Jody Coker  

Not All of Them by Jody Coker

May 2023 - Not All of Them

About the Image(s)

As the title suggest, not all of the birds are white ibis. ;-)
This was taken totally at the wrong time of day, high noon and white birds don’t play well together lol

Photo was taken with a Canon 5D make iv body with a Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM @ 400mm Settings, iso 100, f6.3, 1/1250s, exposure bias -0.7

11 comments posted

Bill Ballard   Bill Ballard
Birds in flight are always nice to capture and finding a flock is a bonus. In looking at the image the tops of bird's wings seem blown out from reflected sunlight. I note you lowered exposure, but maybe it could have been reduced more. At ISO 100 you should have a lot to work with in a raw file. This photo is a good example of a time when multiple exposures (HDR) in burst mode could be used. You would then have a selection of exposures to choose from. It looks like a photo filter effect or Lut was used in editing which created the yellowish sky and greenish vegetation. I feel this image would look better in black and white. My example is making this a Low Key Black and White because of the high contrast. The image could also be a silhouette.   Posted: 05/04/2023 18:40:00
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Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Thanks for the input Bill. This was one of those images taken with the all the wrong settings, but I liked the image.
A bit of the back story, I was heading back to my truck after photographing wading birds in the reeds. When this flock of Ibis came in to land, so you might say I was shooting from the hip :-). The sun was high and bright, so the tops of the birds and the sky are so totally blown out there was no detail left. I looked at doing the edit in B&W but felt like B&W was the expected edit and I was hoping for something fresh. The color adjustment was done using LAB color adjustments in Affinity Photo. I do agree with losing the lower birds.   Posted: 05/18/2023 18:43:02
Bill Ballard   Bill Ballard
Thanks for the further info on your image. We do the best with what we are given and you did.   Posted: 05/18/2023 19:09:55

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
I agree with Bill's changes He used the theme of not all of them to clone out several lower birds I would take out the lowest bird on the left also
I agree that it works better in black and white   Posted: 05/05/2023 01:52:57
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Thanks Judy, please see my reply to Bill   Posted: 05/18/2023 18:43:45

Walter Ho   Walter Ho
Good that none of the birds in the lighter background merge together. The bright light of the day does bring out the sharpness of the bird contours. Without the bottom half with the dark background, it does give the effect of a chinese ink painting.   Posted: 05/06/2023 00:16:31
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Thanks Walter, I like the ink idea. Please see my reply to Bill   Posted: 05/18/2023 18:47:21

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I prefer the bw for this image. I think cloning out the lower flying birds works as well as they are not well defined against the hills in the background.   Posted: 05/06/2023 14:52:25
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Thanks Dorinda , please see my reply to Bill   Posted: 05/18/2023 18:44:26

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
The "not all of them" may be juvenile whites. The bills and other attributes would make it seem so. I agree with Dorinda that the image is improved with the low flying birds removed. Still, the overall photo is very nice.
  Posted: 05/14/2023 15:44:59
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
There is one bird in the bunch that is not a White Ibis LOL. The first bird on the left center is a White Heron.
  Posted: 05/18/2023 18:09:56


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