Janet DiMattia  

Yellow-rumped Warbler by Janet DiMattia

November 2020 - Yellow-rumped Warbler

About the Image(s)

This was taken a season ago in my yard through a glass door. I set up a few sticks etc. around in the snow for the winter birds to land on and make any seed I may sprinkle around invisible to the camera's eye. I try to wait for a bright overcast sky to eliminate any unwanted shadows. Used my D500 and a 300 mm lens - S1/2000, A 5.6, ISO 50. Did minimal cropping and post processing but did reduced the bluish tone of the snow. Debated about removing the leaf but decided to keep it.

4 comments posted

Dick States   Dick States
Janet, what a great image with great information on how you did this. Great composition and background with just the right space around the bird. Good you had a bright overcast sky, this makes great lighting. When you have bright open sunlight there's too much contrast, I see so many flower pictures where people shoot in full sunlight, they are not good because of too much contrast with colors are blown out. The lighting is beautiful in this image. The only thing that bothers me is the item in the birds mouth. I removed the snow? in its mouth, brightened the brown behind its head a little. I then added some vignette, added some structure using NIK software to bring out more texture and added a border. This is a great image, I could see this hanging on a
wall.   Posted: 11/01/2020 20:35:51
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Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Janet,
Wow! I think this is a wonderful image and I enjoyed reading about how you were able to capture it. The diagonal composition makes it dynamic for me and the crisp focus on the details of the warbler's head and feather textures is lovely.

Is that really a bit of snow held in the bird's beak? As Dave, I also suspected that but thought it added to the impact of the image. I think you've captured what may be considered survival behavior. I remember learning that in winter, when water is scarce, birds must sacrifice precious body heat to extract water from snow.

To my eye, Dick's artistic suggestions further enhance this great shot. Thank you for sharing this one!   Posted: 11/05/2020 09:10:42

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Love this image. I really appreciate the fact that you were showing the behavior of the bird eating snow and it is not just a portrait (there's nothing wrong with animal portraits, but this is unique). I'm going to borrow your idea of placing sticks in the snow this winter! The details in the feathers is beautiful.   Posted: 11/07/2020 16:47:38

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
How pretty! Could be on a Christmas card! I like what Dick did around the edges, but I would go half-way in between the two photos on the lighting on the snow. Also, I thought the snow in the bird's mouth was really interesting, and your explanation of what was happening made it even more so.   Posted: 11/10/2020 18:00:42


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