Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Breakfast Time - Snowy Egret Family by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

July 2024 - Breakfast Time - Snowy Egret Family

About the Image(s)

How I did it—Betty Sue and I drive to the Alligator Farm April, May and June each year to enjoy and capture the nest building, procreation and birth of the new bird generation. One of my favorite images was “Breakfast time-Snowy Egret Family” It provided me with a strong Nature story, offering good color. My tools for the day, OM1 Mark 11body and OM1 150 to 400mm f4.5 lens, hand held. My settings were Auto ISO, f7.1@1600th of a second.

6 comments posted

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Erik, Mom is feeding the kids in an orderly fashion, and there is no pandemonium of them trying to pick on each others eyes or the eyes on Mom in a desperate way. The image is very sharp, and the colors are well handled and not saturated. I find the green branch to be obstructing and distracting. There is enough information in the image for a tighter crop, still showing the essence of it.   Posted: 07/02/2024 11:36:56
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Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Erik, thanks for a super nature shot. Lighting is good, background nicely subdued and the birds are sharp. I am fascinated by how 'spiky' the chicks look! I agree with Isaac on cropping out the bright green foreground leaves and branch.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:01:10

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I really like the interaction with the parent and the chicks. The problem as I see it is composition and lighting. I would definitely crop the right side and create a vertical composition. Next, I would use the masking tools in Photoshop and lighten the chick in shadows. The masking tools are incredibly useful, and I would encourage everyone to learn and use them. Obviously they can't be used on Nature subject in PSA exhibitions.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:56:23
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R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Erik, this is a very compelling nature shot. I love to see the interaction of the parent with the chicks, but would always draw my eye is the looks on the chicks faces. You have captured that perfectly. From your experience can three of these chicks survive to fledging from the nest? Can the parents feed three of them successfully? Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 07/08/2024 19:20:18
Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Gary, yes they will survive being fed by the mother. Occasionally one of the siblings would hurt the weakest link. The other option to survive is not to fall from the nest and become an alligator's snack.   Posted: 07/09/2024 09:06:54

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Lovely nature photo, the chicks are very sharp and we can see their eyes, their positions are spot on to drive the narrative. I do like the idea of brightening the chicks and perhaps darken the lower left hand corner a tad. I always look forward to your photos from Alligator farm.   Posted: 07/11/2024 19:17:35


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