Don Poulton  

Purple Martin by Don Poulton

July 2024 - Purple Martin

About the Image(s)

Last week, a group of us from the camera club went on an outing at a wetland area near the shore of Lake Ontario where purple martin apartment houses had been put up. I got lots of shots of purple martins going about their lives, including this one of a male that had captured an insect, possibly to feed one of the young.

I used my Canon 7D Mark II, 100-400mm lens at 400, and 1.4x converter. Exposure was 1/1000 at f/8. In Lightroom I adjusted the exposure slightly, lightened the eye and cropped a bit. That was the totality of processing, was really close to "SOOC".

2 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Great capture with the beak-full of food. Some good definition in the feathers which can be difficult with dark plumage. Position on the branch is fine. In UK, competition judges have an unkind definition 'Bird on a stick', but I can't think that this applies to this image!   Posted: 07/11/2024 02:59:41

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
We don't get purple martins out here in the west. They are such great insect eaters, I wish we had them. Detail good, insect in beak a nice added touch, lighting good, colors perfect. Didn't realize judges don't like "bird on a stick" since unless they are in flight, that's where they sit.   Posted: 07/11/2024 10:14:32


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