I mentioned here about being very pleased to see some plumed whistling ducks last week. I also had a lovely golden light due to a dark thunderstorm nearby darkening the sky overhead.
Having captured 5 non-rejects in a burst of less than a second, I am torn between these images.
This first one (let’s call it “04”) has almost zero motion blur and is satisfying for the freeze-effect, but looks unnatural.
Each of these next two (“05 and 06”) has the significant motion blur that tells a story but somehow grates for me.
This one “08” akin to “04” but the framing lets it down
Finally, “09” has the action almost complete, no discernible motion, but lack of Depth of Field means that the more distant wing distracts me.
It is possible coming back in several weeks will allow me to be more dispassionate and ruthless in culling, but right now, I’m stuck. I’d value critique and opinions: less on things technical, more on things artistic/aesthetic, and including reasons, where you can articulate them.
If anyone would like one of these as a playraw, you have only to ask.