Glenn Rudd  

Long Tailed Silky Flycatcher by Glenn Rudd

September 2020 - Long Tailed Silky Flycatcher

About the Image(s)

In April 2019 I attended a photography workshop in Costa Rica. At one of our venues in the highlands, we found several of these Long-tailed Silky Flycatchers in the trees near the patio. I love the colors and feather patterns of this bird, and being able to view the entire tail in one shot was a bonus.

Technical: 1/640 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1250, 600 mm

6 comments posted

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Glenn, please reread my previous reviews of your bird photography! I see nothing here that would alter my previous reactions to your amazing bird work! It's all here!!

You must be well out of wall hanging space by now!   Posted: 09/08/2020 13:08:01

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Very pretty bird - nicely executed photo. The only thing I would consider doing is toning down the highlights on the bit of branch extending up over the birds tail on the right - it keeps taking my eye away from the bird.   Posted: 09/08/2020 18:56:36

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
It's lovely and the detail is admirable. The centering is a bit of a compositional concern, and the intrusiveness. I would clone out the upturned spear on the left and give the bird a way out without intrusion.And it would have been so nice if the tailfeathers hung down in the body line of the owner, but one does what one can with what one is given. And the bird is superb and nice handling of the background.   Posted: 09/08/2020 20:24:30

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
As for your other shots of birds, this is beautiful and very well captured and presented. One of the things I often find when looking at shots like this is the position of the head of the subject. In this case it is on the left as that's how the bird was. But for me when I look at the shot, I look directly into the blank space on the right and almost bypass the bird's head! That's how I see it first and so for me it would better if the image was flipped and the bird's head on the right. You would, of course still have the negative space but now on the left. Maybe it all depends on whether the viewer is right or left eyed dominant and so the image will never please everyone! And of course, you can't crop this because you'd be chopping of that wonderful tail.   Posted: 09/11/2020 03:33:22

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Really sharp and focused on the bird. I like seeing the details of it's feathers and hair.   Posted: 09/12/2020 10:52:57

John Hackett   John Hackett
Another of your outstanding bird images. As always it is technically spot on. I like the way you have composed this one to include the long tail, it does put the body of the bird to one edge, but this is countered by the way the bird looks towards us slightly.   Posted: 09/14/2020 07:25:05


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