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Sandhill Cranes by Don MacKenzie

March 2020 - Sandhill Cranes

About the Image(s)

Took this photo February 20 this year at a county recreation area. The large open field attracts cranes. I liked the setting because of the tan ground cover and the tan look of the feathers. According to National Audubon Society, the tan on the cranes is actually not in the feathers, but a coating that comes from iron deposits in water in tundra ponds. Taken in RAW f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 320 at 400mm. Exposure was reduced, contrast increased, black slider increased, and increased Clarity and Vibrance. Set Luminance at 100 to eliminate noise.

8 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
I like this perspective of sandhill cranes. Usually you see their underside in flight. I've never seen or wasn't aware of the rusty brown colors in their feathers. Nice capture of them walking through the brush. I wish that one strand of grass wasn't going right through the crane's eye. I wonder if that couldn't be cloned out?   Posted: 03/03/2020 10:25:18

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Thanks for the suggestion about cloning. I usually don't have much success when cloning across a face or other complex part of an image. That is why I left the branch where it is. Maybe I'll try again.   Posted: 03/03/2020 12:20:16

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Nice capture of these two sandhill cranes. The red patch between the eyes draws your eye there. My immediate reaction is that the image is dark. I would lighten the shadows, expecially around the eye and side of the body of the crane in the back, and on the body of the crane in the front.   Posted: 03/05/2020 08:18:37

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
nice capture, just unfortunately both subjects was not lighted on their eyes, and one blocked by a grass. Either clone out the grass or find a different photos. Even though the feather of birds are so rich and colorful, adding eyes are just crown jewel to the image.   Posted: 03/11/2020 12:32:11

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Nice capture with lovely colors. I would agree with the other comments that the tall grass in front of the eye of the bird on the right should be cloned out and I would lighten the head and neck on the bird on the left. You have nicely blurred the background while keeping details in the foreground.   Posted: 03/18/2020 16:55:39

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
This is wonderful to capture the Sandhill Cranes in the wild life. The cranes and fore ground is sharp and background is blurred. I would also agree that the strand of grass in front of the head of the right crane could be cloned out.

  Posted: 03/24/2020 08:43:20

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
I am not a birder but I suspect these are good examples of the species. The red patch on the head is a plus, photographically speaking. Are the bodies of the birds in as sharp focus as you might like?   Posted: 03/25/2020 09:12:41

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
I believe the sharpness is as good as it can be. Sometimes the feathers shine or butterfly wings are dusty and look less sharp. Since the bodies of the cranes are parallel to the camera, I think everything must be in focus. Thanks for asking.   Posted: 03/25/2020 12:21:12


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