Harley Rubens  

Limpkin by Harley Rubens

May 2022 - Limpkin

May 2022 - Harley Rubens


About the Image(s)

Image Limpkin going for snails. Saw this a while ago in Florida

Shot with Canon T3i, ISO 120, f6.3, at 1/500 sec and 270 mm. Processed with Photoshop CC, Topaz Denoise and Topaz Sharpen. I put in a gradient on a mask for depth of field backed by a bird image (masked out) with a gaussian blur. I initially took out the snail but put it back since it is charistic of Limpkins to eat snails.

7 comments posted

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Wonderful Limpkin photo Harley. I think the sharp detail and saturated colors bring it to life for the viewer. You have done a good job de-focusing the background to keep the viewers eye on the bird. Normally I would not suggest taking a shot of the back of a bird, but in this case you are leading the viewer to see what the bird is seeing and that is lunch--the apple snail. Yum! My only suggestion would be to lessen the blur on the snail since it is the secondary subject in you image. I have taken many a Limpkin shot and this is a great one.   Posted: 05/10/2022 12:29:12

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I really like this image. I can feel energy and purpose. That bird has a place to be! The ripples around the feet show motion. The color and focus of background complement this bird perfectly. Colorful but not overwhelming. I agree with Bruce, I think the snail is an important part of the picture.   Posted: 05/10/2022 12:39:30

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Hi Harley, I love taking images of Birds. I like to see their habits and try to understand their movements and what they are going to do next. I took this image into camera raw and selected the subject and inverted the image and made the background darker and lower the texture to have the birds head not blend into the background.   Posted: 05/10/2022 15:50:43
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Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Thanks. I did the same but not so much. I like yours. Thank you Linda.   Posted: 05/10/2022 18:32:19

Leo Chow   Leo Chow
Good shot! The image has a story to tell concerning the seeking of food by the bird. I agree with Bruce and Mark that the snail is also an important part of the picture. I also like the bird stands out from the background.   Posted: 05/10/2022 20:43:17

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
Pretty bird, love the texture in the feathers. To my eye, This image is a bit oversaturated and everything blends together. I would like to see some tonal differences and perhaps make the background darker. At present the grasses or trees are blending in with his tail in the water because they are all the same tone.
Does this bird have that strong gold? I don't think I have ever seen one so I don't know. It just looks a bit cooked. The "escargot" really doesn't make or break the image and if that is what he/she is having for lunch , so be it. The eye is sharp but there is a white glow right by it which I find distracting. Also, the end of it's beak gets very fuzzy. ( You might give it a go with the pen tool in PS to fix it, if you wanted too.)
If you want a twofer, You could crop into it's back and make a wonderful abstract with the feathers!!!!!
  Posted: 05/11/2022 23:47:27

Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
I like the moment you've captured here, Harley. The time of day was perfect. The warm color and texture on the limpkin (I learned a new word today!) really makes this image pop. You did a nice job separating our friend from the background. I agree with Mark that the ripples around the feet really add something to the image. The snail is almost a distraction, but knowing now that this is what limpkins eat, it gives the image a purpose. Nice work!   Posted: 05/12/2022 06:39:36


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