Thorro Jones  


Western Bluebird by Thorro Jones

February 2021 - Western Bluebird

February 2021 - Thorro Jones

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February 2021 - Thorro Jones

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About the Image(s)

This photo was taken September 21, 2020 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. My vision was to capture the feel of the bird looking for something in the distance. To emphasis this feel I did a sky replacement in Photoshop using an evening sky photo taken 30 minutes later. I used Lightroom “Auto” to adjust the Tone along with changing the Clarity to +10, Sharpening amount to 50 and the Masking to 45. Lastly, I adjusted the Tone Curve to bring out the colors in the bird. Any suggestions to improve this picture are appreciated.
Image photo data: Nikon D7500 camera with NIKKOR 18-140 lens at 140mm; 1/250 sec at f5.6, ISO 800, no filters, no tripod.


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9 comments posted




Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Thorro, I love blue birds. We have two boxes in our backyard and over the years have enjoyed watching them lay their eggs and bringing a family into our world. Very strong composition. Love the sky replacement..Here are my suggestions;1) tone down the green.. 2) darken the end of the branches.. my eye wants to go there before the bird. 3) if possible lighten the eye. I hope my suggestion help.   Posted: 02/05/2021 19:57:02
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Sophia thanks for the tips. Let me know what you think of these edits.   Posted: 02/06/2021 14:58:08
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Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
The original darker and plain sky actually might have worked better if you could lighten up and adjust the bird exactly as you did but leave the sky as original.

p.s. did you receive my photos I sent you?   Posted: 02/06/2021 10:24:09
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Jeff I tried your suggestion. Let me know what you think of these edits.   Posted: 02/06/2021 14:58:48
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Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
Yes, I think this background is better than the other. I would also try to darken the sky evenly if you have it on a separate layer than the bird. Use your own eye to decide how much to darken it. I find that rather than using the brightness control, the exposure control does not affect the color of the sky as adversely.   Posted: 02/06/2021 15:09:52
Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
Thorro, I too prefer the original sky, though darkened. I found the replaced sky distracting because the sharp dividing line in sky brightness extends the line of the branch on which the bluebird is sitting. I really like the scraggly texture of the branch and don't want my attention to be drawn away from it. I agree with Jeffrey's suggestion of darkening the original sky.   Posted: 02/08/2021 10:56:44
Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
Thorro, I too prefer the original sky, though darkened. I found the replaced sky distracting because the sharp dividing line in brightness extends the line of the branch on which the bluebird is sitting. I really like the scraggly   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:03:32



Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thorro, nice job, It will be interesting to leave the first sky and clone some the green out especially the one to the right. The greenery needs to be toned down .. I truly appreciate how you take the suggestions do the edits and re-post.. I need to do the same.. I promise I will get better at that
  Posted: 02/07/2021 07:27:10



Matthias Haug   Matthias Haug
Hi Thorro! You did a good job with the second version of your photo. Eventually you can darken the sky a little bit.   Posted: 02/14/2021 14:26:21