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Twilight Magic

Twilight Magic

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"You lookin' at me?"

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Higher resolution image here

100mm* - about right for a head and shoulders portrait :-) - even without the shoulders.
At f/8 depth of field was "only just enough".
Beak is nicely sharp to back beyond nostrils but softening by the eyes

(150mm @ 35mm FF equivalent)

Some thoughts on "composition":

Original is portrait mode - how else do you shoot an Ostrich with attitude! ? :-) Despite the limitations of the landscape crop and the low resolution allowed, most of the attitude still comes across.

How much to crop? - while this is always a challenge for best results, the small size, low res and given aspect ration make it harder than usual.

Photos on the page need visual impact and filling the frame seems desirable
(based on other images, winning images and trials with this guy). Cropping off part of the top of his (her?) head is not unacceptable in any context but makes you think twice about the visual effect.

Head 'hairs' go to an appreciable height above the head and, while on an A4 higher res print you have the luxury of including them, at 210 pixel total image height they are hard to see, and reduce the overall visual impact for no real gain.

The long Ostrich neck is part of demonstrating its visual pride factor and attitude - but unshowable here without reducing the head to a minor part of the page. After some trials with various amounts of neck visible it seemed that no neck at all achieved best results in conveying the bird's "in your face attitude" which is much of what the photo is about.

All the preceding makes more sense when the full size image is viewed.



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This is my humble try. I've been looking for about a week to those nympheas, trying to remember the camera to take them a picture. Finally I did it, and I really love this one (now my wallpaper). :)

Picture taken with a Nikon Coolpix 3200, not processed.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I love how this looks totally symmetric and perfect... until you get to that one recalcitrant petal in the middle. That misbehaving petal somehow humanizes the flower. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Martha
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 14:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Martha: Very nice analysis! I also like the simmetry, and also the fact that there are about 4 petals for each "layer"...:) and the rebel one :) \$\endgroup\$
    – clabacchio
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 15:02

Rainy night

Rainy night thorugh my window


On vacation

on vacation

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure this qualifies as a photograph any more - it's digital art. I also find it odd to have that desaturated vegetation on the right. \$\endgroup\$
    – Martha
    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 15:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Martha thanks for suggestions. I didn't spend much time for post processing - I want to know the common impression. \$\endgroup\$
    – garik
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 9:31

Old Mack

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