Jerry Biddlecom  

Bonding by Jerry Biddlecom

March 2023 - Bonding

March 2023 - Jerry Biddlecom


About the Image(s)

On my most recent visit to Zoo Miami I came across this parent-child scene. Less than ideal lighting conditions; I used a combination of my Nikon D500 and a Nikon 200-500 mm lens, hand held. I was probably up to the max with the lens, meaning that with my crop sensor camera I was pretty close to 750 mm. Also, I was up around 1/200 shutter speed. In Photoshop CS5 I cropped the image, then went into On1 effects 8 and worked with dynamic contrast, being careful not to overdo it. Then back into PS and saturated it using mostly the hue slider.

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5 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
You captured a nice composition -- the baby snuggled in its mother's arms and then cradled in the arms of the tree. Your original looked very soft. You did a great job of sharpening the image. Overall, your processing greatly improved your original shot   Posted: 03/07/2023 09:47:03

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Very nice Jerry. Good capture, good processing. I would back off a bit on the eyes of the mother, particularly her left eye. And to some extent, the baby's eye may be a tiny bit overdone too. Eyes are difficult to adjust with just the profile view. But it's a very sweet picture, and I like your title.   Posted: 03/07/2023 14:06:22

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Excellent human connotation and story telling image. The two are looking towards the same direction and in spite of the fact that the left hand of the parent and the right foot of the baby, are cut off, it is an excellent capture and you did do a good job of processing. Also you did good not cleaning the hay particles on the baby, it is part of their makeup.   Posted: 03/08/2023 18:16:49

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Great capture. It does really tell a story of bonding. Maybe back off a little on the eyes but not a lot. I liked the catch-light in the eyes but it is, perhaps, too much.   Posted: 03/09/2023 13:07:42

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
A very intimate scene! Your final edits definitely work. I agree with the others about the eyes. I suggest adding a vignette to darken the corners and further direct the eye to your subjects.   Posted: 03/20/2023 09:17:24