Sylvia Bacon  

“America Oystercatcher” by Sylvia Bacon

July 2024 - “America Oystercatcher”

July 2024 - Sylvia Bacon


About the Image(s)

This was taken several years ago on the Kiawah River at Kiawah Island, SC. It is always a treat to see an oystercatcher! Any suggestions and thoughts would be appreciated, Thank you!

Edited in Adobe Camera Raw: basic sliders and masked the bird, oysters and water separately to bring out individual details. PS: dodge/ burn tools and cropped. Topaz Denoise ai to remove noise.

Nikon D5000, Lens Nikon 70.0 -300.0 mm, Focal length 230.0 mm, Exposure 1/1600 sec, F/5.3, ISO 360, Shutter priority; Spot metering.

2 comments posted

Ted Evans   Ted Evans
Hi Sylvia,

Nice capture of an interesting predator. Welcome to the open oyster bar. This bird is unique in being able to open oysters with that huge bill. I like the interesting color of the eyes of the American Oystercatcher. Thanks for sharing   Posted: 07/09/2024 12:32:12

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Sylvia,
Nice capture of this American Pied Oystercatcher in its environment. Your crop works well, enhancing the bird that is a bit lost in the original image.
You followed the right steps in editing to bring out all the detail in the oysters and bird. However, I find that something isn't working well. the oysters behind the bird are sharper than the bird itself, and this detail catches my attention every time I look at the image. I suggest you reduce the sharpness in those oysters. Doing this will create the illusion of a sharper bird.

  Posted: 07/12/2024 23:41:47


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