Mike Cohen  

King Cormorant by Mike Cohen

January 2020 - King Cormorant

January 2020 - Mike Cohen


About the Image(s)

Here is my submission for January. It's a King Cormorant, also known
locally as a "Shag" taken as it was coming into the cliffs for a landing. I
ran Topaz Denoise AI and Nik's Tonal Contrast. I'm not quite sure what else
I did beside the crop that is shown. This was taken with a Sony a9ii, Sony
400mm at f/4.5, 1/3200 second at an ISO of 3200.

5 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
A nice action shot of the Cormorant. It looks very sharp from wing tip to wing tip. Your selection of a small f stop made for a pleasing background. I like that we can see at least one eye as he looks down to find his landing spot.   Posted: 01/09/2020 13:30:27

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
The first time I looked at the image I could not detect the head. It is at an odd angle and color wise blends into the wing. Otherwise this is another great shot. Every part of your bird is tack sharp. I like the feet, the way they are positioned, the clarity, the color. The head feathers are silky smooth. Whatever path you took to treat your background works, and I would take it that way a bit more to make the background a bit less prominent.   Posted: 01/11/2020 18:14:10

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I think the title of this image should be "Showoff." You have dfinitely captured this bird in a unique position. Whatever you did in post processing softened the water nicely in my opinion. The depth of field works well for me and the bird appears to be quite sharp. I would be curious to know how you think the de-noise program in Topaz compares to Define in NIK. I recently heard someone say that the Topaz was better, but I have not had an opportunity to try it.   Posted: 01/14/2020 09:43:26
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Thanks Sharon. I love Topaz. I think it's added a stop or more to my ISO it does such a good job. That said, I only use it on my high ISO images. I don't use Define so I can't really make a comparison. But I generally use Noiseware which I think it terrific but Topaz blows it away. They offer a trial version. On key, turn off automatic updates of the preview so you can move the image around without it having to re-render the preview. It was very slow at first but, at least on my computer, it takes about 15 seconds to render. Still slow but worth it.   Posted: 01/15/2020 15:10:03

John Roach   John Roach
Excellent. The angle of view, behavior, light, color harmony are wonderful. I can offer no suggestions. Well done.   Posted: 01/15/2020 13:32:41


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