I am new here and posting the first photo and looking forward to your feedback and support.
This picture shows cranes in the early morning. Picture was taken from the blind.
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Picture shows the full frame without any crop. I always work only with basic settings not changing any elements of the picture but working on the full picture adjusting only contrast, highlights etc.
Canon 5DMIII, 300mm/2.8 IS USM, beanbag, f 3.2, 1/125s, ISO800, +0.6 ev
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I really like the mood of this photo. I can feel the damp early morning air. It’s framed nicely and the forward bird has just enough clarity in the fog to provide depth. There’s a bit of suspense about where they are going. Welcome to NPN!
Welcome aboard Krysztoff!
This reminded me immediately of an iconic photo by Nevada Wier featuring a peasant in the fog on a road through a bamboo forest. And that’s the highest measure of praise for me. The fog, forest and composition make this a unique view of cranes, and it’s all the better for it.
This is really an excellent moody, environmental, and behavioral image with fantastic light, shadow, and composition. Great job with the depth of field. I probably wouldn’t do anything with this image because it is so fascinating but if there was one thing I would do it would be to clone away the in focus reed below and to the left of the head of the out of focus crane on the left side of the frame. This kind of draws my eye away from the out of focus crane. It interrupts the continuity of that part of the image. Otherwise perfect.
Hello, Krzysztof, and welcome to the forum. Lovely and foremost natural image. This, to me, is typically how I expect to see Cranes. Nice atmosphere captured. Looking forward to more of your shots ! Cheers, Hans
Nothing much to add besides this is really nice and welcome to the forum! Love the mood the fog conveys. I had the same thought as David about the in-focus reed, but I definitely understand your preference to leave the image unaltered. Hans says he expects to see cranes like this; I would just like to see one at all!
Welcome! This is an excellent, evocative image and a great first post.
The magical mood just draws one in. Sure looking forward to more of your images, as well as your comments and suggestions on other’s work.
Your portfolio is terrific and I hope you’ll post many of those images here.
Welcome to NPN. Like this one a lot; great first post. The fog presents a nice mood and blends in well with the crane. I like the out of focus crane in the background and its position works well as does all the vertical elements in the photo. Well done!
Welcome to NPN and the Avian forum, Krzysztof. This is a fine image and an excellent introduction to your work. Your shallow depth of field worked very well here and you’ve retained the foggy look quite nicely, while still showing excellent detail in the main subject. Given that you don’t clone or do local adjustments, my only suggestion for a possible improvement would be a very tiny crop from the right side. There’s just a sliver of light on the right of the tree trunk about half way up that tends to pull my eye and I think the mage work even better without it.
I look forward to seeing a lot more of your work.
Welcome to NPN, @krzysztof! This is beautiful image as I am a sucker for this kind of image. Very story telling and composed very well. I can see the crane closest to us motioning us to come along in this trip into the forest. Such a fine first image.
I am not familiar with this crane. What species is this?
Hello, Thank you all for a warm welcome and your comments.
The photo shows euroasian cranes (grus grus). This are male and female looking for potential place to nest. I have tried to take the photo of cranes in this place almost two years and they appeared only one time in this morning just in front of me. They went approx. 1m from me and this was the only moment when they both turned back to check if are not followed, which is a very typical behaviour for them. Poland is getting less and less water every year and this can be really seen year over year so I hope that I will have a pleasure to see them in the next years.
About the reed in the picture it also bothered me when I saw the picture on my monitor but I never modify my images so I decided to accept it. The right side of the picture was also something I wanted to limit but to keep the aspect ration I would need to cut top or bottom of the image which I would not like to do. I appreciate those points and have similar feelings.