Comments: Lovely bird and amazing to capture it with a meal in its beak. I think your focus, story and composition are good. I believe the exposure is a bit high and the contrast a bit low, but should be easy to adjust.
N=3, T=3, P=2, E=0, Total=8
Review by MariaK-L, Jan 31, 2014
You got a wonderful bird with prey and you handled the focus perfectly. The environment is well seen and not distracting.
I like the light tones and delicate colors of the bird as well as an interesting pattern in the tree. The bird is well separated from the slightly blurred background. The almost symmetrical composition works for me in this case. I like lines of the branches.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
I am retired after 29 years primary school teaching and eight years working part time for a major photographic retailer. My main interest at present other than photography is travelling and I undertake 3 or 4 trips abroad every year plus visits to parts of the UK.
I became involved in club photography in 1985 when I joined the North Cheshire Photographic Society and have held a number of positions within the society over the years. More recently I become more involved in the Royal Photographic Society where I was the regional secretary for a number of years. I am a member of the executive of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the umbrella organisation for photographic clubs in the region - where I am responsible for the production and circulation of folios of images around the clubs. I lecture on digital and travel photography and judge at clubs around the region.
Since the early 80s I have used Pentax equipment. I first started with digital in 1996 using PhotoDelux. I currently use CS3 and Lightroom 3 outputting to a Canon 9100 or an Epson R2400 printer.
I achieved my LRPS in 1998 with a panel of digital images and the award of CPAGB in 1999 with traditional colour and mono prints. I regularly enter PDIs in both national and international exhibitions in the UK and have had over 180 acceptances including 92 in the BPE exhibitions gaining me the BPE2* award, nearly half of these acceptances were for nature images.