Randall Gusdorf  

Freedom to be by Randall Gusdorf

August 2019 - Freedom to be

About the Image(s)

Took the picture last week in Florida, Fujifilm XT-3 with the 50 to 140mm 2.8 lens, at 140. Speed 2000th and I believe 5.6. Light was great and I could get close. Working on my wildlife photography as that has not been an area that I have limited experience, but starting to get wonderful opportunities.

10 comments posted

Angela Bonner
Great shot of a very difficult subject.
I think that because of the angle the birds feet are more sharp than it's head but only very slightly.
Perhaps up the exposure a tad to lighten the image?
Otherwise well done!!   Posted: 08/06/2019 10:32:06
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Thanks. I do believe you are correct as to the sharpness of the feet verses head. Saw that subconsciously before you mentioned it, and it is always great to get such feedback. To get the shot is so difficult, but now I know, and look forward to increasing my f stop to obtain greater sharpness. Much appreciated.   Posted: 08/06/2019 10:49:33

Brent Doornbos
Nice. The bird really let you get close!   Posted: 08/06/2019 11:16:21

Sandy Loucks
I think this is a wonderful shot. I love the full wing span, the angle of the bird, and the light on the head, neck, and legs. Well done!

Topaz InFocus or AI Gigapixel may be able to get the head in focus for you.   Posted: 08/12/2019 15:13:47
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
thx. good suggestions to follow, and will do so.   Posted: 08/12/2019 15:16:27
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
thx. good suggestions to follow, and will do so.   Posted: 08/13/2019 07:30:05

Janet McLaughlin   Janet McLaughlin
I have always wanted to do bird photography, but I never seem to be at the right place at the right time! I love the full wingspan that you were able to get! He really cooperated with that close fly by! Nicely done   Posted: 08/12/2019 20:06:17
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Janet, same here. I always seemed too far away, fumbling with my camera, tripod, lenses, and filters. Here I had opportunity, and time. I look forward to other opportunities. Thx.   Posted: 08/13/2019 07:31:44

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
Very nice job Randall. This appears to me to be a Great Blue Heron and I find them to be pretty skittish, so great job getting so close. I like his wing position. I would consider darkening up the sand so it doesn't pull my eye. I have a number of friends who photograph birds and your shutter speed is great. Another suggestion, and maybe you did this, but generally they go for a multiple focus points on a flying bird in an effort to get that eye in sharpest focus. Looking forward to seeing more wildlife!   Posted: 08/18/2019 07:28:02
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Thanks Cheryl, comments you make are insightful and inspiring. As I took more pictures (and I think after this day of shooting), I did move to a zone focus that tracks within the zone, and that helped. I did not know that about bird photographers, so I will keep doing that. And i am learning that eye has to be 100%, not just close. I have others with a sharper head and eye, but i liked this wingspan too.   Posted: 08/18/2019 07:44:16


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