Ally Green  

Not Listening by Ally Green

January 2022 - Not Listening

January 2022 - Ally Green


About the Image(s)

In Botswana in May these Lilac Breasted Rollers were sitting on a branch and I liked their pose with one of them ignoring the other…I have another image with them both looking forward but thought this one told more of a story. In post I added a filter in ColorEfex Pro to bring out the colours more. Shot with my Canon 100-400mm 1/200 F5.6 ISO 100.

11 comments posted

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful moment well captured. I love the story. The bird on the left is in such a graceful curved pose, and the catch light in his eye is perfect. The aloof pose of the other is priceless. Your processing brought out the bird's colors well. AND-- I think there is another image here. I would also crop to isolate the bird on the left. His pose is so graceful that it could well stand alone. For this crop I would selectively tone down the sky, and add a slight feathered light vignette.   Posted: 01/11/2022 19:33:08
Ally Green   Ally Green
Yes i was thinking that the bird on the left could be a stand alone so will try that. Thanks Judith.   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:05:27

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Very pretty birds and I like the background as well. I agree with Judith on the sky and a very slight vignette. Being one who believes that all things are a go, I might consider taking a slice out of the middle and having the birds closer to one another and cropped in tighter to show off their beauty.   Posted: 01/12/2022 13:16:59

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
What a lovely image. The colors of the birds are engaging. I think a crop and vignette would work well as suggested. Additionally a once over dodge on the eyes would bring them out. You have a catch light in the left bird and a yellow pupil in the bird on the right.   Posted: 01/14/2022 06:07:05

LC Boros   LC Boros
Nice capture. If altering the distance between as others suggested them isn't your thing consider cropping to remove more of the sky. Also a gradient mask above and below to dampen down the sky might be interesting to see.
  Posted: 01/14/2022 23:29:02
Ally Green   Ally Green
Yes think that would be a good alternative so thanks!   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:03:55

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
My first thought when I looked at this image was the same as Mike's- take a chunk out of the middle to get the birds closer together. I also thought about flipping the bird on the right so that they are sort of facing each other. I thought I would give it a try, so pulled it into PS. I discovered that the image is pretty small - about 2.5X3.5 inches - so taking that chunk out would result in a very tiny image, but I still thought it would be worth a try. It was not difficult to do, but the tones in the sky that resulted were not well matched so it would take some work to get that right. In my opinon those steps would make a much more interesting image, but it would depend on what you intend to do with this image in the long run do determine whether or not it is worth the effort. The birds are sweet I think, but they were too far away. Seems like no lens is ever long enough, doesn't it?   Posted: 01/15/2022 09:15:52
Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Sharon and Mike for your comments and i do see what you mean so will give that some thought. If there was a 3rd bird to fill the space then that would be the perfect image!   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:03:05
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Right...I didn't think of this earlier, but how about copying one of the birds and putting it in the middle? Maybe flipping one or using transform so they are absolutley identical...just a thought.   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:05:07
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Once that idea was in my head I couldn't resist trying it. This is a really sloppy job and would need retouching, but it could work.   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:15:30
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Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Lilac breasted rollers are on the of most beautiful birds in Africa in my opinion. I have an image of one framed on my living room wall. I think cropping it into a panorama would help put more focus on the birds. Others have some interesting suggestions and yes it would require some work to take out a section or add another bird. For me that is just not the time and effort I want to put into an image. I just did a simple crop in Topaz Studio.   Posted: 01/16/2022 18:30:18
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