A strutting raven

First-time poster so please bear with any omissions/mistakes.

I was lucky to find a raven that felt like walking toward me for a while. With this image, I liked that it’s not a typical pose I’ve seen and I think lends the bird some personality.

What technical feedback would you like if any?

Any thoughts on contrast/exposure for the raven?

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Any and all impressions welcome.

Pertinent technical details or techniques:

(If backgrounds have been removed, etc. please be honest with your techniques to help others learn)
Canon EOS R 560 mm (400mm tele + 1.4x converter), 1/640 sec at f/8, ISO 1250.

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Hi Art - welcome to NPN!
A fine strutting pose you captured. I like the details in the dark areas of the bird - looks like the focus was nicely handled. The lighter areas are quite bright - I’d try toning them down some even though some look blown out. I could see adding more room around the bird especially on top and right. An interesting pose for sure - well caught.

Welcome Art and a very nice first posting. The raven does seem to have some attitude and perhaps a chip on its shoulder. I really like the raised foot and nicely focused on the head area. Down on the whites or down on the blacks, I am not sure which way I would go but I do like the high key contrasty look.

Thanks, I’ll play around with those ideas. Very much appreciate the feedback.

Thanks David, I’ll work with things a bit more and see what happens.

Welcome aboard!
Yes this guy really has some attitude. But I’m with Alan on this one with respect to the tightness of the crop in the blown out lighter tones. But it is always a learning experience and there are probably things you can do to make this a better shot.
I always thought somebody should put together a bumper sticker that says: “my Raven is smarter than your third-grader!”

Ha, agreed about the bumper sticker and thanks for the thoughts. I’ve already recropped and it does look better. Background is pretty blown out (the joy of exposing for a black bird on a light stone beach) so odd artifacts seem to start creeping in with too much darkening unfortunately. Will keep playing with it.

Welcome to NPN, Art. I’ve found it to be a great place to learn. The pose and look the raven is giving you makes this shot for me. I could see trying to darken its right foot and agree with more room around the raven. Nice first post.

Thanks Allen. I do like it with darker feet, good call.

Hi Art
By making this a B&W you have given the Raven a attitude. Nice work and well come to Nature photographers.

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