The first time I have taken on the role of Judge and some very good and different images presented this week. 

 

Blackbird with Attitude

20 1st Place

Great image and title. The bird appears to be looking straight at the photographer and exudes attitude. Nice background with a variety of colours and the rocks with the texture show the bird off to great effect. The image is pin sharp and the exposure is well handled in bright light.

Goldfinches

19 2nd Place 

Close call between this image and the winner. There is a catchlight in the eyes, though I may have been tempted to lighten this area to make them stand out more. The bokeh complements the birds and there is little to choose between the first and second placed images.

Just a Nibble

18 3rd Place

I liked the composition of this image with the shot diveded into three separate segments. There are some blown out areas around the fat balls and the trees but the exposure is reasonably well handled. Nice shot

Dropped in for a Drink

17 HC

Well captured and sharp in the right areas. The right-hand side of the image and the two bright stones are distracting and difficult to crop out. Not sure if you could tone down these areas to reduce their effect on the image.

Free Toilet Paper

17 HC

I really liked the panel of images and the story it told. Unfortunately the bird was not particularly sharp and this lessened the impact of the images otherwise I would have scored higher.

Finch

17 HC

Whilst I have not scored this as highly as other images I did like this shot and poster like quality was very different. Would be interested in the original image and how the author ended up with the finished article.

Social Distancing

16 C

An appealing shot and it almost looked as if the second sparrow had been cloned.  Suffered a little due to the setting and increasing the vibrance and saturation in my opinion would help the shot.

Swallow

16 C

A good image but due to the angle of the shot it lost a bit of its appeal. On a humorous note I wondered if it had committed an offence given it was sitting above its mugshot number. 

Hey Mate. There’s a queue here

16 C

I liked this shot in regard to the main bird in shot. The other bird is partly in shadow and obscured. Also the pink flowers are distracting.

Waiting To Feed

16 C

Good shot with the magic number of subjects. Unfortunately the feeder is quite bright and it may have discouraged the author from increasing brightness around the birds. Somewhat flat.

Birds of a Feather 

16 C

Liked this as an image however the birds are not sharp. 

Free as a Little Bird

15

Image is soft which is a pity because the composition and the background are good.

Pigeon

15

The author has undertaken a lot of post processing work in my opinion and looks if they have cut the pigeon and the rail out from the original background and substituted the green background. However it shows around the edges and I found that to be distracting.

Getting Ready for Take Off

15

Interesting shot. There are areas that are blown out and the wing feathers are sharp but the eye is in the shadows and this makes it less appealing.

Speug

15

Image a little soft and the background on the right hand side is distracting.

Preening

15

The angle that this shot at has not in my opinion shown the bird or the activity at it’s best which is unfortunate as the image appears sharp and the background is good.

Phone Section

Birdwatching through the Window

15

Different variety of images. Liked the idea but would have preferred to see more of the subject matter. Photos taken are sharp. Really liked the image of the birds in the tree.

Helping Hands

17 HC 

Not sure how this was managed this, definitely interesting story. Liked the angle it was taken at and clear but pleasantly soft. Only criticism is  I would have liked to see it brighter or to remove the shadow to the left.

Hi Hi Blackbird

15

Good action shot. Spying on the neighbours. I liked the angle you have taken it on. House in the background a minor distraction. I would have probably edited it out. Looks good with just the shed in background.

High Tea

19 2nd Place

Sharp and clear image. I like the lighting with the sunshine coming through the branches. Was hard to decide whether it is was this one or The Girls Next Door should be first, so had to be “picky”’ so would have liked to have seen full tail feathers in the image as well. Does not take away from  a great photo though.

Jack Sparrow

18 3rd Place

A chicken with attitude. Lovely image, I like the contrast with the plants. My eye was drawn to the sunlight in the corner which was a little distracting and took away from what is a good photo for me.

Robbie Bouncing for Joy

17 HC

An amusing take on the subject matter. Clear’ sharp photo good use of light.

The Girls next Door

20 1st Place

I really liked the angle this was taken on. The dappled light gives depth to the photo. A clear action shot. Well done.