David Henderson  

Are you Listening by David Henderson

November 2020 - Are you Listening

About the Image(s)

This image was taken in a local wet land where the cattle egrets come nest.
The image was taken on my Canon 5Div with an 100-400mm lens with a 1.4 extender fitted.
I edited the image with Photoshop
ISO “ 1600
Speed “ 1/640s
App “ F8 set at 560mm

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4 comments posted

Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
Really nice and sharp photo. If it were mine, I might try to blur or darken the birds underneath and to the right side.   Posted: 11/08/2020 16:30:22

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Love this...the birds are sharp and clear, the expression is priceless and thier coloring is magnificent ! Our Cattle Egrets don't get quite that colorful. I would assume they are a pair and she is letting him have it for not paying attention! I do like having the background there to give me the context that this might be breeding behavior. The background does not trouble me because it tells me what is going on....Great shot!!!   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:11:46

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I feel you did a lot of things quite well with this shot. First, and most important with wild life images, you got the eyes of both birds sharp. Having a sharp eye will cover a host of other miscues because we are drawn to the eyes first. You did well in isolating the subjects from the background. One thing that is quite hard to do in the field is to pay as much attention to the background as to the subject. I know these guys live in a very busy environment and getting a clean background is hard. In this image you have several other blurred white birds that are distractions and bring down the quality of the image. May I suggest a couple of potential "fixes"? One easy solution is to change your camera angle By moving yourself either a bit left or right and/or raising or lowering your camera position you could quite possibly hide the other birds behind your subjects, and maybe eliminate them completely. This would strengthen your image. I'm going to bet you took this hand held and thus you may have a bit of motion blur in your image. Shooting at 560mm and with an extender it is hard to keep a rig like yours steady at on 1/640 of a second. May I suggest two fixes? Try using a tripod, or a monopod to hold the weight of your rig. The second since you are shooting at 560mm you are probably shooting at infinity on your focus scale and thus could drop that f8 to f5.6 and that would allow you to bump that shutter speed up a notch.   Posted: 11/12/2020 21:53:36
David Henderson   David Henderson
Thanks Larry for your comments much apricated. With the 1.4 extender on the canon 100/400mm lens you are limited to a starting "F" stop of F8   Posted: 11/21/2020 23:07:34