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On 7/11/2021 at 10:56 PM, IKLland said:

These might not be “ bombed”, bust I’m curious why these got three stars. 
thanks! 
just trying to make better pictures. 
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/353600621

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/353601721

The Mallard is a serviceable photo but there's nothing noteworthy about it, good or bad.

The grackle makes me cringe.  The composition makes the bird look uncomfortable.  Its head is bowed at an awkward angle, left leg pulled up so it looks like the foot is protruding from its chest.  Another comp issue is most of the tail is obscured by the branches.  If this was cropped, I'd have given the bird a bit more room.  There's also the underexposed neck and chest.  I realize most of my comments are subjective and I don't want to come across as brutal, but if I were to rate this one I'd give it a two.

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This is an interesting topic for me, since I'm not much of an editor.  I rarely check if my photos are rated or what ratings they draw; they're just out there as a side effect of my adding them to checklists.  I have one run of photos from the same checklist that have one rating each, and they're all rated two stars.  Obviously it was done by someone who didn't give them any thought.  I've never searched for photos taken by particular individuals, or go to Macaulay with the intent of rating photos.

I usually take photos for documentation or identification purposes, and rarely take artistic considerations into account when I'm in the field.  When I select ones to post, my primary consideration is how useful the photo may be as an ID tool for others.

I focus on getting ANY photo before losing the bird.  Part of that comes from not being comfortable with the camera settings themselves, so art takes a back seat even for birds that are slow moving or remain stationary for long periods.  I leave everything on auto other than adjusting the exposure, but at least I've learned to do that.

 

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28 minutes ago, Ed hogg said:

That's what I thought, not sure how the first one was in the best audio for the world for today. By the way they weren't my audios.

Yeah, it doesn’t take much to get into the best of the day, very easy for a user to rate his own media and it’ll go up. 

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5 stars??: 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/356599161

4 stars??: 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/356599651

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/356830671

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/356832031

I think someone went through all of my photos and rated them way higher than theyre supposed to be

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Not related to the topic but how does ebird know what kind of camera I have and all of that camera-related stuff?
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