Marcela Stegemueller  

Untitled by Marcela Stegemueller

October 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I took this picture on July 29 through my bedroom window. I have heard that a bird that is just standing there is not a good picture; however, I felt this young bird was talking to me.

I took it at 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 100. I was anticipating the bird fluttering its wings, but it just stood there. Anyway, this is my October picture. I cropped the bubbling water because it was blown out. Did the basic adjustments plus removed the noise with Topaz DeNoise.

5 comments posted

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
And looking at the picture, I can see that I failed to straighten it!!!   Posted: 10/08/2020 13:11:11

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Marcela,
A lovely image...I can see why you felt like the bird was speaking with you! I like the fact that the wide aperture faded out the background drawing the viewer towards the bird. Did you also consider further cropping so there is less of the water pool showing?...I find the reflections tend to draw me away from the bird.   Posted: 10/11/2020 10:49:38

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
The f/5.6 did wonders for the background. I really like the soft background that has only the details of color, no structure. I am not a fan of out of focus foregrounds and I know some photographers love them, but I would crop the bottom just up to the reflection of the bird itself. Removes most of the out of focus rim of the pool. You have the bird 1/3 in from the left and the body is positioned to look to the right, but the head is positioned to look to the left. This just might encourage you to go ahead and crop the right a bit. It is fine however where it is. Details in the bird look good. This may stand up well with a bit tighter crops which help to provide more focus on the bird.   Posted: 10/11/2020 15:32:07

Carroll Reynolds   Carroll Reynolds
Lovely bird image Marcela. You caught what I've done too many times straightening the image will keep the water from spilling out :>).   Posted: 10/17/2020 08:40:41

John Hackett   John Hackett
What a great little portrait. I would agree about the levelling and maybe a crop from the right. But the subject is sharp and in an interesting pose. The background is well controlled. Birds do not need to be exotic to create good pictures.   Posted: 10/18/2020 07:28:33


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