a short time :) The swallows were moving so fast that even burst shooting didn't capture one in the light, but I'll double-check to see if I have an "almost" and of course I have no reservations about moving, adding, deleting for artistic expression.

I love your description of how the image appeals to you - with it being about colors and geometry! As for the heron, it is a specialty brush from Brusheezy!
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