Richard Matheny  

Muddy White Ibis by Richard Matheny

September 2023 - Muddy White Ibis

September 2023 - Richard Matheny


About the Image(s)

I have titled this image the Muddy White Ibis. This guy had been feeding in the Muddy Salt Marsh.
Nikon D500 with a 70-200mm lens and a 1to4 teleconverter. Handheld, ISO 640, 1/4000 sec at f4.
Post processed in Lightroom with a small crop and some adjustments to the background to give more detail to the marsh grass. I use a radial Gradient mask to add some highlight the Ibis and added texture, clarity and a little dehaze to the Ibis.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
(Groups 21 & 48 & 71)
Richard, your Ibis is terrific! Your selective focus is super. Might crop just slightly closer since he is so sharp. Well done.   Posted: 09/13/2023 07:36:16
Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
(Group 67)
Thanks, Tom for the comments. I guess I was thinking about keeping the bird close to the 1/3 intersecting lines. Also, I always want to leave a little room in front of and animal, so it has somewhere to go. In this case someplace to land. You are correct I could have cropped just a little tighter.   Posted: 09/13/2023 19:04:08

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Richard, your have taken this image in the right moment, it has the right balance between the sharp bird and the blur background. well done.   Posted: 09/13/2023 16:41:59
Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
(Group 67)
Thanks, Maria, for your comments. Sometimes the birds cooperate and help with the composition..   Posted: 09/13/2023 19:06:10

Marilyn Ross   Marilyn Ross
Well captured. Very sharp image with a complementary background. I also might consider cropping closer. Well done.   Posted: 09/16/2023 19:12:25
Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
(Group 67)
Thank you, Marilyn, for your comment. I Thought about cropping a little, but it is so seldom that I make a photo that does not demand correction I could not bring myself to do a crop.   Posted: 09/25/2023 05:34:43

Sylvia Bacon   Sylvia Bacon
I agree with your thinking and giving the bird plenty of space to land although, should you elect to crop it a bit, maybe just a little bit on the left side. This is a great picture!   Posted: 09/24/2023 15:08:31
Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
(Group 67)
Thanks Sylvia. I will admit that the first thing I usually do to my images is to crop. On this shot it really was not a mandatory first step, although a little crop would not have hurt the image. I really like the spring green color of the Spartina Grass of the salt marsh.   Posted: 09/25/2023 05:46:00

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I love the soft lighting and the tones and the drop coming off of its beak.Beautiful!

There seems to be a slight cyan color cast coming off of the wings but except for that is is wonderful. I added a color blend mode layer and removed the color cast (might have been able to do it with a hue/sat adjustment layer or color mixer in ACR.   Posted: 09/27/2023 01:14:55
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