I got hired.....to shoot a bird?

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  1. burnws6

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    Well, whatever floats your boat. She had money, and she wanted a picture of her bird. She told me what kind it was but I forgot. She wanted a bright picture. I used a 1/4 CTO gel on the background but it was too orange. So I used it bare. She loved it, but I still don't feel like it shouts a "bright" picture. Anyone have any ideas what I could have done better?

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    well first off, let me qualify this by answering your question first. I don't know. The only thing I could think of was like, Vibrance in lightroom. Thats all i got.
    But, I love that photo! I think you did a great job! I love the Shallowish DOF and i think its quite bright.
     
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    Thanks Man! I'm in the process of playing around with in PS....Have no idea what I'm going to do though lol
     
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    I think it looks awesome. :thumbup: I don't think it would look any better if it were brighter.
     
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    Thank you. Maybe I'm just nit picking.
     
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    It looks oversaturated which may be the result of it looking soft for feather detail.

    The bit of branch on the right edge that's been pruned is distracting. Another branch where the leaves aren't dying would've been a better choice.

    I would have hit the background so the bird (main subject) is in that splash to emphasize.

    A reflector set below the bird would have given more detail to the shadowed underside of the tail feathers.

    Cute bird.
     
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    Bingo. Thank you, that's exactly what's missing. Except the 3rd point....I'm not sure what you mean?
     
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    Oh that's a good point there! Like, seriously, it is. Now I hope one day I get to shoot a bird. haha.

    and I think what he means in his third point is to have the bird in the center of the bright circle on the background. I think.. Like right now, the brighter spot on the background does imply emphasis to those little leaves over there, where if it were behind the bird, it would lead the viewer to the bird instead.
     
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    I think it looks great and I wouldn't change a thing. Good Job.
     
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    Honestly I almost took it. But I thought I was going to look over the top with a 50" reflector lol.
     
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    I do agree with this. Was that the only plant there or did you bring your own OP.
     
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    Well, I came into the project blind. I had no idea what I was going to do. Originally I had the owner hold it with its hand. That looked distracting and unprofessional. Second I tried to catch it mid flight, I couldn't get it to focus even though I was shooting at f8. So I asked her if I could take part of a branch off, but I took a half dead branch because I thought it would be rude to rip off a healthy branch lol.
     

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