Tom Carnahan  

Breeding Season by Tom Carnahan

March 2020 - Breeding Season

About the Image(s)

This picture was taken at one of my favorite locations in the Sarasota area.Breeding season is good for getting some unusual photos if you get on site early in the day. This shot was in Feb. and before 9:00 AM. The shadows and vignetting were added to remove the majority of background distractions and high light the Egret in full breeding plumage.Exposure 1/1600 at f/9.0, Lens at 400 mm, and ISO at 400.

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5 comments posted

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
it is too bright, when you look at the picture you could not see the bird head, the first you see it is a big white spot.Otherwise it is a fun image.   Posted: 03/06/2020 14:54:48

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
It must be nice to see a bird this beautiful in the wild. I agree with Leonid that there is insufficient contrast in the Egret. As you folks are aware of, I like to see more of the background or surroundings in my shots that you do. In my image below I've increased contrast in the Egret, brightened the background, and cropped to make the bird more prominent. I've also tried to sharpen, but there is a limit when you are starting with a small jpg and crop significantly. I think that the grey region along the top of the body and head are a result of some initial editing of the image.   Posted: 03/06/2020 16:46:05
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Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Good capture,Tom. I think that Robert's brightening the background is helpful. Beautiful bird!   Posted: 03/11/2020 19:14:10

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
These are such beautiful birds. I love the position of the bird, his tail feathers, etc. in the bush. I agree it is a little lost in the background so I would prefer a closer crop. Also, I wish there was more detail in the feathers. Still, a very good image.   Posted: 03/11/2020 21:54:02

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
This is an amazing capture. I feel the background is too busy and I would crop it in as well. I am not sure I would brighten anything though. The lighting does make the bird flat, but I am not sure how I would fix that.   Posted: 03/16/2020 09:55:41