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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #585 on: December 18, 2012, 05:57:40 PM »
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Hi guys, Took this picture of a crow a few months ago. Would love some feed back!


The photo lacks definition especially on the breast of the crow.  We are unable to see any detail of the plumage and the lighting on your subject is not optimum.  Since this bird is difficult in the first place to properly photograph and has very reflective shiny feather properties, its best not photo'd in any direct sun but more even or shaded light.  I would also avoid using B&W processing with this subject as it buries it even more into the limited 256 gray colors that are available in your image.  Stick with color.

Corvids certainly aren't easy to photograph in dierect sunlight, but it can be done. I would crop for composition on the right, but you do have an interesting pose, showing a little personality. Here's one I took a couple of years ago in sunlight.


Carrion Crow by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr
Thank you for the feed back. I will try to hunt them down on a more overcast day! As you said the direct sunlight washed out the reflective properties on its feathers which is why I converted to BW sine the background green was rather over powering, or at least I thought so when I looked at it. This fellow was very play full but unfortunately I had limited time to take photos due to having to stand in the middle of a tax stand/round about.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #585 on: December 18, 2012, 05:57:40 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #586 on: December 18, 2012, 10:26:48 PM »
White-faced Ibis at Huntington Beach Central Library iridescent in afternoon sunlight.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #587 on: December 19, 2012, 12:14:23 AM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #588 on: December 19, 2012, 12:24:01 AM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #589 on: December 19, 2012, 02:06:59 AM »
LSV..that's an amazing shot..don't think I have been to that location.  excellent contribution of the IBIS!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #590 on: December 19, 2012, 02:11:25 AM »
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revup67,
Absolutely gorgeous shots. Your quest for the Yellow-crowned Night Heron shot reminded me of a movie I watched last week... ;)


Thanks so much for the kind words !  it was well worth the 45 minute journey..can't wait to return there. Thinking about now buying a tent again, well almost :)

Here's that same Kestrel as a BIF


American Kestrel by Revup67, on Flickr
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #591 on: December 20, 2012, 07:42:04 AM »
Not sure if I've ever shared this one with the group here. I also realize that it's not a hawk after educating myself. I shot this in northern New Jersey. Can anyone ID it?

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Hungry Hawk by atosk89, on Flickr
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #591 on: December 20, 2012, 07:42:04 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #592 on: December 20, 2012, 05:22:55 PM »
Not sure if I've ever shared this one with the group here. I also realize that it's not a hawk after educating myself. I shot this in northern New Jersey. Can anyone ID it?

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Hungry Hawk by atosk89, on Flickr

Is that a pigeon it's feasting on? That would help to size it. It's definitely a falcon, but I'm not sure it is quite big enough for a peregrine, plus I'm not familiar with North American distribution. The hood doesn't look as distinct as normal, but it could be a juvenile bird or it could be the angle.
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« Reply #593 on: December 20, 2012, 06:45:46 PM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #594 on: December 20, 2012, 07:47:08 PM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #595 on: December 20, 2012, 08:06:32 PM »
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Absolutely gorgeous shots. Your quest for the Yellow-crowned Night Heron shot reminded me of a movie I watched last week... ;)


Thanks so much for the kind words !  it was well worth the 45 minute journey..can't wait to return there. Thinking about now buying a tent again, well almost :)

Here's that same Kestrel as a BIF


American Kestrel by Revup67, on Flickr

Great job on the American Kestral Rev!  Man they fly fast and are hard to catch on the fly... Congrats!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #596 on: December 20, 2012, 08:11:57 PM »
revup67,

Absolutely gorgeous shots. Your quest for the Yellow-crowned Night Heron shot reminded me of a movie I watched last week... ;)
+1 Way to go Rev!  Your description reminded me of this movie too!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #597 on: December 20, 2012, 08:14:36 PM »
Hi guys,

Took this picture of a crow a few months ago. Would love some feed back!


Nakano Crow by meronpanichiban, on Flickr

I agree with Rev on this one Meadow... Unless you can bring out some more of the details under his breast level in post, color may have been better.  More contrast between the background and the subject may have helped him pop a little, but the background seems a little too much and not enough to me to be able to get a good B&W on this one...

Great attempt!  His/her pose was really kind of cool.  I like birds with expressions!  Cheers!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #598 on: December 20, 2012, 08:15:19 PM »
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« Reply #599 on: December 20, 2012, 08:17:53 PM »
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Cool image... He seems to be very intense... Too bad so dark out at that time or heavy shade, sunlight would have lit up his coloring really nice.  I do like his interesting pose!  Nice image Renegade!
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