Ron Spencer  

Great Egret by Ron Spencer

September 2023 - Great Egret

About the Image(s)

This is a Great Egret I got at Silver Springs, Florida. I liked his posture and the background. 1/250. f /9, ISO 800. 600 mm eqivalent. Crop and basic adjustments in LR, fixed some flaws in his bill (almost) in LR, then added some texture with Topaz 2

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13 comments posted

Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
I do not understand what you have done or what you are trying to do.   Posted: 09/04/2023 19:48:54
Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Nothing very deep, complex, or fabulous. Just a close up of a bird that I enjoyed, then I enjoyed manipulating the texture of the feathers and the colors. It certainly could have been sharper and composed better, but I found the overall effect pleasing. No grand design, no other task or vision to accomplish. One either kind of likes it or not, nothing more to understand. Thanks for contemplating it, though   Posted: 09/04/2023 20:18:41

Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
Ok. Looks more like a painting and the blue is really dramatic. Very interesting.   Posted: 09/05/2023 07:02:11

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Ron, very nice job on a Great Egret. Having detail on a white bird is no easy task but you have accomplished it. The background bokeh is perfect. Super!   Posted: 09/05/2023 08:11:11

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
Definitely looks like a painting. The blue puts me off a bit. Probably because I'm very familiar with what these egrets look
like. Personally I would have liked to see more of the bird.   Posted: 09/05/2023 16:35:28
Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Thanks Leslie,
Totally agree, the color saturation was excessive. The crop too tight. Altogether just too liberally processed.   Posted: 09/12/2023 18:16:59

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
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Ron, indeed it is a painterly effect, but the color of the White Egret is completely off   Posted: 09/08/2023 13:09:36
Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Thanks Isaak,
I've got to agree. White is white, and the blue is artifact. It's sort of an over-enjoyment of colors on my part...same thing for us of Topaz 2 and the painterly effect. Which begs the question: Is "Painterly" OK in photography?   Posted: 09/12/2023 18:14:19

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Very good image Ron. Removed the blue cast that the egret had for some reason. Possibly white balance? What do you think Ron?   Posted: 09/08/2023 18:30:34
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Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Thanks Tom. I had a look back at the original, and I believe there was a bit of blue sky and or water reflection on the bird....then I overdid the saturation   Posted: 09/12/2023 18:08:09

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Sharp capture, perhaps a bit tight in the frame. Egrets can be difficult to capture and can tend to white-out. For egrets and swans I normally reset exposure down 1 - 2 stops and correct in photoshop. That way detail is usually preserved.   Posted: 09/09/2023 06:08:01
Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Thank you Mike. I agree, framed too tight.   Posted: 09/12/2023 18:06:31

Don Poulton   Don Poulton
I agree with Tom, the blue color cast doesn't seem natural. I also agree with Mike that it's a bit tight, needs some more space in front for him to move into. Perhaps the tools in the new Photoshop version can accomplish this.   Posted: 09/18/2023 10:52:53