Don MacKenzie  

Sparrow by Don MacKenzie

June 2020 - Sparrow

June 2020 - Don MacKenzie


About the Image(s)

Taken in RAW, f 6.3, 1/160, ISO160. Treated in RAW by lowering exposure, moved contrast to +45, black point to -45, clarity to +29 and vibrance +34. After, cropped.

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9 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
I've tried photographing birds, but found it extremely difficult especially the little ones that don't sit still at all. I like that you shot this guy with its mouth open. Nice capture. I wasn't sure what those grey fuzzy things were. At first, I thought they were caterpillars. They do tend to take your eye away from the bird though.   Posted: 06/03/2020 21:07:04
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
The "fuzzy" things are seed pods.   Posted: 06/04/2020 07:14:32

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You maintained wonderful focus and very little noise in such a drastic crop. I like the moment you shot the bird with it's mouth open; mid-tweet, I guess. The blurred background is a plus. Great job! I don't have any suggestions for improvement.   Posted: 06/04/2020 17:18:57
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
The lack of noise comes from my using RAW and then pushing luminence to 100. That always seems to remove all or almost all noise.   Posted: 06/05/2020 10:50:42

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
Great shot, Don!
Small birds is tougher to capture, with tree/leaves getting fuller.

The only suggestion I might vignetting a little, especially some stuff around the frame.   Posted: 06/17/2020 17:43:44

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Great job capturing this sparrow in the middle of its song! Yes, very difficult to capture the small birds that move around so much. It's a bit soft on the focus but totally understandable with the cropping. You might want to push your shutter speed over 1/250 sec when photographing birds.   Posted: 06/17/2020 23:07:31

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
It is an amazing moment to be caught when the bird is speak and looking at the sky! Perhaps the tele-lens was not used otherwise I would expect to see more sharp and focus image on the feathers and furs.
  Posted: 06/23/2020 00:21:08