1174696pfolrevon June 5, 2012
This is a great picture, very springy. The top of the gate has some great textures with the lichens. The bottom is less interesting and is overpowering the bird. Also it does not catch the light the way the top does. I would consider if possible cropping the bottom 15% (just below the horizontal plank of the image to only keep the lightness, springy top 4/5. Either by cutting a little bit of the Ivy or by using 16:9 ratio.
As Alan, mentioned, I would also clone out the white spot on the top left.
Hope this helps,
Thomas Chwojko-Frankon June 4, 2012
Thanks for the ideas! This was an accidental shot. I was relaxing on the back patio and my cat was chattering away. I tried taking some shots of him, but he never faced the right way. Then I looked around to find what he was trying to catch. The bird flew to the door and started trash talking.
Richardon June 4, 2012
I agree with Alan on the bird's head and the white spots in the left upper corner. The vignetting is a great idea. My favorite part of your image is by far the gate. I really like the wood grain and the dried moldy stuff on the cross member.
Alan Lawrenceon June 4, 2012
I love the sharpmenss of the image, especially the wood. I wish the bird had turned just a bit so we can see its profile. Lovely bokeh as well. I'd either give it some vignetting or clone out the white spot at the top left of the image. Nicely done.