Flycatcher – and a note about eyes (Two Photographs)

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The admonition to focus on the subject’s eyes, for people and animals is a good one. Ideally we also want a catch light in the eyes. You can create catch lights but do so with care as they have to correspond to the rest of the lighting. You can brighten the eyes (also controversial) but easier to do. I have done it here, hopefully modestly. There are two reasons for this. Our focus is almost always drawn to the eyes of other animals and to the brightest spot in a photograph, if the eyes are generally good and bright, the viewer’s focus should be where we want it to be.


15 responses

  1. Beautiful!


    January 16, 2016 at 1:05 am

  2. I love your macro series on your photography website. Gorgeous compositions.


    January 16, 2016 at 1:10 am

  3. Hmm, interesting tip about brightening the eyes. What species of flycatcher is this?


    January 16, 2016 at 1:18 am

    • Glad you like it. Not as much of a birder as I should be. I will have to look it up.

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      January 16, 2016 at 6:09 am

  4. Unless you hear him sing, identifying the species of flycatcher is very difficult if not impossible. I usually content myself with the designation “flycatcher” unless I can be certain. Sometimes you get a clue based on where you see him and the season but again, it is hard to be sure–if anyone has a better way of figuring these guys out, I would love to know the trick!

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    January 16, 2016 at 7:41 am

  5. Lovely pics


    January 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  6. I’m glad you showed a photo of a bird without a catchlight. They aren’t always easy to get, but sometimes the photo is good, but no catchlight. What are your thoughts on that?


    January 16, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    • Natural Catchlights are best, of course, and while you can create them later, it’s not worth it. Brightening an eye is easier and sometimes worthwhile. Some animals, some birds are never going to have much of a catchlight I have no problem with that. A bird that could have but doesn’t have a catchlight and if I can see the eye then it’s okay. A black eye is a dead spot, everything else has to go right for it to be okay. Hope that answers your question.


      January 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm

  7. Such a good point about the catch light.


    January 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

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