Richard Siersma  

What is this stuff? by Richard Siersma

April 2021 - What is this stuff?

About the Image(s)

This was taken during the recent Texas winter storm.
I was using my Nikon D500 with a Tamron 18-400 set at 400mm 1/640@ f/11, ISO 6400. The image was cropped only slightly and adjusted using LR's "Auto" adjustment.

7 comments posted

David Price   David Price
You have done well with this bird. I love the area around the eye and beak. After looking at the image for a while I become distracted by the grass and the white out of focus snow at the bottom. Therefore the minimum I would do is reduce the yellow saturation whilst masking the bird. I would also crop the out of focus snow at the bottom. If you want to go further you could clone out the grass on the birds back. Possibly?? also clone out the snow on the bird. Obviously you cannot then enter it into a nature competition.   Posted: 04/03/2021 05:29:20
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Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks, David, for the good advice. I will work on this image some more. Getting rid of the grass on his tail feathers will be a challenge. I will work cloning out the small blades of grass around the birds head too.   Posted: 04/11/2021 16:06:15

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I think David's edits enhance an already strong photo. Getting rid of the snowflakes "on" the bird makes a big difference, as do the other changes. One really has the sense that the bird is quite unhappy about this unexpected turn of events!   Posted: 04/04/2021 21:07:28

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
David's comments on this image strike the right note; the changes he made in his presentation undoubtedly bring the bird into perfect focus. I could add no more to his editing.   Posted: 04/07/2021 08:14:21

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Ah yes, our Snowmageddon. David's edit works, but I would not remove any snow from the bird. It adds to the uniqueness of the scene, at least here in central Texas. Like David says, there is a faint yellow cast to the image. I would likey have removed it from the whole image, but Dave did it the right way. I like the fact that you left a little room to the right and placed the eye near a rule of thirds crosspoint.   Posted: 04/07/2021 09:31:28

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
As others have said, David's modifications make this an even more wonderful image. If you decide to continue editing this photograph, you might see if it would be beneficial to remove the blade of grass that is at the left edge of the image. Since it is so close to the edge, I feel it is a bit distracting.
  Posted: 04/13/2021 10:28:36

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
David, this is a great shot; I am envious; Living in Florida, we don't see such beautiful snow. The bird is in such nice focus and the color is fantastic. I'm not sure it is necessary to remove any twigs. the picture looks fine the way it is.   Posted: 04/13/2021 17:21:56


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