Don MacKenzie  

Untitled by Don MacKenzie

April 2021 - Untitled

April 2021 - Don MacKenzie


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My April photo was taken a couple of weeks ago at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. Storks have been building nests for several weeks and some have laid eggs. When I was there, they were hustling to get enough sticks to build good nests. Just before I took this photo, a brief rain shower appeared resulting in the storks all standing up as if at attention! I was struck by the quiet attention as if they were solders. Shot in RAW, f 5.6, 1/400 sec., ISO 2000, at 100mm. Decreased exposure, increased contrast, black and clarity. Changed to B/W using "scenic landscape" option. Sharpened.

5 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
This is a great photo! The storks do look like soldiers at attention, and the image has a unique and eerie feeling about it. Your darkening and converting to B&W just made the image come to life. Even the plain gray sky adds to the mood. If I were to suggest any changes, it would be to clone out the storks lying down. They seem to distract from the standing birds. I took the liberty to use Photoshop to clone in the surrounding branches at about 50% opacity. The title should definitely be, "Soldiers."   Posted: 04/01/2021 06:58:49
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
For certain Wakodahatchee is being taken over by these militant birds. You have created an interesting shot of them defending their turf.

Personally I would prefer greater depth of field as too many are blurred.   Posted: 04/01/2021 13:20:02

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
What a captivating image. You certainly did a nice job of converting it to monochrome and I love your panoramic crop for this image. The poses are priceless. Well captured.   Posted: 04/03/2021 16:32:53

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
At first glance, I thought you had walked in on a gathering of nudes in the woods. The image is so powerful and puzzling that the photography itself becomes secondary. Your monochrome treatment adds to the impact.   Posted: 04/15/2021 14:07:12

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Those birds do seem to be standing at attention! And reducing the exposure was the right thing to do. I do wish you had raised the exposure just slightly more and increased light in the shadows because you have lost definition in the faces of these birds.   Posted: 04/18/2021 23:29:02


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