Jim Kuchler  

Slate Colored Junco by Jim Kuchler

March 2020 - Slate Colored Junco

About the Image(s)

I recently picked up a used 60mm macro lens. This shot is just practice through a window. I noticed a number of slate colored juncos feeding on the seeds of small wild flowers outside my studio window. I found that the birds would not fly off if I sat patiently in a chair next to the window and moved slowly. So 60mm prime macro lens, f3, ISO 800, 1/500th sec, hand held shutter priority continuous high. Processed in Lightroom and OnOne. I don't shoot much with macro lenses. I plan to use this one on walks in the woods shooting the intricacies of the state forest near my home.

7 comments posted

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Jim,

You did well hand-holding through a window. You found a beautiful bird on a tree branch, nicely posed, and you have background bokeh, which is all good. Bravo to you for experimenting with a macro lens.

Here are some thoughts of mine to enhance your image. May I suggest in the future to consider playing with your aperture by trying f/5.6-f/6.0. The f/3 aperture is a very narrow DOF. I would like to see more of the bird's feathers in focus.

The other thing I can suggest playing around with is to remove that dark branch that runs at the end of the bird's tail. The dark tail and dark branch are creating a figure-ground relationship where the eye gets confused about where the bird's tail ends, and the tree branch begins.

These are very minor suggestions I hope you find them helpful.

Best regards,
LuAnn Thatcher
Group 62
  Posted: 03/14/2020 16:38:03

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I'm impressed that you took such a nice shot through a window. You've captured the subtle colors and textures of the feathers. I agree that the branch across the bird's tail is distracting. I find the blurriness of the bottom left branches pulls my attention away from the bird.   Posted: 03/18/2020 10:05:04
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Best wishes in your new job, Jim! We will miss your insightful comments.   Posted: 03/23/2020 20:10:44

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Great photo! Hand-held, very nice. Great use of the macro lens. We are going to miss you here! Good luck with the job, come back soon!   Posted: 03/18/2020 10:34:20

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I would like a little more brightness...to pop the bird out more. As usual a great photo and well done.   Posted: 03/18/2020 11:40:51

Mary Sue Rosenthal   Mary Sue Rosenthal
Nicely done. Love the sharpness you were able to get through the window. Your composition is perfect. We will definitely miss you here. Congrats on your new job!   Posted: 03/26/2020 12:42:38

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Well done with your macro lens and your capture through the window! The bird is sharp, and the background is clean. The diagonal line of the branch adds more dynamic to the image. I'd prefer to crop tighter from the bottom of the image to eliminate the blurry bush area.

Jim! As you'll be leaving this group, I wish you lots of success and happiness in your new job! Thanks for all of your help during the past few years.   Posted: 03/28/2020 00:32:47


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