Photographer: Berl Nussbaum, Seattle

Photo taken: April 7, Magnuson Park, Seattle

Photographer’s description: “Wandering on top of berm overlooking the marsh, looking for birds. Camera was Panasonic DMC-FZ35, used in close-up mode.”

Expert says: “Nice job spotting (get it?!) these little guys. Next time, get in even closer either by ‘zooming with your feet’ or cropping tighter. I want to see our little friends even bigger in the frame. I love how they contrast against the green grass but are on the purple-ish foliage as if they are making it change color. Also, try experimenting with depth of field by making that grass in the background more blurred — it will help get rid of the distracting texture and direct our focus on our friends.”

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— Katie G. Cotterill, Seattle Times photo staff

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