Silhouetted Egret

Shot this egret last night silhouetted - intentional - visioning a half decent B/W

What technical feedback would you like if any?

Shooting technique

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

any visual flow

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I like this shot a lot. Really attractive pose, composition, lighting, and B&W contrast. I wouldn’t change a thing. I think it’s wall-hanger.


This is gorgeous, Karl. I think B&W is an appropriate treatment for this lighting, too. The only thing that I could wish for is a calmer water; and that is not necessarily a better picture, just a different one with a completely different mood altogether.

Classy BW. Pleasing tonality. Maybe 1/2 stop brighter in darker areas?

I also love the B&W treatment with the backlighting. The pose is great. Personally, I’d keep the dark areas like you have them because I think you need a lot of contrast in a shot like this. Critique-wise, I see some noise in the front wing that I’d work on, and I think I’d prefer a little more room on the left so that the crop is a little less boxy. Overall, very nice.

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Stunning capture, Karl!

As mentioned, I think B/W was a perfect choice for this shot. The light on the feathers is sublime.

Wonderful as is IMO. Congrats!

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The angle of light combined with the egret’s pose was perfect for this image, Karl. Absolutely stunning flow of light. For my taste, your exposure was perfect. Very well done.

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The light and pose are just gorgeous. Personally I don’t like the darkening you did on the water, it looks overprocessed to me. Other than that, I really like this shot!
Grt, Ingrid.

I know you like smooth backgrounds :slight_smile:


Did that - good suggestion - thanks

Thanks Ingrid

Did you mean the water in general or the top half requiring more texture

Congratulations on achieving your vision. I love the backlighting and exposure, along with the pose with all those graceful curves. Super!

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Excellent black and white treatment; really brings out the details in the whites. I like the pose and water splashes. Well done.

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