Don MacKenzie  


Peaceful, Delicate, Calm by Don MacKenzie

December 2019 - Peaceful, Delicate, Calm

About the Image(s)

Shot in JPEG this November, f 3.5, 53mm, ISO 8000, 1/400 sec. Saw the bird feather in my backyard and was immediately struck by its apparent delicateness. A slight breeze was blowing and I had to wait several times to take pics trying to get one that was sharp. Processed in Photo Shop by adjusting black, mid-range and white points and used "high pass" under Filter for sharping. I did not keep the original, sorry


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12 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Great composition and use of subtle lighting. I really like your subdued background that is not totally black to give the image depth. The soft lighting brings out the texture and softness of the feather while accentuating the sharp linear details.   Posted: 12/01/2019 20:09:37

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Thanks for your comment about the lighting. Frankly, I never saw it! I will keep it in mind.   Posted: 12/02/2019 11:08:23

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like the contrast of the fluffy part of the feather at the top and the straight lines at the bottom of the feather. You handled the white very well. There are no blown out areas. The diagonal curve adds interest. The details are very good, except at the bottom of the feather where the focus falls off.   Posted: 12/03/2019 20:28:04
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
You're right. I should have seen the lack of sharpness. Getting my sensor parallel to the feather would probably have taken care of that. Thanks.   Posted: 12/04/2019 11:00:16

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Interesting photograph but I wonder about the orientation of the feather - try turning it a quarter or half turn?   Posted: 12/18/2019 21:01:09
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
I tried 20 degrees left and could not see any significant improvement. Feather is already on diagonal which I wanted rather than vertical. Tried 25 degrees also. A half turn is not good. I will remember to try these different possibilities in the future.   Posted: 12/19/2019 08:59:48

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
I like the shape, form and color of the feather. It is a simple subject with very rich contexture.   Posted: 12/20/2019 09:10:51

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
very nice form, and partial sharpness, and wonder why would you shoot it in JPEG, and high iso of 8000, it looks ok on cell phone, but look bad on big high resolution monitor, the noise is obvious. sorry!   Posted: 12/20/2019 10:19:03
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Our monitors are responding differently to this feather picture. I went back to my file, called up the feather and enlarged it to 100% (approximately 27" x 21"). No noise could be detected.   Posted: 12/20/2019 11:06:38

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
After reading your story for how you found the feather and how you processed it in Photoshop, I wondered how you got the background to be so black. It almost looks like you used a black background. I will have to try using the black points in PS as you described.   Posted: 12/29/2019 14:52:59
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Hi Phyllis: I go to Layer, then New Adjustment Layer and then Levels. I frequently find that using the mid-point (middle) slider and moving it to the right gives me various levels of darkness in the background. In this photo, I moved it until I had a black background. I don't use the left point for background changes since it seems to only increase the amount of black in the photo which means increasing black in the subject and other things in the photo which might be black enough already. I don't understand all the possibilities. For me, what I do know is enough for now.   Posted: 12/30/2019 09:52:04
Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Thanks for that explanation, Don. I'm going to try it.   Posted: 12/30/2019 20:23:24