Jim Horn, QPSA  

Peregrine Falcon Attack by Jim Horn, QPSA

September 2021 - Peregrine Falcon Attack

September 2021 - Jim Horn, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Sony α7Riv, Sony FE 200-600 5.6-6.3 G lens, 1.4x tele-converter, 840mm, 1/3000 seconds, f/9, ISO 800, RSS tripod, gimble. I photograph eagles at Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam often. For two years a pair of Peregrine Falcons attack eagles and I finally got this image of the eagle rolling over to fend off the attack. In Photoshop I used Camera Raw filter, correct distortions, reduce shadows, clarity, contrast, dehaze, resized the image from 300 dpi to 600 dpi. I finished with the newest versions of Topaz Sharpener AI and DeNoise AI. I chose 1/3000 and ISO 800 because it was a very bright hazy day instead of shooting at 1/2000 at ISO 2000.
I used the clone tool to clean up the edges of both birds. I did a lot of post-processing on this. I know I needed a better original to start with. Any suggestions on what to do if I was to start over?

5 comments posted

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
Great capture of such a brief moment in time. I'm learning that capturing birds in flight is not an easy task.

You used the clone tool to clean up the edges of the birds, however, I do see significant halos around parts of the birds, especially "north" or top edges of wings and feathers. You might consider desaturating the yellow a bit. My eye goes directly to the yellow parts because it is so bright.   Posted: 09/08/2021 12:51:26
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, thanks for the closer examination. I'll clean it up.
I assume that only the wings need to have the yellow desaturated - not the beak, talon or anywhere on the falcon. Jim   Posted: 09/08/2021 18:42:32
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, thank you for your suggestion. Here's my next rendition.   Posted: 09/11/2021 15:08:57
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Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Jim This is a great shot. You have captured both birds with great detail.

I am sure you will do very well with this photo in a nature competition (of course you may have to edit without cloning).

I agree with yellow color saturation. I think it is a good idea to desaturate yellow except for the head of the bird below. The yellow head makes it more visible and takes the eye direct to the head.   Posted: 09/11/2021 23:05:14

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Fantastic shot. The aura's are caused by the camera and can be removed without disqualifying the phot. The is quite specific about cloning out imperfections caused by the equipment. I would not desaturate the yellow beak and clawsof the eagle. I don't see yellow other than the sunlight reflecting off the leading edge of the eagle's wings. I like it the it is.   Posted: 09/13/2021 12:46:52


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