Mary Frost  

Horn Bill by Mary Frost

October 2019 - Horn Bill

October 2019 - Mary Frost


About the Image(s)

This image was taken in Tanzania. The bird is a Horn Bill. In processing this image, I darkened the background (it had become lighter in the early Raw processing of the file) and used Viveza2 of the Nik software package to add structure to the bird and the bark on the tree. I also reduced some of the red in the background which I found distracting, while enhancing it in the bird's bill. I cropped away some of the bottom of the image.

It was taken with my older Canon 30D and the Canon 100-400mm lens set at 365 mm. The ISO was at 250, f/9.0 and 1/640 of a second. I was in Manual Mode and spot metered the exposure.

4 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Mary, your PP and crop really improved the sharpness and colors of the image. I like the way it is framed by the tree branches and trunk. Good soft background. The colors are well managed. The bird has a nice catch light. Not always we can have the ideal image of the subject facing us.   Posted: 10/09/2019 22:19:42

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Mary, I agree with Isaac's comments, your PP is spot on. My only wish is that the bird was looking more at you, but at Isaac said not always possible. Bruce   Posted: 10/16/2019 20:17:38

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Mary, I love the natural framing and the changes you made in PP. What a beautiful bird!
  Posted: 10/17/2019 08:06:21

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I like this Mary and echo the prior comments re your skilful processing work.

I also like the sort of side-on aspect here. For this type of bird straight on doesn't work as you loose it's character. Here, you've clearly got one eye which appears to be looking backwards! you've shown us the lovely tail detail too. So I like it! Whether a Nature judge would is different - arguably not much story: but that doesn't mean it's not a successful image!   Posted: 10/18/2019 08:36:40


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