Howard Frank  


Let's Do the Time Warp again by Howard Frank

June 2020 - Let's Do the Time Warp again

About the Image(s)

Since I have spent so much time in self quarantine, I have had to get creative with my photography to keep myself occupied. I have a couple of bird feeders in my backyard and a stick for birds to land on while they are waiting their turn to feed. I caught this female blackbird "doing a little dance".
Taken out my back window with my Nikon D500 and Nikkor 80 to 400 lens at 400mm, ISO 1250, 1/5000 sec at F6.3. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.
I think think the eye is a little "milky" and although I worked on it for a while, this is the best I can do. Any comments would be appreciated.


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6 comments posted

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Howard, one of my favorite activities...photographing birds.
I've rarely seen the female Red Winged Blackbird...very nice pic and technically excellent! The dance step adds a vitality to the image...catching motion with birds really bumps my interest up. Your comment on the 'milky' eye is interesting. While typically we might expect a sharper highlight on the eye, a reference image of this bird from the Field Museum seems to show the same effect. Given the high sharpness of the image, this milkiness may be, in fact, characteristic of the species. In this case I would trust that the camera captured what was truly there. Other factors such as the diffuseness of the light source may be in play as well. I look forward to more 'aviation' photos :-)   Posted: 06/01/2020 18:56:54

Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
Very nice image and its timely click to capture the step makes it interesting.The diffused back ground makes the subject stand out prominently. The issue of eye is of a little concern but at times we face situations that are beyond our control.   Posted: 06/16/2020 02:40:25

Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
Absolutely nothing wrong with this picture, including the sharpness of the eye. Love the posture of the bird, and of course it's sharp and nicely exposed. Well done.
  Posted: 06/20/2020 09:33:17

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
Howard, beautiful capture. The detail is amazing. I see your point about the eyed but if you didn't mention it I would not have noticed. Very nice.   Posted: 06/20/2020 18:58:56

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Good detail, and I love the humor of her dancing step. I invited to our club somebody who I thought would speak about critters to photograph in our backyards during lockdown. Actually he showed mostly birds while describing his perches (usually a branch with some lichen for interest) and neutral backgrounds (in one area a line with green tarps.) You did very with your out of focus background here. See his work at dreamcatcherimages.net   Posted: 06/22/2020 01:08:54

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Great detail of the bird. The eye detail of the bird looks very good. The blur and darker background is very nice and makes the bird stand out. Great capture.   Posted: 06/24/2020 16:10:11