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Cormorant #15147
05/11/08 08:36 PM
05/11/08 08:36 PM
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James Morrissey Offline OP
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James Morrissey  Offline OP
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Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Feb 2005
Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey Everyone,

I am not a birder, but I have had a mild obsession with the cormorant for a few years. My first cormorant I ever saw was in a photograph taken by my friend Adam. From there, I was hooked - mostly by their beautiful eyes. This is one of a series that I took while in Monterey.

Obviously, I like this shot a lot, but, I am wondering about the 'negative space' along the diagnal of the shot..specifically, I am wondering if I should have composed slightly more to the right. Does it work for you folks? Thoughts?


Re: Cormorant [Re: James Morrissey] #15148
05/11/08 08:57 PM
05/11/08 08:57 PM
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TangoWay Offline
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Jim,

I probably would have cropped a little tighter, but I really like the shot. I know what you mean about the eyes.

Re: Cormorant [Re: TangoWay] #15149
05/11/08 10:33 PM
05/11/08 10:33 PM
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rustinm Offline
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Jim,

I like the diagonal however I also like the detail in the wings and how it plays with the detail in the rocks. I would have tried to crop a little tighter but only if I could have keep the diagonal.

Re: Cormorant [Re: James Morrissey] #15150
05/11/08 11:52 PM
05/11/08 11:52 PM
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Illinois
Peggy Sue Offline
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Peggy Sue  Offline
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Illinois
I like this image just as it is presented. It gives the bird room to move as it is indicating it will do. Nice shot!


Peggy Sue
Re: Cormorant [Re: Peggy Sue] #15151
05/14/08 02:15 AM
05/14/08 02:15 AM
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NY USA
Jim Rickards Offline
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NY USA
Good capture, especially the eyes. I like it as is, but see that the crop would make the bird larger, perhaps more beautiful, but show less of his surroundings.

Re: Cormorant [Re: TangoWay] #15152
05/19/08 02:06 AM
05/19/08 02:06 AM
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Dale Forrest Offline
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North Carolina
Hi James,

I agree with others that you shouldn't crop any part of the image.
The balance is just right for my eye.
The only change I would make would be to darken the background a little bit,
keeping the cormorant brighter, and then I would be sure to mat and frame it
so that your eye is not lost on the bright background.

I would use a darker mat with a thin pinline of color something like this.



just my thoughts.

Dale


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