Heron at Sunset
by: © Kaila Drayton (8y expr.)
Kaila, thanks for sharing your beautiful image with me. It was a pleasure to see it and provide you with my thoughts. I think its a very nice image and would make a superb print. Below are some suggestions that you may wish to consider that can bring out or enhance the inherent qualities of this image.
I very much like the iconic, classic vision that this image evokes. Very nice
The composition is strong and pleasing. I like the symmetry of the upper and lower water ripples that frame the heron as well as the nice repetition of form created by the herons reflection in the water. Placement of the Heron is also very nice in the rightmost third of the image frame. though there are no leading lines to bring the eye into the frame, the placement of the visual elements serves to place the bird in a place where the foreground is defined well as distance. Had the water ripples not been there the image would have, I feel, lacked a sense of special depth. I do think that the oblong object in the water ripples, although it is most likely a natural reflection, doesn't seem to represent any recognizable form either on the bird or in the scene and thus, in my estimation, creates a minor distraction. There are numerous spots and detrimus in the water and sky (if it is sky and not a continuation of water). Regardless of whether the spots are sensor dust, or natural elements, they will be seen as 'dirt or dust' on the sensor and should be dealt with.
This, along with the strong composition is a very strong point for this image. The hues throughout this image are very compelling and beautiful. The blue, violet, and magenta tones are both soothing and attractive, and also serve to bring out the colors in the heron. The heron, if you are considering printing this image, is somewhat dark, but not severely blocked shadow wise.
Good from what I can see at this resolution.
The colors of the setting sun reflected in the water convey a feeling of tranquility, a contrast to the feeling created by the rippling water and the struggling fish in t see all >
The colors of the setting sun reflected in the water convey a feeling of tranquility, a contrast to the feeling created by the rippling water and the struggling fish in the heron's beak.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure time: 1/160 sec ,Manual ,Manual
Focal length: 400.0 mm
White balance: As Shot
Exposure program: Manual
Metering mode: Spot
Date and time: 26 Dec 2016 01:39
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Original size: 5760px X 3840px
Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.7 (Macintosh)
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
How to improve your photo
Consider using a healing or spot healing tool to remove the spots from the upper area of the image as well as the foreground smooth water image. As I mentioned earlier, even though these spots may be water artifacts they will appear, particularly in a print, as dust or dirt.
There is a small roundish reflection in the ripples below the heron that appears to not correspond with the form of the bird or any other element in the picture. You can use the clone or healing tool to fix this easily. It is not a huge thing, but it is a distraction to an otherwise pristine iconic presentation,
Consider doing an auto color and auto tone adjustment to further deepen the colors on this image. If it doesn't play well with your sense of how this image should look then you can always undo the changes and use the current color tones. (When I did these changes it didn't change the hues or color so much as it deepened the colors visually)
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