Bill Foy  

Dominique Rooster by Bill Foy

September 2020 - Dominique Rooster

About the Image(s)

This image was made a few years ago at Hopewell Furnace in Elverson, PA. Hopewell Furnace dates back to the late 1700's and, in addition to being an Early American industrial site, it has a small village with horses, cows, chickens and sheep, as well as fruit trees and gardens. It's operated by the National Park Service.
All processing done in Photoshop. Nikon D300s, Tamron 18-270mm lens @ 250mm, f/7.1, 1/320, ISO-200, handheld.

5 comments posted

Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Bill you caught this rooster in full cock a doo!
I can not seem to find any real focused areas it all seems a bit blurry and the white washed back ground was distracting I think it needs sharpening, Contrast and more vivid coloring. Hand held with a 1/320 shutter should have been ok. The photo was taken with the chicken's head too close to the top of the frame, or you over cropped it. I was trying to apply the rule of thirds and it almost works .. maybe you could have taken it elongated and given the big guy room to crow!   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:36:27

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Bill, you certainly caught the moment of action for this guy. I don't have a problem with the white background but I do agree that the rooster is not as sharp as it could of been. I owned a 300s for a little over 40000 clicks and was always happy with it. It was stolen (from my locked vehicle in 2015) and I used the insurance money to move up to full frame. I always walked around with the camera in iso 400 just in case something not planned happens. I think that is what happened to you, you saw the action and were quick to capture it, but the movement of the camera, auto focus lag and movement of the rooster left you with a image that is not perfect. Great job of seeing the image.   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:22:07

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Bill, Hopewell Furnace brings back memories from years ago; I was visiting my parents or maybe just my mother in Wilmington. I don't even remember if I was married so it was a long time ago! I remember photographing a young boy with permission and his name was Victor. I have been going through old slides and found his picture. I used several NIK filters to add contrast, lighten the head and add detail. We'll have to go back sometime.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:29:41

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
I think that this photo can be better with some contrast and saturation changes.   Posted: 09/18/2020 17:11:29
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Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Roosters here in French Polynesia are our alarm clocks:-). The white wall it a bit overpowering for me, the bird seems a tad soft too. It seems Karen was able to make it sharper but it might be slightly out of focus?   Posted: 09/19/2020 13:23:29


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