Joey Johnson  


Crane Song by Joey Johnson

January 2020 - Crane Song

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Another shot from my visit to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico. The sun was just coming up and the cranes were prepping to head out for the day. Part of the process is a lot of communication. I saw this group singing in unison and was able to capture them at a decent angle. Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 lens, ISO 1000, on a tripod. A little post processing in Lightroom.


7 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
I'd be interested in what you did in Lightroom. It's a nice capture of unusual birds. It might be a little more dramatic if the darks were a bit blacker.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:05:32
Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
I did a little dehazing, noise reduction and sharpening. I removed some duck butts from the background. Will give your suggestion a try.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:22:48
Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
I worked on your image some and darkened the background water, lightened the red (brush +color dodge) on the heads of the birds. What you did was good but I'd use levels to darken the blacks to allow the birds to stand out a bit more.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:58:39

Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
I love the birds but the background water is too light. Congrats on finding a group of cranes to sing.   Posted: 01/09/2020 09:15:34

Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
I love the birds but the background water is too light. Congrats on finding a group of cranes to sing.   Posted: 01/09/2020 09:15:34

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
The image made me chuckle....who are they talking to? The birds are fine. I would increase the Red saturation (easy to do in this case since only the heads are red). The water is too bright, as the others mention..maybe you could vignette the image but back off on it for the bottom half. Here's my quick take..just two things were done. Set the black point and increase reds on the birds heads.You may not agree.   Posted: 01/13/2020 07:56:46
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David Robb   David Robb
Good shot Joey. You caught the moment. In focus!
I increased the colors and saturation along with vignette which also has a slider, softness, which luckily took a bit of the glare away.   Posted: 01/14/2020 20:07:06
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