Jon Joyce  

Afternoon Siesta by Jon Joyce

August 2020 - Afternoon Siesta

About the Image(s)

I caught this guy napping on a cold blustery and cloudy afternoon on the edge of an inlet off of Crystal River Florida. He is in the lee of a berm that is just above him. I am across the inlet about 100 yds away. 600mm f6.3, 1/640.

7 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
The bird and the reflection are very nice. What a distance shot! To me the image would be nicer if more of the reeds were cropped out so as to emphasize the bird. At the same time, with a little masking, you could darken the reeds and reduce the competition between the bird and the reeds.   Posted: 08/04/2020 10:24:55

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Very nice photo and agree with Robert. Try a little contrast, more shadow and increasing the background saturation to make the birds gray and black colors stand out. Great composition and use of the water to add a reflection. Agree with cropping to add focus on the bird. Nice photo   Posted: 08/04/2020 16:39:21

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
It is a good picture, but need some more work, the bird and surrounding are the same, the surrounding should be softer, I try to do some quick job.   Posted: 08/04/2020 18:15:43

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
  Posted: 08/04/2020 18:23:52
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Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Nice view of the secretive Yellow crowned night heron with a good reflection that adds interest. A good shot for a birding list or an unchanged nature shot.However for a fine art image I think it needs to be cropped even more, sharpened, the grass across his wing cloned out or content aware filled and the background blurred as Leonid advised and did and a catch light added to the eye   Posted: 08/05/2020 16:10:39
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I agree with Judy. As a fine art image, we need to separate the heron from the busy background. I do like the detail you got in the bird wings and the reflection. Very nice. A 600mm lens is a great lens for bird photography, but more than I could probably manage!
  Posted: 08/08/2020 13:54:48

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
I understand where you're coming from. I considered emphasizing the bird in various ways along the lines that all of you expertly demonstrate. I chose to present the image as I saw it, with the bird somewhat blending into its environment as birds tend to do. I liked the environment too and decided to present more of it than most viewers would find appealing.   Posted: 08/09/2020 12:30:48


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