Richard Story  


evening home coming by Richard Story

January 2022 - evening home coming

About the Image(s)

CANON R5
500mm
F/5.6
1/3200
ISO 640

THIS WAS TAKEN IN ROCKPORT TEXAS..IN TOWN...
THEY HAVE A ROCKERY IN IN TOWN, LAST YEAR I VISITED IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND ATLEAST 40 OR 50 NESTING PAIRS, WERE THERE, THIS YEAR I WENT EARLIER BUT STILL FOUND MAYBE 20 PAIRS.
SO KNOWING THAT THE SETTING SUN WOULD PROVIDE BEAUTIFUL SOFT LIGHT, I WENT BACK TO THIS SITE THREE EVENINGS AND WAS REWARDED WITH THIS SHOT.
I DON'T USUALLY DO BIRDS ON A STICK, BUT THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THESE TWO MAKES IT WORK.
SOME MAY NOT LIKE SEEING ALL THE STICKS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE FRAME BUT THAT'S NATURE, AND I DON'T MESS WITH NATURE.
I DID CROP A LITTLE AND SOME LR ADJUSTMENTS OF COURSE. THEN THE STROKE IN PS JUST TO GIVE IT A LITTLE POP.


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2 comments posted




Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
What a stunning moment to capture and the evening light was a brilliant decision. I think the placement on the sticky bush adds nicely to the story. I might have tried to clone out the one main stick across the legs of heron on left but I totally understand your thinking. I would be ever so happy to have caught this moment. My only wish here is that you would have brought the exposure down a bit in camera so none of the whites were blown out even if it meant adding noise when bringing up the shadows in post. Personally I always struggle with birds that have both dark and white to get the right exposure‚Ķespecially in the drama of the moment!   Posted: 01/13/2022 10:39:09



Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Concur on the lighting. Seeing this really reminds me of the caveat in the ND definition about the importance of the nature "story." It makes it. Frankly, I don't mind the sticks/nesting material, which I think are sufficiently...homogenous? that they don't interfere with the image and kind of act to frame the pair. I dig the razor sharp beady little eye, and am not seeing anything overexposes (I did a little pixel peeping and can still see a touch of detail in the whites). So, short story, good planning and execution pays off.   Posted: 01/16/2022 19:43:15