Tom Brott  

Snowy Egret Taking Off by Tom Brott

October 2019 - Snowy Egret Taking Off

About the Image(s)

Ding darling National Refuge. Birds were pretty active with the high tide coming in. High noon shot on a slightly overcast day.
Canon 7D Mark II, f/8, 1/1600 sec., ISO 320 100-400 lens with 1.4 ext. = 560mm, hand held.
Adjusted levels, Ran Color Efex 4 to bring out some details and a small crop on the top and right side

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
My eyes go straight to the egret's eye. The feathers are sharp. The water has a pleasing color and adds to the whole image. I would crop a small portion rom the top. The bokeh is a bit distracting.   Posted: 10/02/2019 17:14:00

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I never get tired of seeing these creatures in flight and I really like the wing position you have captured. The bird is tack sharp, as your images always are. For me, the bird does not pop out from the background enough, making the whole image have a somewhat flat appearance. I would try to add some light to the bird if it can be done without losing feather detail, and I would make the water less luminous.
I will be in your area the last part of February and hope to meet up with you again if possible.   Posted: 10/06/2019 11:14:59

John Roach   John Roach
Tom, it is a lovely image. I think Sharon and Lisa has a point regarding the water and how it relates to the bird to get good separation and minimize distraction. I think reducing luminosity and softening the top part of the frame water might help some.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:05:32

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Nice one! I agree with the other comments. The image looks a bit underexposed to me and the Snowy has, on my screen, a blue color cast. I think I would check the whites to see if there is a cast and follow Lisa and Sharon's suggestions.   Posted: 10/15/2019 16:30:57

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Tom, I love the grace of the wings, and the determination in the eye of this bird. The focus is great. I wonder if a polarizer filter would have helped tone down the water to produce additional contrast.   Posted: 10/24/2019 21:08:03