Don MacKenzie  

Untitled by Don MacKenzie

February 2021 - Untitled

February 2021 - Don MacKenzie


About the Image(s)

Took this photo on Thursday of this week at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. The Red-shouldered Hawks are building a nest to the delight of about 20 photographers. Shot in RAW, 1/1250 sec., f 7.1, ISO of 5000 at 400mm. Because of the tree shade, had to increase exposure, shadows, clarity, vibrance and contrast. Black increased slightly. Luminance set at 100. Cropped and added vignette effect to emphasize subject

6 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Great capture of the hawk looking straight at you. The bird is in nice focus; particularly the eyes. The bright highlights in the background could be darkened a little to make them less distracting though. And, maybe the hawk's shoulder can be brightened a tad to bring out some detail in the feathers. I love the Wakodahatchee wetlands - one of my favorites places in Florida to photograph birds.   Posted: 02/01/2021 19:21:35

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have become quite a bird photographer and it seems you have even found a way to get them to pose for you! By darkening the branches, the busy background they create does not distract from your subject. You did a nice job of blurring the background foliage to also lessen the distractions, however, the bright orange with the white dot to the right of the bird pulls my eye from the bird. It would be nice if you could find a way to add a little more detail to his feathers.   Posted: 02/02/2021 11:02:33

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
wonderful capture of a hawk, and happened to direct at you. So envious that you're there, warmer and get to shot some birds.

Sharp and crisp, especially love the details on feather on head and around neck. Also light on edge, perfect.
  Posted: 02/04/2021 23:40:44

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Good crop but maybe the bird should not be centered. I like the bokeh and the natural tangle of branches. Could you have brought out more feather detail in the shoulder region?   Posted: 02/10/2021 15:58:52

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
I usually center when there is no other distraction.   Posted: 02/10/2021 18:08:41

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
You certainly got that bird's attention. I like his direct gaze and the beautiful feather detail. Well done! I would have cropped him off center and I would not darken his body quite so much. You had good detail in the original photo. But darkening around the bird was the right touch.   Posted: 02/17/2021 07:10:22


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