Birds

Shadow and Highlights (Two Photographs)

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Just some mallards with attitude. I like to experiment with ways to get better exposure both in camera and in post. One way is adjusting the shadows and highlights. The goal is to capture natural shadows and highlights that give visibility to a subject and create a bit of mood. This pair of ducks were opposite each other but the lighting on each was different.


Mallard and Chicks (Three Photographs)

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It’s always a treat seeing young ducks rush about and get corralled by their mother. They do tend to stay in a group, but the odd one wanders away. From a photographic perspective there are two issues here, getting detail over a broad area and different lighting on different subjects. My solution is to take many photographs. A higher ISO has made the colours a touch too dense in the first photo.


Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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Thank goodness for the radial filter in Lightroom. The face of this bird was in modest shadow and all I wanted to do was even out the light over part of the body. The radial filter tool makes this easy (draw around your subject, change the exposure and make any other adjustments within that selection).

 


Nuthatch (Three Photographs)

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Nuthatches are quite common, especially when people are offering them handouts, but they move quickly and can be a challenge to photograph. They tease you, as you lift your camera they are already in another bush or tree. So getting a few good shots is a relief.


Black-Crowned Night Heron (Two Photographs)

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These herons sometimes remind me of the Penguin in Batman. Their poses and expressions, never mind the bright red eyes and often comical dance they do when walking along a log, are so penguin-like.


Nuthatch (Three Photographs)

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Nuthatches are a common bird with a very point beak. It is therefore quite surprising to see people feeding them out of their hands and risking a good pecking. Most of the time these birds hang down from trees when they are trying to find insects to eat.


Black-Crowned Night Heron (Three Photographs)

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This year we have heard of more sightings of these herons than usual but they are still hard to find. Standing two feet tall, you would think they would be easier to spot, but for the most part they hang out in bushes along the river, stalking fish very slowly, or preening quietly.