Walter Naumann  

Turkey Vulture by Walter Naumann

March 2019 - Turkey Vulture

March 2019 - Walter Naumann


About the Image(s)

Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R, Lens: Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. 1/2000 sec, 400mm, ISO 800, f.8.0. Hand held. No image stabilization.

Location and date: Carpinteria, CA, USA. Bluff at Seal Sanctuary. The bluff allows photographing from slightly above the bird with the ocean background, a perspective I like.

Post processing. Lightroom, Develop crop, Basic sliders, Detail noise reduction

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7 comments posted

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Walter, you were able to get an amazing amount of detail in the feathers of the bird. I think your placement of the bird is spot on. The only improvement that my add to this already good image would be a little more clarity in the eye. Thanks for sharing!   Posted: 03/13/2019 10:18:42

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
What a beautiful shot of an ugly bird. It's hard to imagine you started with such poor exposure as shown in the original. Fantastic post processing of the bird, however, I think the water in the original is better. You caught the wings of the bird in flight in a great position.   Posted: 03/15/2019 18:24:41

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Nice shot of the bird in flight. I liked the composition. Your post processing is excellent and details of the bird have come out adequately. A little level adjustment may further improve the image.   Posted: 03/17/2019 10:20:39
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Joan Funk   Joan Funk
You did an amazing job of getting such a beautiful bird from the dark image. The colors are wonderful. The noise is fairly low and the sharpness is fairly high.

I like your crop, giving the bird room to fly forward without leaving too much negative space. I would crop out the darker waves in the lower part of the image, since it's no longer clear that they are waves and are distracting.   Posted: 03/20/2019 07:01:59

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
It's always hard to get sharp photos of birds flying. This is not an exception. I think the camera had some focussing troubles, seen at the original. Further noise processing may add some more unsharpness.

Yes, you succeed to restore grey tones. But I would prefer longer shutter to get more tones at original. 1/1000 would be quite enough. And I don't understand why to switch optical stabiliser off. I never do that at handheld capturing.   Posted: 03/23/2019 16:57:12

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Thanks for your comments. I downloaded the image to make sure it was not degraded from what I submitted. I expanded it and see it to be one pixel sharp, as good as possible.

A greater exposure would have been better, I agree. I normally turn the compensation knob to increase exposure for dark birds, but didn't have the time for this shot.

My lens has a #2 image stabilization mode that works only in vertical for use with panning horizontally because panning interferes with IS. When I can be panning in both directions I turn off IS. Your camera may differ.   Posted: 03/23/2019 17:37:55
Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
If the size of the images sent by the members are within the limits permitted by the website, it is posted as such, after renaming it. Renaming is done to keep track of images. So there is no degradation from what member submits.   Posted: 03/23/2019 21:55:52