Mary Ann Carrasco  

Stubborn Robin by Mary Ann Carrasco

October 2021 - Stubborn Robin

October 2021 - Mary Ann Carrasco


About the Image(s)

This image was taken in May of this year from inside our bedroom through the window. We had a robin incessantly bang into our window(s) with his chest and couldn't figure out what to do. I kept thinking it was the reflection of the trees he was after. I did some research and found out that during nesting season robins and some other birds see their reflection and think it is another male that they have to warn off. Well, this went on for some time so we did end up hanging aluminum foil strips outside the window. One day I decided to photograph him and I was pleasantly surprised how well it came out from inside the house and through the window.

Nikon D500; 1/125; ISO 500; f/8; 145mm

9 comments posted

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
(Groups 46 & 48)
Hi Mary Ann, Like your robin image. The twist of the head and they way it is holding onto the tree makes it even more interesting. Great sharp exposure even through a window. Just my two cent but I don't think you need the branches on either side. Well done.   Posted: 10/04/2021 18:33:13
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Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Tom, thank you for your comments. I see what you mean regarding the branches and I like your crop. I always struggle with how much or if to crop!   Posted: 10/06/2021 15:16:25

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Your robin photo is excellent, Mary Ann. I like the detail you were able to capture in the feathers. I agree with Tom about the interesting pose. I think it also tells that the bird is on alert instead of relaxed and being at ease. It's like catching an elusive moment.

I like Tom's example of a crop. It does bring the bird to the viewer's eye more for a close-up look. It also appears he reduced the brightness/saturation of the lime green, bright spots in the photo, which also is a plus. I typically like more elements in an image to tell more of a story about a location, but the new crop removes some clutter in this instance, all good.

Well done!

LT   Posted: 10/07/2021 14:07:00
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Thank you, LuAnn. I always struggle with how much to crop but I do like Tom's edits.   Posted: 10/15/2021 17:13:10

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Mary Ann, what a lovely capture of this Robin ..especially so with its unusual pose. Very sharp and nicely exposed. I, too, agree that the branches are extraneous. I wrestle with how much context to keep in an image and I've tended to go the opposite of LuAnn and zoom in for the close-up. I took your image into PS for the crop then used the Color EFX Pro plug in and used the "Add Detail" and "Darken/Lighten Center" filters. Then back into PS to darken and desaturate the background to call more attention to the beautiful bird.   Posted: 10/10/2021 17:12:42
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Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Yes, I, too, struggle with cropping! I do like your edits. You have really focused on the robin. I would only crop it down a bit tighter on the top to get rid of the white spot there (or tone it down). Thank you for your suggestions.   Posted: 10/15/2021 17:16:11
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Agreed! edit was a bit hasty.   Posted: 10/15/2021 18:43:54

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Mary Ann, It's amazing that you were able to capture a beautiful image of a robin from your window. The bird is very sharp with all the details of its feather clearly seen and it stands out from the background. You are so lucky that the branch also has a flower next to it. I also like your story about this robin, and your use of aluminum foil strips to prevent him from banging to your window. I'd prefer to crop as Tom did since the branches on both sides could be distracting. It's a very beautiful image!   Posted: 10/12/2021 00:23:34
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Thank you, Kieu-Hanh. I always struggle with how much to crop and I agree that the branches do not add to the photo.   Posted: 10/15/2021 17:18:21


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