Barbara Asacker  

Eating berries by Barbara Asacker

January 2021 - Eating berries

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Nikon D850; 16-80mm lens;

Settings: 80mm; f/8; ISO 400; Shutter 1/400 second

I caught this beautiful bird eating the berries on my apple blossom tree which is full of berries. I didn’t have my long telephoto attached so I shot it with an 80mm and then cropped it heavily.

I processed image in Adobe Camera Raw, cropped, sharpened, and applied a vignette.

7 comments posted

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
It is difficult to have a good shot of birds when you need to crop in a lot. This seems to show with the eye not as sharp as we might like. The big plus of this image is the environment the bird is in. He is probably enjoying chomping on those berries and having a great meal. The berries make the shot a good nature story and unique, I even like his head in a group of berries, rather than the traditional standing out. I am not a fan of vignettes and like them to be barely noticeable if they are used.   Posted: 01/08/2021 17:18:46
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you Stan. I will be more careful when applying vignettes.   Posted: 01/16/2021 15:58:25

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Barbara, I think you did a wonderful job in a difficult situation especially with an 80mm lens...You didn't mention if this was in FX or DX...shooting in DX might be something to think about to attain a digital extension of 80mm to 120mm. Also, Topaz Gigapixel might be helpful in alleviating some of the lack of sharpness in the bird's feathers.   Posted: 01/12/2021 14:52:27
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Norm
I used a full frame camera. I don't have Topaz, but I'll see what I could use in the Nik collection to sharpen it a bit.
Thank you.   Posted: 01/16/2021 16:03:16

John Hackett   John Hackett
I suspect that with an 80mm focal length a lot of cropping was needed. I like the pose of the bird in amongst the berries. Vignettes have a place and I often use them on mono images, a hang over from my darkroom days, but they are better if they are subtle.   Posted: 01/15/2021 10:04:10

Harriet Ciccone
I like that you captured the bird in full eating mode and that is the story. Yes, it would improve the image if the bird were sharper, but when we are dealing with creatures that is not always possible. The vignette is a little strong, but again that is personal taste.   Posted: 01/16/2021 11:10:00

Carroll Reynolds   Carroll Reynolds
nice bird image. Vignette seems stronger than needed but bird is well posed. If you look at the branches it seems to be in focus but you may have caught a blinking eye to cause the very slight impact. Still a wildlife image is mostly about the story and it is a nice story.   Posted: 01/17/2021 15:01:51


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