Alane Shoemaker  


Cartagena Macaw by Alane Shoemaker

January 2022 - Cartagena Macaw

About the Image(s)

I just returned from an exciting ten day trip that included Cartagena, Columbia. The nature preserve there is amazing, and my intention was to capture the vibrant colors and interesting expression of this energetic macaw. My Nikon battery had died in the heat, so I used my iPhone 12 Pro Max to take the picture. I cropped the picture in Photoshop Elements and burned and desaturated the bright green foliage in the background. I enhanced the resolution in Lightroom.


iPhone 12 Pro Max back triple camera 7.5mm f/2.2
Aperture 2.275
Exposure 1/120
ISO 50


6 comments posted




Richard Story   Richard Story
ALANE,
FIRST OFF, THE RESERVE IS IT THE NATIONAL AVIARY OUT IN THE COUNTRY OR THE RESERVE AT THE CRUISE SHIP DOCKS?
I ENT TO THE NATIONAL AVAIRY EXPECTING TO SEE SOME EXOTIC SPECIES, MOSTLY THEY WERE EXOTIC TO THEM, BUT LIVE I MY BACKYARD IN FLORIDA, LESSON LEARNED.
PERHAPS YOU LEARNED A LESSON ALSO, HAVE BACK UP BATTERIES, I SAY THAT IN PURALS, IM ON A TRIP RIGHT NOW AND HAVE THREE CAMERAS AND TEN BATTERIES AND TWO CHARGERS,I GOT CAUGHT WITH DEAD BATTERIES BEFORE TOO...

BUT WHO NEEDS A CAMERA WHEN THEY HAVE A PHONE!!!!
YOUR IMAGE IS NICE AND SHARP, COLORS ARE WELL HANDLED,
A LITTLE MORE EXPOSURE ON THE FACE ESPECIALLY THE EYE(ALWAYS THE EYE) ITS SHARP BUT NOT VERY BRIGHT TO ME.
THE PROCESSING HAS GIVEN A GLOW AROUND THE MACAW'S HEAD, AND AN UNNATURAL LOOK TO THE BACKGROUND.
MIGHT ADD A LITTLE ROOM ON TOP, THE HEAD IS CROWDING THE TOP

BUT A NICE BAILOUT SHOT
  Posted: 01/02/2022 22:36:39



Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What a fun image (and in my book that is a complement). The subject is well presented in both clarity and color. The personality of this critter really comes out effectively. I agree with the comments made earlier by Richard. I too would have like to see a bit more space around the subject. Here he (or she) looks a bit crowded in the image. I also noted the apparent "halo" around the critter. Perhaps this might be due to how you made your selections (and mask if you used them in your processing). If this were my image I might be tempted to clone some of the background foliage around the bird to add a bit more background uniformity when the bird meets the background. I like though, how you addressed this to some extent with your burning and desaturation efforts. It's so easy to miss these types of things in our own images. It happens to me often. We get so used to seeing the images (as we live with the images from "cradle to grave") that we tend to look past these types of issues. Nice Job though in presenting this image to us.   Posted: 01/04/2022 19:18:24



Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Alane: Richard and Charles G. make some good points, will comment on another area I think could be improved upon, and that is the somewhat busy green background at the top of the picture around the head. In my personal opinion the background area is too much in focus and takes your attention away from that beautiful bird. It would help this picture a lot if you would consider darkening that area somewhat, and even the large branch in back of the head.
Cell phones provide a lot of depth of field, so it is hard to keep the background from becoming busy. A really good diffused background will help many close in pictures. Great Subject.   Posted: 01/04/2022 19:53:01



Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Alane,
Nice portrait of this beautiful macaw. Sharp details and vibrant colors add to the image. You managed to capture a nice pose. I agree with Murphy, Richard, and Charles about the background. Darkening the background would make the bird pop.   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:21:30



Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Wow, what more can I add to the comments. Nice colorful photo, well presented.   Posted: 01/07/2022 13:06:02



Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Hi Alane, I agree with the previous comments in regards to the background being too busy and the head of the bird being too close to the top of the frame.
However, the colors are bright, the focus is sharp and it's a nice close up portrait. Cell phones are great in emergencies and otherwise.
  Posted: 01/13/2022 14:07:01



 

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