Feathered Elegance + Reworks


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Wings unfurled, the Darter stands majestically on the rock, its sleek feathers catching the light in stunning detail. Each feather is perfectly fanned out, showcasing the intricate patterns that often go unnoticed in the rush of everyday observation. The bird’s slender neck curves gracefully as it faces the sky, perhaps readying itself for flight or simply basking in the sun’s warmth. The stark contrast between the dark feathers and the light background highlights the bird’s elegant form and the rugged texture of the rock beneath it.

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363 mm at ISO 400 and 1⁄1250sec at ƒ/7.1

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WOW, this may be the most inspiring bird image I have seen on this site.
The only change I see is maybe the shadow on the lower left is distracting and draws my eye off the subject.
Again, this is a great image.

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An interesting black and white rendition. Looks as if you have the gray scale pretty well covered. The image makes for a good look at the wings; would have liked a little more head turn. Another artistic image.

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Hi Saundie, an intriguing, unique image that really gives a dynamic view of the wing detail and structure. The black and white really plays well with the textures seen here. Interesting take for an avian subject.

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I really like the display of the wing and tail feathers in this image, Saundie. Since the image is all about the feathers, I’d be tempted to crop in from the left to a square or nearly square presentation and definitely enough to get rid of the shadow on the left edge of the rock.

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@Allen_Sparks @Dennis_Plank @Allen_Brooks @Steve_Rosendahl
Thanks for the encouraging feedback, and thank you, Steve, for the massive compliment! I have made the changes as suggested. I think they both make for a better image. Many thanks.

The cropped version is even stronger

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Thanks Steve. :+1: