Marcela Stegemueller  

Bluebird on the Screen Window by Marcela Stegemueller

April 2021 - Bluebird on the Screen Window

About the Image(s)

This is the first year we put a bluebird house close to our house. The bluebird decided to occupy it and since then the male bluebird has been pecking at his reflection on our windows. We put up screens to discourage him, but it doesn't dissuade him from peering in.

My settings were 1/2000 shutter speed, f/2.8 and ISO 1250. I took the picture with my 90mm lens. I thought about cropping the trees in the background. What do you think?

6 comments posted

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Marcela,
Please disregard my previous comment if you read it. I came back and looked at your image again. I think if you cropped out the trees on the right side of the image and keep what appears to be a branch next to the bird, it would help to keep my eye more focused on the subject. You managed to capture good detail and sharpness through the screen quite well. The background colors complement the colors of the bluebird. I like it.   Posted: 04/04/2021 19:47:14

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
This picture really grabs attention. It seems like a suspended bird that is not flying. There is a story here that you want to understand, so you stay focused on it. I think I would consider a crop from the right. Your choice of f/2.8 did a great job on the background. You might want to try to not let the area on the bop go to white, but it is hard to recover anything without turning it grey and that would not be good. Sometimes if you burn it darker and work on the "shadows" instead of the mid-tones, there is more color to work with and it works better. One of those sometimes tricks.   Posted: 04/06/2021 14:10:32

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Marcela, I really like this photo-I feel as if the bird is `longing' to get in!. I agree with Stan & Barbara's comments. But kudos goes to you for seeing an opportunity that doesn't `fly into you' everyday & getting the shot!   Posted: 04/08/2021 15:01:15

John Hackett   John Hackett
The way the bird first appears as you look at this picture makes you want to study it closer and know the story.I like the composition and the background colour suits the bird. This is a case of you being the one in the cage being looked at.   Posted: 04/17/2021 04:40:27

Carroll Reynolds   Carroll Reynolds
Good work on the bird image. I think the overall image is well balanced with the trees in place and the focus on the bird really bring my attention.   Posted: 04/18/2021 08:59:49

Harriet Ciccone
Not your typical bird image, but captivating. I would agree with a crop from the right and leave the branch nearest to the main subject. I like that he is peering in at you and you have a catch light in his eye.   Posted: 04/18/2021 14:48:30


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