Judy Merson  

Green Heron Fishing from Branch by Judy Merson

October 2021 - Green Heron Fishing from Branch

About the Image(s)

I call this Green Heron fishing from branch. I took this as a jpeg with my 4 mp Kodak DX6490 all in one camera That was the first camera I used when I started taking digital pictures in 2003.The metadata was 1/250 at f3.7 63 mm lens ( I think this was 380 mm in 35 mm equivalent) ISO 80
With the magic of new software Lightroom then Topaz Jpeg to Raw and Topaz Gigapixel and back to Photoshop I was able to get this image
I moved a piece of grass crossing his face

7 comments posted

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
The green herons are a favorite of mine. You managed to catch this one in a very advantageous pose. It's an overall very attractive presentation. However, I think that the post processing is overdone. The wing coverings and the legs have a feel as though they have been drawn in. They need to be softened to blend more sympathetically with the overall image, in my view.   Posted: 10/05/2021 18:34:28

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
Great picture, unfortunately I am not a bird shooter. The sharpness of the head could be improved a little.   Posted: 10/06/2021 10:33:03

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
Very nice closeup of the bird. I agree with Jon that it feels a bit over processed as most of the objects have over sharpening halos.   Posted: 10/06/2021 18:42:44

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
We have a lot of little green herons here in Louisiana and they are so much fun to watch and photograph. This is a great capture of this bird doing it's thing. This was a valiant try considering the size of the image you started with.   Posted: 10/07/2021 18:59:29

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Love the composition of this. I can see where you removed the grass from his face, because it is just a touch blurry there, but overall I think it is a great image. I love going through my old photos as well.   Posted: 10/11/2021 12:39:39

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
The position of the bird in its environment is excellent. I even like that it has one foot on the branch above water and the other, slightly into the water as the stick dips underwater. Sometimes there is only so much you can do with an image and I think this is the case here. Topaz Gigapixel did a lot for this image, I imagine, but it has lost detail and does look processed. As is, I think it looks more like a painting. Perhaps go even more in that direction. Play around with it more and make it look more painterly or more abstract.   Posted: 10/11/2021 15:23:46

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Good catch getting the bird still and in good lighting. The feathers on the back and head have a wax coating but this may be the natural apparence so take my comment with a grain of salt.

Nice shot.   Posted: 10/17/2021 14:34:11


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