Hoshedar Cooper  


Morning Flight by Hoshedar Cooper

July 2021 - Morning Flight

About the Image(s)

I would really appreciate very frank and forthright feedback on this image as I have had a very divisive response from my own group. I tried a different approach instead of taking the birds in flight with the light on them, to achieve the silhouette effect. Maybe the composition is not the best, but I really want to understand where am I going wrong with my approach.

Specs are as follows: Nikon Z7ii, 200mm, F6.3, shutter speed 1/2000, aperture priority, WB- cloudy. Minimum processing in PS adjusting the contrast a bit to bring the silhouette effect.


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9 comments posted




Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I think this is a lovely silhouette image. I one were to get very picky, they might say that the birds should be flying toward you; however, I don't feel that way. I don't remember who the photographer was, but I remember an image I saw in my first photography class that was similar to this by a famous photographer, and the birds were all flying away from the camera. It was an award winner.   Posted: 07/04/2021 15:17:33



Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
I enjoy silhouettes and this is a very nice one. My only comment is that my eyes do not come to rest any particular place. I say this without any sense of what you can do to correct it, it is not as if you can have the birds do it again. Perhaps there is something you could do to bring the focus the the group of three birds in the center.
Having said that, I should point out that I would be very happy to have taken this picture.   Posted: 07/08/2021 11:17:52
Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Thank you Peter. I understand your view point. A focus area in the image would have been nice. Just did not have the time. Just saw them in time. But your comment is well noted and will bear that in mind in the future. A telephoto lens with higher focal length would have helped.   Posted: 07/09/2021 04:31:05



Lori Azevedo
(Group 10)
As I scrolled through this months images your photo jumped right out to me. I love it. I a sucker for silhouettes. The legs of the birds all dangling down shows the captured moment. Great job.   Posted: 07/12/2021 18:18:41



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
A very nice silhouette. There may be no one center of interest, but it is not needed as the birds go from side to side. The legs hanging down add interest.   Posted: 07/13/2021 16:14:11



Tony Tam   Tony Tam
You have another interesting silhouette image. All the birds fly in various poses with their legs handing down. There is a little pity that some birds are overlap the others.   Posted: 07/15/2021 12:55:20



Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Because the photo is being shown in a dark background, a white border would separate the bottom of the photo from the background. The silhouette of the trees could be cropped slightly tighter. I love the orange light and the bird's sharpness. You should have had the camera on multiple so you could choose a photo where there aren'e any superimposed bird. If this is purely pictorial, you can use photoshop to eliminate some birds by carefully filling them with the background. I am really impressed with what you captured!   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:15:21



Grace Lee   Grace Lee
I like the Backlight and enjoy the fly away birds. It is a nice silhouette image.   Posted: 07/17/2021 00:50:18



Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Hoshedar, I like your silhouette, the technical aspects are controlled well, the warm tone of the sky really adds and the lovely hanging legs. To me the one element not developed here is the wow factor. In my opinion to achieve that you would significantly crop in to almost fill the frame with one, three or perhaps up to five birds doing something of strong interest simultaneously. Then in the way of a minor pick, unless entering into Nature, underneath the lowest bird on the right side, eliminate the small branch conflicting with the leg. Hope that helps.   Posted: 07/18/2021 10:59:28