Red-Winged Blackbird (Three Photographs)
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The color in these photos made my day; red-winged blackbirds are very common, territorial and certainly noisy. Full disclosure: I edited out a few branches in Photoshop. One of the oldest of photography issues is whether to edit or not; before digital you had people doing a lot of editing in the darkroom. Ansel Adams even wrote a book about it. Photojournalism has strict rules on what can be edited, as do many competitions. Very few people who do extensive edits tell their audience. An amateur photographer who is not constrained by professional standards has significant latitude and perhaps it’s not such a bad idea to explain that the result really did benefit from one’s photographic skills writ large.