Steve Sampliner  

Peek-a-boo by Steve Sampliner

April 2021 - Peek-a-boo

April 2021 - Steve Sampliner


About the Image(s)

Details: Pentax K1 w/ Pentax 150-450 lens, handheld. 410mm, f/8, 1/800 on aperture priority.
Location: Ayn (spring) Ishlat - about 40 km northwest of Salalah, Oman. Image captured March 14. No interesting story for this one. I was following a pair of white-spectacled bulbul as they foraged. Was happily surprised to find this image when I went about post-processing. Post-processing consists of a bit of exposure, contrast and sharpening.

5 comments posted

Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
Steve, I can't imagine anybody looking at this picture and not smiling. Clearly you didn't have a lot of control on the composition at capture. But might I suggest a slightly tighter crop, especially on the right. You can't do much about the leaves obscuring lower parts of the bird, but I found the leaves on the right somewhat distracting.   Posted: 04/01/2021 14:29:54
Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Stanley, yeah, I agree about the leaves on the right being a bit of a distraction. I played around with the placement of the Bulbul a few times. Unfortunately, the original isn't super sharp, so I didn't want to try to over do it in post-processing. I tried to keep the face just a bit off-center because I generally like the subject not centered, but maybe it would have been better to go that route and cut a bit off the right. But in the end, as you mentioned, it really is just a feel good photograph with a bit of humor. The fact that it made you smile is a win in my book because that was the intention for sharing this image.   Posted: 04/02/2021 04:19:24

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Steve I love that you where able to capture this bird in such a funny pose. The title is perfect for the photo as I am sure everyone that sees it will smile at the bird's pose. I also like that you off-set the bird slightly. I would suggestion that you crop the bottom and right-side of the photo slightly to remove the distracting out-of-focus brown branch in the bottom righthand corner. I also recommend lighting the birds head to bring out some of the details in the black feathers. See my edited photo.   Posted: 04/03/2021 10:55:32
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Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
I agree with cropping off the bottom and also the right side.
  Posted: 04/07/2021 18:34:46

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
I am smiling... Nice job on the editing. It is always taught when you have so many leaves but it is about the pose. Thank you for sharing such a fun photo.   Posted: 04/15/2021 19:06:05


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