Vella Kendall  

Neotropic Cormorant by Vella Kendall

August 2022 - Neotropic Cormorant

August 2022 - Vella Kendall


About the Image(s)

Canon 7DII Canon 100-400mmII, no extender
ISO 400 1/2500 f/5.6 400mm

Taken in Pantanal from a boat. Took into DXO for its Prime Noise Reduction and Clearview. Then in Lightroom, cropped it, adjusted white and black points. Used subject select mask to lighten the cormorant and catfish and tried to give some sharpness with clarity and texture. Further lightened the catfish. Inverted the subject and darkened the background

9 comments posted

R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
This is a nice action shot of the Cormorant fishing. Very unique! Too bad you could not have gotten closer. From my experience when I take pictures of moving birds I start with an ISO no less than 1600. This may have given you more light for the capture.   Posted: 08/04/2022 08:16:31
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
With the 7Dii I was always afraid of noise.   Posted: 08/07/2022 21:43:11

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Vella, great capture of the carmorant with breading colors (the blue in the eyes) and with a very large catfish, that will need some maneuvering (birds have no hands...) to swallow it. The image (original) is very dark so I am guessing it was early in the morning or late afternoon. I agree with Gary that your ISO setting was kind of low. I normally use auto ISO which overrides that problem and always work in manual selecting f/stop and speed. Your PP did bring some detail to the bird and fish, but still is dark. I took the image to ACR and just used the auto adjust and it looks much better   Posted: 08/04/2022 18:24:12
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thank you, it really pops now. Wish I could go back and retake.   Posted: 08/07/2022 21:44:34

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Great action shot, Vella. The image does look a bit dark and I go along with the view that a higher ISO would have helped. I find that Topaz DeNoise AI and ON1 RAW NoNoise AI are both excellent at getting rid of high ISO noise while still preserving the details. I wonder how the cormorant manged to eat that great big catfish.   Posted: 08/10/2022 11:19:11

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Your image completes a Nature story of the moment. Isaacs master stroke strengthens your image in that there is now more definition in the subject and the pleasing soft background. I would have set the ISO to 1600 for this photo op as Auto ISO has never worked for me. I find it a help for tripod mounted scapes but trying to capture moving subjects using Auto ISO grants me with too many soft images.   Posted: 08/13/2022 05:47:38
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Very good advice, I am now trying to be more cognizant of my ISO.   Posted: 08/13/2022 15:49:44

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Vella
What a fabulous nature shot you really captured the action and from a moving boat as well Kudos I do a lot of fast jet photography at air shows and for that I am never below1/1500 sec shutter speed on auto ISO which on a bright day could be as low as 400 and on an overcast day it could be as high 1500/ 2000 and I have never had a noise problem Isaacs edit has really given a wonderful nature image some pop   Posted: 08/16/2022 14:38:42

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I agree, Issac has really elevated it.   Posted: 08/16/2022 18:51:31


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