Randolph Shine  

Bird on a Bush by Randolph Shine

September 2020 - Bird on a Bush

September 2020 - Randolph Shine


About the Image(s)

We belonged to a nature book club that, after reading a nature book, went to various local parks and sanctuaries to look for the plants and wildlife we read about.
This is from Green Cay, located in Boca Raton. We counted over 22 different birds that day.

Camera settings: 1/400, F7.1, ISO 800, 246mm on a Tamron 17-270mm lens, Canon 70D.

I added some vignette on the corners, increased clarity on the bird, and reduced background highlights and cropped for clarity.

4 comments posted

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Randy,

What an awesome photo of this Red-winged black bird! I like your background; what did you do to get the swirling effect? Your adjustment to cut down the highlights on the background has worked perfectly. I think your vignette is also done well; I can feel it but it is not noticeable very nicely done. I also like the crop in which you removed that leaf that stood out.

The only think this image needs, in my opinion, is a mat and frame! Because our dialog window is white, I chose a black mat so your image stands out. Hope you like it!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 09/01/2020 18:10:36
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Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I do like the frame. I will check if I have that ability in LR6 or one of my apps.
Thanks   Posted: 09/03/2020 12:23:05
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
I am glad you like the frame, Randy, it gives the image a nice finished look. Not every photo needs one, nor does every photographer like them and that is ok. I first started looking at using them when I heard a print judge tell a club that in his opinion he thought an image was not finished until it was framed; a very subjective opinion but I found it interesting.

I checked my Lightroom version to see if I could help point you into a module. Look to see if your version has a Print module. Inside Print, there is a group of adjustments called Image Settings. Within Image settings, look for Stroke Border. This adjustment will allow you to put a .2 pt border which is tiny to a 200 pt border which is thick like the old black and white images used.

There is also a box with a color (mine shows white) by clicking the color box in Image Settings you can change the color of the border.

Let me know if you have it.

I wish you well.

LuAnn   Posted: 09/03/2020 12:40:50

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
I agree with LuAnn. This is a lovely photograph of this bird. You captured the glint in the eye and the red dash on the wing draws one in. I have the same question...how did you do the swirling effect in the background?   Posted: 09/03/2020 19:37:06


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