John Hackett  

Jackdaw by John Hackett

June 2020 - Jackdaw

About the Image(s)

I could not resist getting a snap of this quite fearless bird that landed on a post close to me. Nikon Coolpix A900, 80.3mm focal length, f6.3, 1/40s, ISO 200

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5 comments posted

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
Love the bird in all of its splendor. Detail is excellent, though on my laptop the darker plumage has a need for a bit more detail and the top of the head a little less brightness. All in all, though, a lot of personality here.   Posted: 06/07/2020 07:39:11

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Handled the background well as it is not only blurred out but the color green adds to the impact of the bird. I see where where Dick thought the darker plumage could use a boost from shadows. May I add a little darkening of the light streak on the lower left as my eye is drawn to it.   Posted: 06/09/2020 13:39:48

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Interesting bird - not one we have in the states. I second Dick and Joe's comments about lightening the very darkest areas and darkening the light streak lower left. I'd also darken the bright area on the top of the head - on my screen it is nearly blown out. Soft lighting really helps, especially with dark colors.   Posted: 06/09/2020 18:21:10

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Good depth of field here and like the eye and beak very much. Would agree about the slight adjustments to the top of the head and the darker plumage.   Posted: 06/10/2020 03:15:18

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Very nice bird portrait with a sharp eye. Maybe not composing with the bird centered would help the overall impact. I agree with the others that the front plumage needs to be more visible with some lightening of the shadows.   Posted: 06/13/2020 09:05:03