Backgrounds and Birds (Three Photographs)
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This is a magnificent Egret against a so-so background. Many articles on bird photography talk about perfect backgrounds that compliment the bird. Sometimes that is possible because of the nature of the background or by using a large aperture and fading the background out. In many cases it’s a challenge to perfect. Using a larger aperture would not have worked here, kneeling in the mud or standing in the water might have helped. In post-processing you can darken the background and fade it out with filters. On the other hand sometimes the subject stands out enough, like a politician in a crowd, then the background is not as much of a consideration.