Red-winged Blackbird (Four Photographs)
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I am discovering that with a very long lens (like the Nikon 200-500) it is easy to get too close to the subject and lose background and context. In this series I was careful to get more background rather than less. Given the nature of the background I thought it might be a good opportunity to try out one or other of the post processing techniques for luminosity masks. Luminosity masks are used to select different ranges of light from bright to dark, enabling adjusts to each of the light ranges selectively. If there is one thing I have learned with this set of photos it is that nature does a better job than my attempts at getting more impact (translation I need to study this subject more). So I ditched the masks and stuck with getting a bit more detail on the bird itself. Red-winged blackbirds are noisy, jumpy birds that like the undergrowth as much as the branches. I was lucky that this one moved around in a relatively small area long enough for me to get some shots.