Pamela Hoaglund  

Black-Footed Albatross with Chick by Pamela Hoaglund

November 2020 - Black-Footed Albatross with Chick

November 2020 - Pamela Hoaglund


About the Image(s)

In 2012 I had the opportunity to take a photography trip to Midway Atoll in the middle of the Pacific. It was nesting time for the albatross so there were thousands of Laysan and Black-footed Albatross with their chicks. They had no fear of humans so you could sit fairly close to them and the chicks would actually come close to check you out. I loved taking intimate images of a parent with its chick. This is feeding behavior. Taken with my Canon 7D and Canon 100-400 lens. Aperture priority f 5.6, ISO 400, 1/250 sec hand held. Post processing was in ON1 2020, setting the black and white point, adding a little structure, dynamic contrast and a slight vignette. I decided to crop it to a square format to put the main focus on the feeding behavior.

8 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Terrific image Pam. I like your post processing, including the crop. Compared to the original, I can see that the colors have been punched up nicely on the subject, but I would mask that effect off the background areas to increase the separation between the background and subject. Nice image and nice job!   Posted: 11/08/2020 08:39:21

LC Boros   LC Boros
I like the image and think you did well with the color correction. Given the original image, I think this crop works well. My only quibble is I wish more of the chick was in focus.   Posted: 11/09/2020 22:33:20

Ally Green   Ally Green
What a treasured moment to capture this image. A wonderful closeness of an intimate moment between a mother and her chick. Great clarity in the eye of mother. The crop is nicely done and as you say gives more focus on the feeding behaviour. I might have toned down the background more with the vignette but not a very minor point and doesn't detract from the image. A great capture!   Posted: 11/10/2020 13:31:59

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Pamela, what a grand image. The eye of the adult albatross is beautifully sharp and catching. The feathers are smooth and clear. I find the lower part of its mouth/bill interesting and had to look at it for a moment. If wish I could see to the end of the bill. The chick is well shot and completes the nature story. Your surrounding colors compliment the whole image. Well done.   Posted: 11/11/2020 08:49:57

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Talk about capturing a decisive moment, you really did it! The eye of the adult is sharp and life-like and the detail around the inside of the mouth is amazing. I do not know anything about this species and its nesting habits which makes me wonder if you were shotting from a blind to get this close? I think this is a strong nature story and technically well-done.   Posted: 11/11/2020 11:31:26
Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I was not shooting from a blind. I was just sitting on the ground near by. They have no fear of humans. Sitting quietly the chicks would come close to check you out. Sometimes the chicks would be in the middle of the road so we could not get by in the golf carts so someone would get out and move the chick to the side of the road. Also, before we moved the golf carts we had to check all around and underneath to make sure a chick had not gone under the cart.   Posted: 11/11/2020 19:12:06
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Wonderful! That is a great nature experience in my opinion.   Posted: 11/11/2020 19:14:24

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Pamela, this is an amazing image. The wide aperture gave a great bokeh blur to the background. I would tone down the background to match the effect in the original. Your crop is perfect. This is Nature competition-worthy. The beak is especially amazing. At first I thought it might be a leather strap. Great detail.   Posted: 11/15/2020 12:22:47


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