John Hackett  


Pheasant by John Hackett

February 2021 - Pheasant

About the Image(s)

This pheasant and his female companion were visitors to the garden of a cottage we were staying in for a holiday. They would come up to the patio door looking in at us. We relented eventually and put out a small amount of bird food. the end result was one or two photographs. This one was taken on my Nikon Coolpix.


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7 comments posted




Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi John,
I really like the color in this image as well as the stance of the bird--looks like its got `attitude'! It might be fun in the future to see if you could focus in on the bird's head & perhaps use a large aperture to `blow out' the background...sort of an environmental portrait.
norm   Posted: 02/07/2021 11:06:49



Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi John,
Lovely image. It's very pleasing to my eye. This pheasant has such a colorful head. I agree with Norm. If you focus on the bird's head against a blurred background it would draw more attention to the beautiful pheasant. I learned that it is also important to focus on the bird's eye and try to capture it as sharply as you can.   Posted: 02/09/2021 16:04:27



Carroll Reynolds   Carroll Reynolds
really nice color and tack sharp focus on the pheasant. A vignette might help avoid some background although my eye was immediately drawn to the bird and remained there as the only interesting part of the image.   Posted: 02/14/2021 05:44:38



Harriet Ciccone
A nice capture of a vanishing bird at least in my part of the world. I agree with Norm and Barbara and would try a higher f-stop to blur the background which might soften the hot spots (probably sun glare) on the rocks behind the subject. On my monitor it looks like you could coax more detail in his feathers which would be attractive and I would try to soften the white around his neck.

  Posted: 02/16/2021 06:26:40



Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I liked your capture of this beautiful bird. I am not familiar with the Nikon Coolpix. Can you choose the aperture or is it more like a point and shoot? Just wondering. My only suggestions would be to decrease the highlights and perhaps blur the background a little in post processing.   Posted: 02/16/2021 19:27:15
John Hackett   John Hackett
Hi Marcella, my Coolpix does have controls, one of the reasons I chose it. They are basic and limited in range added to which the small sensor size gives greater depth of field.   Posted: 02/19/2021 10:00:53



Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
The bird is so dominant in this image, that I would not worry about the busy environment around him. After all, this is how he lives and it is part of the story. I am surprised the Coolpix with a relatively small sensor and good depth of field resulted in the bird looking soft. Perhaps this image would benefit from just some sharpening or in Lightroom or some other software, some increase in "clarity".   Posted: 02/19/2021 18:44:13