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Egret and Reeds by Walter Naumann

January 2020 - Egret and Reeds

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Egret and Reeds
Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA, USA, 2019 10/01 07:59
Camera Canon EOS 5DS R, Lens Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, 1/2000 sec. f/, fl 400mm ISO 800
Lightroom Develop cropping and sliders.

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10 comments posted

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Nice image of bird in flight. I think you got a nice shape of the bird. To me it appears that some more correction on levels and saturation is required. There is a foggy appearance on the background. I tried some adjustments in level, saturation and hue. The resulting image is given below   Posted: 01/08/2020 10:20:55
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Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Good capture of a bird in flight. I wish you had posted the original. I would prefer more cropping above the bird, to get rid of the blurrier parts and to make the bird more of a center of attention.   Posted: 01/09/2020 16:12:30

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
original   Posted: 01/09/2020 20:18:15
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Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Walter, looking at your original, this image has come a long way. With that said, the amount of shadows and the lost of pixel information in the bright whites makes this image very difficult to improve on. In spite of its challenges, you did capture the grace of this egret in flight.   Posted: 01/12/2020 19:48:52

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
Somehow you were able to capture the bird without the distraction of twigs through out his body. Thanks for showing the original. The corrections you made was a good start but I agree with Mohanan ... the changes he made improved your greatly.   Posted: 01/16/2020 16:55:28

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Often it is advantageous to de-emphasize the background through depth of field, de-saturation, or haze.   Posted: 01/22/2020 12:56:46
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Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
I agree. If the reeds are too sharp or too green, then the image becomes more about them than the bird. Still, you might consider dehazing just the bird just a bit, similar to what Mohanan proposed.

What's your workflow for defocusing the background? I'm looking for tips.   Posted: 01/24/2020 12:44:09

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
I like the capture and the crop. The white of the bird against the green reeds is very pleasing.   Posted: 01/24/2020 12:42:01

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
In Lightroom, develop, adjustment brush, and reduce exposure, saturation and sharpness. Move to edit in Photoshop to use blur tool.   Posted: 01/24/2020 20:35:50

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
I like capturing egrets, but it's really difficult. Their feathers are so white, that the background is dark, but they are still overexposed. That's also the problem on yours photo on neck and wings.

The second problem here is cropping a lot of image. So not enough pixels remain for a good photo.

I like Mohanan's tone and color corrections. I would just crop it more on the top.   Posted: 01/25/2020 15:29:16