Scarlett Tanager (Four Photographs) and a word on Catch-Lights

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Here are some photos of a Scarlett Tanager I took last year. It was a marvelous bird and a wonderful subject. I was lucky that the backgrounds and foregrounds were clean. The other day I posted some wood ducks and someone noticed the light in their eyes. Portrait photographers go out of their way get these catch-lights. The same is true for animals, without that glint of light the bird, raccoon, etc. may look flat or even dead. All it takes in most cases is for the head of the subject to be turned just a bit and you get a touch of life in the eyes. Sometimes brightening the eyes in post-processing just slightly helps to bring it out. Very nice to have but not always possible to get.

Scarlet Taniger-4

Scarlet Taniger-3

Scarlet Taniger-2

25 responses

  1. Beautiful bird. Wonderfully captured with that bit of catch light.


    March 21, 2016 at 1:11 am

  2. Lovely captures with so much details.


    March 21, 2016 at 1:34 am

  3. great shots


    March 21, 2016 at 4:29 am

  4. Love these birds; great shot.


    March 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

  5. Very nice! Great capture.


    March 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

  6. Beautiful portraits. I love the colour against the green. I would love to see one of these birds in real life.


    March 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

  7. You are so right about capturing that specific glint of light. Not simple as looks apart from the subject.


    March 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  8. Such a beautiful bird – great captures with nice, soft backgrounds. They have a lovely song as well, was he singing on this day?


    March 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  9. Lydia Ravenhall

    Wonderful photos!


    March 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

  10. What a beauty! Colours are stunning against the vibrant green 🙂


    March 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

  11. Lovely, great colour and well-photographed.


    March 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm

  12. They are darling!


    March 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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