Barbara Dunn  

 Bosque del Apache by Barbara Dunn

August 2019 - Bosque del Apache

About the Image(s)

This photo of Sandhill Cranes in flight was taken in January at Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge in Socorro, New Mexico.
Canon 7D Mark II; 600mm with Tamron lens; 1/3000 sec.; f/6.3; ISO 3200
Steps taken for image:
1.Exposure adjusted, using levels in Photoshop.
2. Cropped image.
3. Sharpened.
4. Added lettering with a text layer.
5. Resized for PSA website

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Group 67)
Id you are not on the payroll for the park you should be. Just looking at this image makes me want to go to the park.
You have made incredible use of the light in capturing those golden hues. Additionally, you have created a beautiful frame with the curve of the title and the log beneath the birds.

I do feel there is a bit too much noise. However there are numerous options which would allow you to deal with that.   Posted: 08/05/2019 11:51:54
Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Thank you, Larry! If you love bird photography, this is a must-see. There are thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese during the migrations. I designed this for a post card competition for the Chicago Area Camera Clubs, and it did win an award.
As a 4"x6"print, it did not show noise, but I agree that there is a lot of noise on the digital image. I will run it through Topaz DeNoise to get rid of it.
Again, thank you for the comments, they made my day!   Posted: 08/09/2019 16:12:43

Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
Great to capture these birds in flight. Not an easy thing to do and they also co-operated in providing a good composition too. You have captured the light and the colours very well although I did wonder about the black shadow/branch at the bottom which I found distracting?   Posted: 08/10/2019 10:47:42
Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Hi, Steve, Thank you for your comments. The black branch was there when the image was shot; I liked it because the inverse of the curve mimicked the top of one of the birds. So, I used a similar curve for the title.   Posted: 08/10/2019 18:45:30

Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
I love the words make this seem out a travel magazine with the hint of blue allows one to see a powerful capture and well planed and done.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:11:19

Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
My initial impression was that I was looking at a travel poster for wildlife refuge - and I was ready to plan a trip there. As far as composition goes, I think the incorporation of the name of the photo location in a curved fashion that juxtaposes the empty space in the image as well as complements the piece of wood works very well. In my opinion the warm colors of the landscape work well to highlight the beautiful coloring of the birds. Technically I think that the image appears to be noisy probably because the ISO was quite high and I would suggest seeing if you can reduce it without losing too much detail.   Posted: 08/14/2019 10:17:49

Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Barbara,
Great capture, lovely colours, the blurring and the background colours offer no distractions and really enhance the image.
The black branch seems to round up the birds and create a frame with the curve of the title above, I like the ray of light that highlights the grasses texture and colour in the foreground of the image.   Posted: 08/20/2019 07:24:42