Sharon Moir  

Capercaillie by Sharon Moir

May 2022 - Capercaillie

About the Image(s)

This is a western capercaillie, largest of the grouse family, taken at the Bronx Zoo. Couldn't get the whole bird which has a magnificent tail like a turkey. Did major cropping and some cloning to get rid of light reflecting from leaves in the lower left. Taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 ISO 2000.

5 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Interesting unusual subject. Sharp, colorful and composition in the frame is done well. I think the light white feathers
on the lower left of the image is distracting (even though it is part of the bird) and I might try to eliminate or subdue the brightness.   Posted: 05/11/2022 15:51:53

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
The major and compelling subjects of this image are the eye and beak. Now they are positioned way to the top of the frame. So even though the feathers have wonderful colors, I think overall it would help to crop from the bottom for a better balance.   Posted: 05/13/2022 07:09:23

Than Sint   Than Sint
It is a super close up shot and exciting cropping. I agree with Mr. Sol Blechman's comment about the eye and beak. All details are obviously seen.   Posted: 05/14/2022 03:19:12

David Robb   David Robb
I like the simple composition, color, contrast, easy on the eye.
Then came the grouse in flight rendition.   Posted: 05/17/2022 19:35:00
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Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
I think the position makes for an interesting portrait of the bird. You have great sharpness through out the subject. I agree with Neal about the white feathers. I do like the brown and teal colored feathers that would be lost if the white was cropped off. I am sure that a knowledgeable viewer would notice that they were missing if you just cloned them out. You might have to make a decision on cropping or just leaving them in even though they are a distraction.   Posted: 05/21/2022 17:38:17


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