Marge Barham  

“Yellow” Friend  by Marge Barham

May 2020 - “Yellow” Friend

About the Image(s)

Looking for Spring photos from the past I found this one to share with you . I captured this cute guy a few years ago at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, FL. Just sitting there waiting for his photo to be taken. I love the blue and the yellow complimentary colors and he seems to be saying “Hello”.

My camera was the Canon 60D with a Canon 100-400mm lens. Settings were f 9, 1/1000 sec, 400mm and ISO 400.

8 comments posted

Art Jacoby   Art Jacoby
I like the details, the color, the bokeh and the composition. My only suggestion is to darken the branch a bit and maybe brighten the eye.   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:50:47
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Art! Is it possible that you could tell me how to brighten the eye?   Posted: 05/09/2020 18:57:23

Art Jacoby   Art Jacoby
Sure, just remember to make a duplicate layer to work on. You could use the dodge tool, set to a low opacity, and then the sponge tool, also set to a low opacity. Another tip is, after doing this, to use the burn tool just around the edged of the eye. Additionally, you could select the eye using the quick selection tool and then use a curves or levels adjustment. You can always lower the opacity and fill levels of the layer you worked onto refine the changes.   Posted: 05/10/2020 09:03:20
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Art. I think this will take me awhile to learn. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me.
  Posted: 05/10/2020 18:05:53

Gabriele Dellanave   Gabriele Dellanave
Congrats Marge excellent shot. Good focus, beautiful colors and good composition. If anything I should do to this image I would only crop the little cute bird with a slight larger context around, but not necessarily. I darkened a little the branch just selecting that and reduced a bit the brightness. Quick and simple.   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:39:44
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Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Gabriele for the helpful hints.   Posted: 05/20/2020 09:09:47

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Did you know that the two colors that are found in the majority of award winning photographs are blue and yellow?

Maybe that is why this looks like it could be an award winner.
Your little bird sits on a beautiful background.

Since this is a General category and you are permitted to edit an image may I suggest using Photoshop's Edit>Fill>Content Aware tool and removing that dark area in the upper left corner? That would give you a perfect background---and a sure winner. :-)   Posted: 05/20/2020 10:18:17
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Larry for your comments. No, I didn't know that about blue and yellow. I just might take your advise and enter it. Thanks.

  Posted: 05/25/2020 18:05:27


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