Walter Naumann  

Osprey by Walter Naumann

February 2021 - Osprey

February 2021 - Walter Naumann


About the Image(s)

Taken 2021 01/22 11:20 hours, Goleta Slough, Goleta,, CA, USA. I waited 45 minutes for it to take off and then got only half of it because I was not quick enough. This photo was when the bird was just stretching, but it looks like it might be attacking.

Canon EOS 5DS R Camera with Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6 SL IS USM lens. 400mm, 1/1500 sec, f/8, ISO 800. Hand held. Photoshop Clone Stamp. NIK Define 2, Lightroom noise reduction and vibrance.

6 comments posted

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Hi Walter: I love Osprey. They are fun to shoot. The head, eye, beak, legs, and talons all came out beautifully sharp. Nice job removing the power line from his talons too!   Posted: 02/06/2021 16:28:43

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Walter, what a GREAT image! The texture of the feathers, sharpness of the eyes, unique stance make this image outstanding. I think your treatment of the background really allows the bird to pop.   Posted: 02/07/2021 12:10:21

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Great image. The image is sharp and your post processing is excellent. Nice removal of wires. The eyes are very clear. Now it looks like the bird is diving. Good work.   Posted: 02/20/2021 00:20:48

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Great bird action shot. Face and talons are very sharp, and "pose" is great. I find the wings not quite sharp enough, but any sharpening program that lets you choose what to sharpen would take care of that.   Posted: 02/20/2021 11:30:26
Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Thanks for suggestions from all of you. I like wings to be less than sharp as it conveys action.   Posted: 02/24/2021 17:17:35

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Very funny! When I look just at the processed photo, I've thought, that it was diving. But the pose seemed a little bit strange and claws closed. Looking at the original it was clear to me.

I agree with Joan, that feathers are not very sharp. Processing with Lightroom noise reduction and Dfine 2 has left some follows.

With such large crop also noise at ISO 800 can be problem, which is not so easy to remove. With image stabilizer at 400mm the image should be sharp also at 1/800. You also don't need such large DOF, so shutter could also be wider (F5,6 or F6,3). For both cases you could decrease ISO with no need for double removing of noise.
  Posted: 02/24/2021 14:52:17


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