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.