Walter Naumann  

Black Skimmer by Walter Naumann

October 2019 - Black Skimmer

October 2019 - Walter Naumann


About the Image(s)

East beach, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. An amazing capability. Could be sharper. Camera Canon EOS 5DS R, Lens Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, 1/750 sec. f/8, fl 400mm ISO 400

Lightroom Develop cropping and sliders. Lightroom Detail noise reduction. Photoshop, high pass filter sharpening,

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

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Good capture. You were in the right place at the right time. Edits are good, except I'd prefer to not have all that empty space on the left. You could center it a bit more and still leave space on the left for the bird to fly into.   Posted: 10/12/2019 13:18:19

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
Great stop action and you got the reflection too. I like your composition which allows us feel the action of that moment. Great job in the amount detail you were able to bring out in the bird's wings and the reflection. I am really impressed with being able to see both the top and underside of the bird. We usually don't get to see a bird from this perspective.   Posted: 10/16/2019 20:16:00

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Great action shot. I liked the composition. The image is sharp (even the water drop on the tip of the upper beak is visible) with good lighting. The reflection looks very nice. What about adding a catch light on the eyes?   Posted: 10/19/2019 03:58:17

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Adding an eye catch light would be good, but would disqualify for our nature category. Thanks for the suggestion.

  Posted: 10/19/2019 15:44:57

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
When I look at this image, I get a sense of motion, speed, and intense concentration. To my eye, the line on the water is interesting in the way it demarcates the bird from its reflection. The post processing brought out detail in the head, wings, and reflection that I would not otherwise have appreciated. Good choice on the crop and straightening the horizon. Nicely done!   Posted: 10/19/2019 23:56:48

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Congratulations Walter to get so sharp bird in flight. And the right moment with beak in the water. You have made a very good panning. Without that at 1/750s the bird would not be so sharp.

I would crop the image a little bit wider to get exactly the same distance of the edge from the upper wing and the reflection of down wing. You can leave a little bit more space on the right. And think about flipping the image.

For open (not nature) exhibitions, you can remove some white spots on the sand and the edge of the water.   Posted: 10/20/2019 12:39:02

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Thanks for the suggestions. I must confess that this bird flys continuously with the lower beak in the water making the shot easier than is seems. Amazing bird. Average photographer.   Posted: 10/20/2019 14:27:54