Pierre Williot  

Black-Capped Chickadee by Pierre Williot

January 2021 - Black-Capped Chickadee

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Olympus E1 Mark III, Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8, Hand Held
Setup: ISO 1250, 150 mm (full frame equivalent of 300 mm), f/2.8, 1/60 sec

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6 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Gorgeous capture! Nice and crisp and a nice catchlight in his eye. If this isn't going to be entered in a PSA Nature where you can't remove anything, I'd want to take the branch off the top of your chickadee and even the branch behind him as it "chops off" the space behind him.

I'd be tempted to burn down the bright yellow leaves entering the frame on the far left. I'd also think about a light vignette, as a lot of branches and lines are taking us a lot of directions.   Posted: 01/06/2021 19:28:39

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
A pleasing shot Pierre and well captured, nice and sharp with a little light in the eye, well done. I would probably crop a little off the left and remove the branch above the birds head.   Posted: 01/06/2021 20:25:38

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Beautiful bird captured in beautiful light. I agree with removing that curved branch just above the head. Cropping some off the left is also a good idea.   Posted: 01/09/2021 13:55:18

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks for all these comments. I am frequently conflicted between keeping the image as close as possible as seen in nature and significant retouching... In this one, I made sure that my framing was allowing seeing the whole bird + catch light without any crossing branches (not always easy with these birds that are always in motion!)   Posted: 01/09/2021 18:50:01

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
It is often difficult to get a bird on a stick picture without all the foreground foliage interfering so I like the clarity and diagonal likes in this image.   Posted: 01/10/2021 11:28:27

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Pierre, nice capture of the chickadee. It is hard to find them not moving. In my opinion I would make it more about the bird and less about the surroundings by using a tighter crop that brings the bird into the lower right corner and removes a lot of the background.   Posted: 01/11/2021 14:19:21
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