Piers Blackett  

African Mousebird by Piers Blackett

October 2019 - African Mousebird

October 2019 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

I was hiking in a South African park with habitat called Fynbos known for indigenous flowers and plants. The bird, a White-backed Mousebird, was shot at 1/500, f 8.0, ISO 800 at 250mm. It was edited in Lightroom to add contrast etc and denoised. Cropping presented a problem because of the long tail and distracting branches, so I elected to opt out of the Nature section rules and go for pictorial by cloning out the branches in Photoshop and placing the body in a central position.

4 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Piers, the cropping certainly was a challenge, and I believe you did well on trimming the tree. I like how its straddled between two branches, and he's lucky you did not decide to trim one of those--or his tail! Your bokeh, I feel, is beautiful, soft colors that blend well with the bird with just enough contrast. Amazing that you could get the catch light at the distance. Nice!   Posted: 10/06/2019 17:24:53

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Piers: given the choice of branches the bird could have settled on, it probably made the right choice for the shot. Nicely cropped, great bokeh. I might just frame the image with a thin border of a complementary color.   Posted: 10/07/2019 18:16:42

Cheryl Pauley   Cheryl Pauley
Piers, This is a beautiful bird that struck a nice pose for you. It's crest and tail are very interesting. There must be some advantage for those extra long tail feathers.

Bird photography is my main emphasis too. I also struggle with branches that get in the way, and it's always great to eliminate them if possible. The 2 branches that the bird is standing on look a bit soft on the ends so that's one thing I would change. But this bird was quite a catch!   Posted: 10/07/2019 22:57:08

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
As for me I think the branches distract the subject.May I suggest to crop ...I fix like this.Thanks.   Posted: 10/16/2019 22:37:12
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