Adding Drama to a Raptor (Eight Photographs)
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A Peregrine Falcon studiously studies his surroundings, including yours truly. I think it’s more concerned about crows and other birds chasing it away and wants to focus on an easy meal. While its nice to photograph a bird against a blue sky, it is still back-lit to some degree. The tree needed cleaning of spider webs and other distractions that looked like sensor dirt. The bird is sitting in a magnificent tree but if I include too much of it the bird disappears. This bird was not going to give us any more poses and I was lucky to get what I did. Given that I have posted a peregrine in this tree before, I thought about trying it in Black and White. The sky looked dull (Photoshop – render clouds with a blending mode of soft light – three or four gradient layers to fade it and voila a dramatic sky). I ended up with a series of photographs I really like (the color versions are included for comparison). You will note I removed a branch in the black and whites to improve the composition. Let no one say I do not come clean about my manipulations!