Ruth Sprain  

Flamingoes in Salt Lake by Ruth Sprain

October 2021 - Flamingoes in Salt Lake

October 2021 - Ruth Sprain


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I took this photo three years ago in Peru at a salt lake where flamingoes were eating. I used my Canon 7D with normal lens set at 200 mm. Sorry, but I don’t have other settings. It was a thrilling experience to see flamingoes in the wild , and I especially liked the reflection in this image. Recently I’ve gotten a new computer, so I’ve changed to a different version of Lightroom and PhotoShop. I’m still trying to learn about all the changes. In editing, I added contrast, dodged and burned, added saturation, and cropped. I’d appreciate any suggestions you have.

5 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Ruth. Aren't Pink Flamingos the best???? I really love how you captured the birds and their reflections in the water. One thing you might consider is a tighter crop, since the birds are your main subject. In my opinion, the background is uninteresting and detracts from these beautiful birds. I'm attaching two cropping alternatives. Curious what you think.   Posted: 10/10/2021 16:44:40

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
The position of the birds on the sand bar suggest a panoramic crop. I also increased saturation in the birds and decreased that of the water. (Editing these tiny PSA files in Photoshop is frustrating, but you get the idea).   Posted: 10/10/2021 16:47:37
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Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Here's another version. I used Content Aware Fill to remove the background. The algorithm picked up a little of the pink of the birds and mixed it with the blue water to give a purple sky. I increased clarity and added a bit of dehaze. I think I like this version best.   Posted: 10/10/2021 16:54:33
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Ruth, What's a beautiful scene of the pink flamingoes walking straight in a line and with their reflection in the water! The color of the sky is also nice. I like that each position of the birds' legs differ from each other.
In your personal opinion, I feel that the flamingoes are not quite sharp and the sand bar above them are a bit distracting. The second edited version of Michael has made the birds sharper, the composition stronger, and has removed the distraction of the sand bar.   Posted: 10/12/2021 05:58:00

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
This is a beautiful image of the flamingoes in the wild! I really like the reflections of them and the layering from the foreground, the water, the sandbar, etc. My preference is to leave all that in as I feel it gives more context to where you saw the flamingoes. Beautiful image!   Posted: 10/15/2021 17:05:35


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