Lisa Auerbach  

Time to Paulse by Lisa Auerbach

October 2020 - Time to Paulse

October 2020 - Lisa Auerbach


About the Image(s)

After setting white and black points I used Topaz to sharpen and denoise the image. Using layers I added blue to and darkened the water. Dodging and burning helped separate the face, eyes, and bill from the water. I cropped to focus on the snow goose, then added a vignette.
I used spot metering on the goose’s eye; yet in this instance I wonder if evaluative metering would have been better. I would also like a suggestion of how to reclaim some detail from the white feathers via camera settings.
Settings: tripod mounted; Canon 70D; Tamron 100-400 @ 174mm; 1/100; f/8; ISO 100; Spot metering

7 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I think your post processing is superb. I like the composition and the bird's posture adds a lot of interest. I think it's a Canada Goose, similar to a Snow Goose. Addressing your question, I don't use spot metering but if I were, I'd suggest metering off the whitest part of the subject, the chest in this case. That's a good general rule for all subjects where the intent is not to allow the whites to get blown out. You can recover shadows, at the cost of some noise, but you can't recover blown whites. You could, however, clone in some texture from other parts of the chest. It would take some work and a light hand, but could be done. Just in case there's some detail there, if you lower the exposure a great deal does anything come out in the white areas other than gray? If so, you have some detail and might be able to tweek it out.   Posted: 10/06/2020 07:16:48

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
This is definitely a Canada Goose. I like your cropping and treatment of the water to add some color. I think there is good detail in all of the goose except on the white chest. I don't use spot metering either and would agree with Mike if you do use it. Blown out whites can't be recovered. I also like the reflection in the water and how the goose is looking back as if he/she is expecting company. You also got nice catch light in the eye. Very nice.   Posted: 10/11/2020 12:20:18

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Interesting pose and great reflection. I like the crop. In addition to the suggestions above, a polarizing filter might help with the white feather detail next time.   Posted: 10/13/2020 19:46:28

Ally Green   Ally Green
A great pose of the Canada goose with good tack sharp eye detail. You have done an amazing job in post versus the original to bring this up to an intriguing image. Wonderful reflection on the water. In post i sometimes use ColorEfex pro and the 'Detail Extractor' slider which could bring out the detail in the feathers a bit more. Lovely image.   Posted: 10/14/2020 13:38:25

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I have learned from Mike, and his buddy Don Hamilton, that when I shoot birds I need to use spot metering. Mike had two articles in the PSA Journal over the course of the last year or two that give really good advice on bird photography. You can look them up under the Journal tab on the PSA web site.
When I first looked a this image, I was astounded at wht you were able to accomplish through post-processing. However, my experience is that when the whites are blown out, there is not much you can do to recover detail. I have tried cloning in details in blown out areas, but have never been happy with the results. Fortunately for photogrpahers there are millions of Canada Geese, so I'll bet you will get a chance to try it again.   Posted: 10/15/2020 13:41:32

LC Boros   LC Boros
Good composition and lovely work cropping to create several interest areas for my eye to travel.

Technically the sharpness on edges of the goose's neck and wing/tail feathers are problematic: I see a lot of mask artifacts especially around the primaries. A bit more finessing the masks might help remove these.   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:56:36
Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Gracious, I never noticed that. I certainly will clean it.   Posted: 10/20/2020 17:51:26


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