KurtPrestonon Nov 19
Vandana, you may think out loud in my comments all you want :)
Vandana Ramanon Nov 19
it's interesting that even with a f stop of 3.7, you can actually make out some details in the back..the crop is interesting too..esp since it's something i don't seem do ever, but the central comp is actually interesting - i'd have surely cropped on the left..but this one sets a mood, of that bird's proud ownership of the land in the midst of all those houses which maybe lost with a 1/3rd crop..just thinking aloud in Kurt's page :))maybe I've some human transference to bird issues :) i'm learning a lot too!
Mom4squirrelson Nov 19
I think the houses are perfect in the background. Frankly, I didn't see the OOF board coming right at you until Sean mentioned it...then my eyes caught the perspective of the photo. Wonder if other would see that right away or like find it a distraction...just a thought. Otherwise it is a wonderful black and white photo!
Thusieon Nov 19
Like this much better than the Orig. Super sharp focus on the bird and I like B&W for this shot. That bit of OOF foreground stuff sort of bugs me, love that bird!
sherstone.comon Nov 18
Well - I'm not on the fence - This one is definitely my favorite of the two. I love the wood coming right into the lens. I am quite happy with the amount of blur you have for the background if it was more the photo would me missing something IMHO.
Meffordon Nov 18
I think I like this one better too. There is a lot in this image and the B & W is nice.
KurtPrestonon Nov 18
Not a problem and thanks for the comment on this! I was going back and forth about whether I liked it or not. I feel I messed up the DOF a bit as I was looking to have the houses across the mouth of the river be a little more OOF.
Rick Orrell (52748Ricardo38)on Nov 18
I know I'll probably be going against the flow by commenting on this one instead of your 'official' potd, but I really like ths one for some reason. You've got the horizon and the foreground defining your 'thirds', the the gull in the middle as the focal point. The more I look at this one, the more I like it.