Pamela Hoaglund  


Violet-green Swallow by Pamela Hoaglund

June 2022 - Violet-green Swallow

June 2022 - Pamela Hoaglund

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About the Image(s)

I was at a nature preserve to photograph some of the waterfowl. As I was standing on the boardwalk this violet-green swallow landed on the railing near me. Not expecting a swallow to land so near me and then just sit there for a bit was surprising. My camera was set in a custom mode for action shots. Thus my Sony 7RM3 was set to 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and auto ISO which came out at 3200. I was using my Sony 70-300 lens. Post processed in ON1 2022. I didn’t want the railing in the image so I cropped into a portrait of this beautiful bird. My normal processing is to set the white and black points, add dynamic contrast, sharpening and a slight vignette. With the high ISO I also put it through ON1’s NoNoise which is in the develop module so the image doesn’t get exported as a Tiff.


6 comments posted




Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I love this image. The tight crop works beautifully and the image retains wonderful detail. I don't have any suggestions but if I stretch and nitpick, I'd remove the tiny white spot on the back green feathers and the one longer one on the blue feathers.   Posted: 06/05/2022 16:18:56



Ally Green   Ally Green
Gorgeous image. So fun photographing the colourful birds at this time of you and you certainly picked a good one! Really like your crop and all the detail about the bird.   Posted: 06/06/2022 11:18:53



Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Bravo for capturing this unexpected gem. The close crop produced an atypical view of this beautiful bird. The image is tack sharp and the level of detail and the catch light in the eye are wonderful. The feather colors are striking, and the background color and bokeh provide the perfect setting. Best of all I love the bird's expression.   Posted: 06/15/2022 13:55:23



Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
This is a beautiful bird portrait and I think you have captured it well. I don't believe we have this species in my part of the county; however, we have several other types of swallows and I know how fast and erratic their flight is. You were fortunate to capture one who was at least momentarily still. I think the tack shapr eye and the catch light you captured make this image stunning. Nice work.   Posted: 06/19/2022 10:52:13



LC Boros   LC Boros
A nice shot: on my monitors it's crisp and sharp and the colors are well done. I like the crop especially since the original was pretty far away and had the railing in present.

Oye! somehow or other I failed to post my write-ups so everyone is getting a before and after review to make up for my mistake. Still not sure how it happened…wasn't until I went to post my Group2 reviews that I noticed the issue.

Second viewing and reading through the others comments:
My only added suggestion would be to play around with the background: try some other curves and see what you get as more complimentary hue might really make the blues and greens of the bird pop even more.
  Posted: 06/24/2022 14:17:33



LC Boros   LC Boros
Wow…that's a lot of commitment! All your work paid off. My only kvetch is the thorax is a bit dark and soft: a little selective masking might help the issue. Might want to darken down the background a bit to really make the subject pop more.

Oye! somehow or other I failed to post my write-ups so everyone is getting a before and after review to make up for my mistake. Still not sure how it happened…wasn't until I went to post my Group2 reviews that I noticed the issue.

Second viewing and reading through the others comments:

Mike's idea of tilting made me think a full 90 degree rotation would really make for a novel shot especially if you are going to use it for another card like one of your last images.
  Posted: 06/24/2022 14:18:01



 

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