Judith Lesnaw  

Winters  by Judith Lesnaw

June 2021 - Winters

June 2021 - Judith Lesnaw


About the Image(s)

n April of this year I spied this little bird sitting on a branch in my back yard. His expression seemed to reflect my sentiments. “Will Summer come and the pandemic go?” I captured the image with a Canon 80 D set to 1/640 sec; f 8.0; ISO 1600; and a Tamron 16-300 mm lens set to 300mm. Hand held. I cropped and performed adjustments in Lightroom.

6 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I think this is a little Black-capped Chickadee. I think there is some noise in the image from the high ISO that can easily be removed with Topaz DeNoise or a similar program. To me the bird looks a little soft. There is nice catch light in the eye. I think cropping it even tighter, maybe in a square format, would bring the chickadee more to the front and put more focus on him. I rarely try to photograph these little tweetie birds as they move too fast for me.   Posted: 06/12/2021 16:55:34

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
I photograph lots of these tweety birds because I installed feeders right outside a window. So shooting through a window (that is not always sparkling clean) no doubt contributed to the final image quality. I am making a photographic record of the visitors to that branch which I attached to the feeder for them to pose. Many of them do indeed dash off before I get the shot.
Thanks for the ID. I have trouble distinguishing the chickadee from the black capped sparrow.   Posted: 06/12/2021 19:08:58

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
The Black-capped Chickadee is one of my favorites - they have so much personality! They also do not sit still for very long, so good job with this capture. Overall, the image looks a bit noisy to me. My suggestion would be to start with the origian capture and do noise reduction first prior to any other post processing. The image is just a tad soft in my opinion, but I think that may be the result of shooting through the window.   Posted: 06/13/2021 11:52:03

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
A sweet shot of the Chickadee. The diagonal branch adds to the capture. I think a tighter crop would put more emphasis on the bird. It is small so the background competes. I like how you processed the background for color. The warm colors add to the color of the Chickadee. And yes, DeNoise would help the image.   Posted: 06/13/2021 14:24:12

LC Boros   LC Boros

Following on from Pamela's comment: either DeNoise or Topaz Sharpen AI will help with the softness in the contour feathers. Neither will help a lot with the feet though. :(

I love chickadees. They're such punchy little things.

I suspect the lack of sharpness isn't from your window (I shoot through dual pane a lot) but because you're at the extreme end of your lens's range -- many reviews cite the same issue. Possible other remedies besides soapy water and squeegee: tripod or monopod to help stabilize; back off a a bit from maximum zoom and then rely on a bit more cropping; shoot in either time or aperture priority if you aren't already and let the camera handle the rest.   Posted: 06/15/2021 01:38:20

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
You have a nice image of the Chickadee. I like the out of focus background. I agree regarding the sharpness and cropping .I took your image and ran it through Topaz studio 2, then it went through Topaz DeNoise Ai and Topaz Sharpen Ai. As I felt that you had a lot of dead space on the right side, I cropped it out. This brought the bird closer and you now can see the sparkle in the birds eye. I also added a small white frame (3pix) around the image, which also brings you eye directly to the Chickadee.   Posted: 06/17/2021 10:34:00
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