I cannot resist processing another picture of this Little Egret that had a blue & red barge on the background. I crop the picture just a little bit to put the bird in the center. I don't think I have ever seen a background like this and with the white feathers of the bird I would say that this is the type of picture that I like. The only thing missing are the legs because I was so close to the bird that it came out of the frame. LOL What is your verdict?
There's a bit of burnt area at the shoulder and the top of the head, but I believe that can be recovered from RAW.
The exotic background makes the subject pop out of the screen!
To strengthen the composition, I'd probably crop the frame at the right hand side so that there's a bit more space in front of the bird than at the back. That will result into a non-conventional aspect ratio (length to width ratio of the frame), but sometimes you can break such norm if the subject position requires it.
You don't miss anything. Now that you mentioned it, I can see it. I guess that requires isolated adjustments of levels. This I have to learn.
This breaking of the aspect ratio is new to me but it does make sense to strengthen the composition. When you do that, how would you frame the picture? It would have to follow the size of the bird so the framing won't be standard.
Thank you Romy for the critique. I am learning new things from it. I hope other Forum members would also benefit from this if they are like me who don't know about these things.
Hehehe.... it's my job to find nits in the Critique Corner.
On the cropping, here's chopping off 200 pixels from the right side, turning the 1200x800 original into a 1000x800 frame. No other revision was done. This ratio can now be conveniently printed into an 8"x10", a regularly available size from photo labs and photo frame sellers. If you need a bigger print, a 16"x20" is also available in some printing houses. You can easily have it custom-framed, as frames larger than 8"x10" or 8"x12" are not easily available ex-stock anyway.