Jo-Ann Rolle  

Flight from Disney by Jo-Ann Rolle

January 2022 - Flight from Disney

About the Image(s)

We had not been to Disney World, literally in decades. My daughter, grand-daughter and I made the inagural voyage in pursuit of a holiday re-treat from the last year of quarantine and isolation. The first two days were what would be expected of a theme park; I shot many images. The last day was at the newest park Safari - thats where I enjoyed capturing the images the most.

While I shot several images of most of the animals - this was the only shot of this bird in flight - it appeared to be coming straight at us then ascended in the sky.

Shot with a Cannon T8i - Post processing in Lightroom and Nik Define

3 comments posted

Craig Callan   Craig Callan
You were at the ready for this shot and I applaud you for your readiness and quick eye. Wild birds are so common here in Florida that we too often ignore them. We have a Black-Crested Night Heron that nests by our house. His neighborhood name is Fred. He comes and sits by the grill when I cook outside, and since herons are carnivores, I give him a little scrap of whatever I'm cooking. Since he usually sits about 7 feet from me, I'll remember to bring my camera out next time I grill!
It is so hard to get sharp shots of birds in flight. A lot depends on the focus mode you choose, so you you should check your camera's manuals to get ideas for the correct settings to use.
The highlights wt the top are a little distracting, so let's see what we can do in Photoshop (all the corrections I did in PS are also available in Lightroom.)

• Cropped the image from the right top to better situate the subject by the Rule of Thirds.
• Applied a gradient mask in quick select and then darkened the top of the image to keep the viewer's eye in the frame
• With the gradient mask in place, selected the green from the bottom of the image and the set the brush to Color mode and 40% opacity to make the top color closer to the bottom.
• Created a vignette mask by making an oval selection with 40 pixel feathering, and then inverting the selection. With vignette mask in place, I then added 15% extra density with the Curves tool to darken the background and make the bird pop.
• Finally, I deselected the vignette mask, and used the Selet Object Tool to select the bird. I then opened the Camera Raw Filter in PS, and added Clarity, Dehaze, and Sharpening to add some sharpening to the image.
Total correction time: 4 minutes, 15 seconds.   Posted: 01/09/2022 16:31:21
Comment Image

David Kepley   David Kepley
Jo-Ann, Birds in flight are always fun1 Glad you took a shot at this vulture. My suggestions relate to the bright areas above the bird, which Craig has discussed better than I could. The other suggestion is that you should experiment with birds in flight using several different shutter speeds. You either want to make the wings completely still without blur, which means you need to take them at say 1/1500-2000 sec. or go with a slower shutter speed to blur the wings more (say 1/150 sec.). This would suggest the motion of the bird. Some camera also have settings that allow the camera's autofocus to more accurately track object in motion. My Canon 7D MarkII allows me to do that.   Posted: 01/12/2022 10:30:27

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
Birds in flight are a difficult subject. As David suggested, a very fast shutter speed is required to stop the motion of the bird. I like the aspect of the bird coming toward you.   Posted: 01/18/2022 11:01:58


Please log in to post a comment