Pierre Williot  

Busy Virginia Rail by Pierre Williot

November 2020 - Busy Virginia Rail

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Olympus E-M1X, Olympus M. Zuiko 300 mm f/4, hand held (with boardwalk rail support).

Setup: ISO 800, 300 mm (Full frame equivalent 600 mm), f/4, 1/160 sec.

Location: TIFFT Farm, Buffalo, New York, October 17th 2020

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10 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Hi Pierre, what is TIFFT Farm? I'd love to see your original and hear how you processed your Virginia Rail. I'd love to see one!

Your bird seems a bit too centered to me. I would be tempted to remove a lot of the top reeds that are distracting. I'd think about removing the stalk in front of him, if you aren't entering it in Nature.

Did you lighten around his eye? It seems unusually bright and the rest of him is in shadow. Maybe a radial filter to gently lighten him?

It looks like you were able to get very low, which is good!   Posted: 11/07/2020 20:01:47
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
TIFFT farm is a nature preserve just South of Buffalo (15 min drive or so from my house!)
It took me several years before I could finally take a photography of this little bird that hides in the marshes. Another bird that hides in the marches in this nature preserve is the Least Bittern (took me 4 year to get a pict - was last year. I could not get a decent pict this year!)
Thanks for the comments - I was very limited with the framing due to the boardwalk and other obstacles.... I was very happy when finally some light hit his head. I did not add any light but mainly decreased the shadows.   Posted: 11/12/2020 18:09:06
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Brenda,
Please find attached the original.   Posted: 11/24/2020 12:16:06
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Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The bird is well shown but my eye is drawn to the bright area on the upper left. I would tone down or better still, crop it off and go for a square format.
I have not seen one of these birds before. What is their usual habitat?   Posted: 11/12/2020 10:52:43
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
As I mentioned to Brenda, this is a bird that hides in the reeds in marches. Difficult to catch - they just vanish as they get in! They are always on the move, bobbing their heads and beak in and out of the water as they feed on aquatic invertebrates (chicken like walk). They are normally walking in shallow waters.
Thanks for the editing suggestions.   Posted: 11/12/2020 18:14:10

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Great you have captured the bird really well, I would possibly clone out the stalk on the left, darken the reflection of the stalk and rotate the picture a little clockwise and try a little cropping.   Posted: 11/12/2020 17:43:42

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks. Interesting editing suggestions. As this bird is hiding in the tall grass, the light filters through in streaks.   Posted: 11/12/2020 18:16:08

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I like the way the light is highlighting the birds head. I would crop a bit of the bottom out and darken the vertical plant on the right a bit.   Posted: 11/12/2020 18:46:50

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Pierre, good that you were able to capture this elusive bird. The bird is sharp with a highlight in the eye. You might consider a tighter crop to include just the bird. This would give you a better color palette. Then tone down the highlights and lighten the shadows on the bird.   Posted: 11/14/2020 12:53:31

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
So I agree again with the others the top left corner is a bit bright and draws my eyes to that section. Based on that I would try and darken that area a bit uses that I think it is a great piece.   Posted: 11/16/2020 12:26:01