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Wreathed Hornbill birds (Julang Emas) by Anges van der Logt

October 2021 - Wreathed Hornbill birds (Julang Emas)

About the Image(s)

A pair of wreathed hornbill birds in a safari park in Indonesia. These are known to be very romantic and loyal birds, often seen together (the female is the one with black feathers on the head). I only brightened up the shadows on the feathers of the female a bit, and also did a crop to focus more on the two birds. Any other things I could have done to improve the image you think?

6 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
It's a wonderful image of these unusual birds. I like that brightening opened up the shadows to draw out details in the feathers. I don't see any improvements needed. If you want, you might give a little more space at the top and darken the background all around. But as it is, it's very nice.
On an aside, the old saying "hen-pecked" came to mind when you identified the female. It made me smile looking at the bill 'pecking' and the male looking a bit annoyed.   Posted: 10/13/2021 09:11:08
Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Thanks for your input and comments!   Posted: 10/13/2021 11:16:03

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I agree with Belinda, if there was any more room at the top on the original, having some space there would help. There seems to be a branch coming off the head of the female that is only a minor distraction, and I am not sure if just a little more darkening of the branch might help.   Posted: 10/13/2021 09:41:45
Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Thanks for the input! Did not notice the branch before, but now I see it might distract.. will try to do something in post..   Posted: 10/13/2021 11:17:49

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
The interaction between the two birds is striking, and it does tell a love story. The composition is excellent, you managed to get detail on the female's feathers, and even to get some catch light on the male's eye. I like how the yellow on the male provides a focal point, and how it contrasts with the blue on the female. My only comment would be to try to separate the background from the two birds. I'm not sure how you could do it: maybe through selective blurring or perhaps brightening it a little?   Posted: 10/13/2021 17:39:13

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Anges, this is a wonderful storytelling nature image and would do well in any nature competition. The interaction of the 2 birds make it compelling as well as the colors of their feathers.
My only suggestion would be to lighten the eye of the bird on the right and maybe add a highlight into the eye.   Posted: 10/14/2021 13:25:40


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