Cedar Waxwing
by: © Donna Bean (5y expr.)
9.6
Overall
Rating
9
General
impression
9
Subject
of photo
10
Composition
& Perspective
10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Depth
of field
9
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
Donna, this is a nice solid and cleanly composed image. I like the presentation portrait look to it that retains a suggestion of impending action. I have little to say relative to 'improving' it but here are a few things to consider in the presentation of this image,
9/10
Subject
of photo
I like this image. The static rendition of the waxwing belies the suggestion of impending motion of the bird as it prepares to launch itself from its roost with its treasure in tow.
9/10
Composition
& perspective
This image has a solid composition. The placement of the bird to the leftmost third of the image creates both circular and diagonal energy. The suggested diagonal is formed from lower left to upper right by the placement of the birds tail at the imaginary line of the diagonal. I normally wouldn't like to see that much empty space in front of the bird but I think it works well here as it provides the impression that the bird will fly in that direction at any moment (at least to me). The entry of the holly cluster from the lower right, horizontally along the bottom ant then spiraling up behind the bird and then again horizontally along the top of the composition creates a radial motion as well as a framing of the main subject.
10/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
I think your settings work well here an I cant think of another combination of shutter, ISO and aperture that would improve the quality of the image. I do wonder, given the latitude of shutter speed you had (1/800) why you chose f/4 as opposed to F/2.8. The 70/200 creates such a spectacular boket at that aperture. Nonetheless all looks good with your settings,.
10/10
Depth
of field
I like the shallow depth of field here. It serves to highlight the subject and still retain enough detail to provide depth and scale.
10/10
Color &
Lighting
I think the color is beautiful, muted and soft. The lighting is even and not harsh. The only thing I see that distracts to a very small degree, are the branch shadows on the birds wing and body. However this is not really an issue considering there isn't a lot you can do to control the natural elemental environment of the moment.
9/10
Focus
sharp.
10/10
Description
Every year I go work one day with a holly full of berries and come home to a tree devoid of berries. I felt so lucky today when I saw the cedar waxwings come to eat the  see all >
Every year I go work one day with a holly full of berries and come home to a tree devoid of berries. I felt so lucky today when I saw the cedar waxwings come to eat the berries while I was home. These birds are just so beautiful.
Technical Details

Canon EOS 60D

Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure time: 1/800 sec ,Manual ,Manual
F-stop: F4
ISO: 160
Focal length: 200.0 mm
White balance: As Shot
Exposure program: Manual
Metering mode: Center-weighted average
Date and time: 31 Dec 2016 15:58
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Original size: 1000px X 714px
Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.8 (Windows)
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Don Mace
20+ Years
United States
Nature
336 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
There are wonderful colors here that work well together. It is currently presented in a soft and muted way. I think you have room to pump up the saturation overall or just the reds and blues to pop it some.
2.
I'm wondering how the 2.8 aperture setting would have rendered the background. Consider using this for a softer and creamy background when using this stellar lens. d
3.
Consider removing (cloning or patch tool) the small brown leaf immediately behind the bird on the branch. Its a small distraction but it does divert the eye away a little. Also if you would like to present the bird as more present in the frame, consider cropping the image in a portrait orientation using the right edge of the large lowermost holly berry cluster as your right margin and to just to the left of the berry behind the bird as your left most margin.
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Don Mace
Experience: 20+ Years
I have been joyfully capturing images for over 35 years. My formative years were spent shooting 35mm film and/or slide transparencies. My workflow is now totally digital. I primarily shoot nature, scenic, landscapes, architectural, macro and, now and then, people. I am viscerally drawn to simp...
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