Barbara Mallon  


Early Morning Sparrow by Barbara Mallon

November 2020 - Early Morning Sparrow

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I was walking with my husband and 100-400 telephoto lens. There was this golden-crowned sparrow in gorgeous light. I did very little to it except denoise it and correct the exposure a bit. I also blurred the foliage in the power left. I also did it in black and white with a sepia cast. I like it almost as well. One of my friends suggested I get the free trial of Topaz denoise. Wow! I am going to buy it!


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6 comments posted




Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
What a great really sharp image. You were well rewarded to be walking around with a larger lens. The bird and branches are really sharp and the background is nicely blurred. Yes, Topaz denoise is really good and they keep improving it. You have lots of empty space, but I think that it works well in this image. Minor suggestions, if you are not going to use it in Nature, I would bring out the catch light in the eye more, and get rid of the partial branch in the lower left.   Posted: 11/12/2020 09:36:02



Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Nice bird image. I like the composition, the bird standing at low right corner. I agree Tom's comment to get rid of the branch above the head and brighten the eye a bit. I would darken the body and Crop off the top part a bit.   Posted: 11/20/2020 20:09:37
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Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Barbara you have a lovely image here. The detail and sharpness are fine, as your exposure. Your wonderful image is superb as is. I have some subtle suggestions for consideration, though. I would significantly reduce any impact the twig atop the sparrow. Also consider increasing the contrast on the body a tad for more separation and cropping in from the top. Great Image.

Regarding Topaz software I would recommend the Ai version of Sharpen and DeNoise. Unfortunately this company has backed off their promise for free updates forever.   Posted: 11/22/2020 12:54:37



Grace Lee   Grace Lee
it's great nature bird photo. I don't have Topaz software; i use Nik Collection. i found its cover my needs.   Posted: 11/23/2020 15:14:59



Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
What a wonderful image. The sharpness is remarkable. I like that the bird is in the bottom corner. Although, I generally do not like foreign objects around the subjects head, in this case it does not bother me. Maybe it is the natural setting? I tend to think that it is due to the clarity of the bird.
Great image.   Posted: 11/27/2020 10:17:48



Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Nice bird capture should make a nice print. The only thing I might suggest is to crop about a third off the left side   Posted: 11/28/2020 18:49:29