Birds

It Waved Goodbye! (Three Photographs)

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This is a Yellow-rumped warbler taken in early summer. Applying my own special sauce in Luminar 2018 for sharpening and tonal contrast to enhance the background as you see here. Some branches were removed in Photoshop. I have had a problem with Luminar in finding a way to do tonal contrast the way I used to do it in Intensity CK (an old Skylum product). I created an approximation with a preset and have used it on all the photos this week.

 

 


Mallards

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Some days if it weren’t for the mallards there would be nothing to shoot. Getting them in interesting light is a bonus I make use of. The more time I spend taking photographs and processing them the more I learn about light and how to take advantage of it, such as careful tuning of highlights in post-processing to get even lighting.


Sharpness

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A good question to ask is “does everything need to be in focus”. The answer of course is no. What is or is not in focus is wholly the result of the photographer’s skill or taste. I might have preferred both geese in focus, but the one coming in is certainly the subject.

 


Robin Redbreasth

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I have been fortunate to have seen some very good black and white photography of birds and other animals. Some of it taken before colour photography was viable. I can understand that it may not be to some people’s taste and seem a little eccentric today but it depends on what you’re after. Black and white photography lends itself more to the artistic and textured photography.


Egret (Two Photographs)

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A majestic bird deserves good photography. It is an all white bird so it’s suited to black and white. The real difference lies in the background. Mud flats are not the best background, but I have tried to work with that (crop, colour etc.).


Downy Woodpecker (Three Photographs)

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A lovely little bird I don’t see often enough. They have a habit of making their way up a tree in a spiral as it hunts insects. The pecking sound often gives them away, their song does not seem to travel far in the forest. I did these in black and white because of the texture.

 


Female Mallard Duck (Two Photographs)

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This an odd crop equivalent to the new rectangular TVs., 16:9 to be exact. The bird is centred in the photograph. However, this meets all of my criteria for a reasonable shot, good background, good contrast and detail, catch light in the eye and an anthropomorphic smile.