Peter Newman  

Gulp by Peter Newman

September 2021 - Gulp

About the Image(s)

Shot on Sanibel Island, Ding Darling Refuge. Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 @ 400mm. (FX equiv., 600mm.) 1/180 @ f8, ISO 500 spot metering on bird. In post minor: exposure adjustments; Blurred, smudged, & darkened background; enhanced the red in the eye; sharpened in Topaz Sharpen AI, with amounts set to auto. All constructive comments appreciated

3 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What an impressive image. I would like to say that you were lucky to get such a shot, but I know that often a lot of a hard work and multiple attempts goes into each successful nature image. The clarity of the main subjects is wonderful, and I love the smooth soft background. It really serves to highlight your subject considerably. I understand how you adjusted and potentially enhanced the color in this image some, but I feel that the eye is overly bright and intense. As I see it, the red eye is so bright that it steals the show, and competing with the overall image and as such detracts a bit for the overall impact. I suspect that if you reduce the intensity some, a better balance between this eye and the remaining image might be achieved. Aside from that, though, congratulations on an impressive image.   Posted: 09/09/2021 14:24:12
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Charles, Thanks for your comment. After taking an additional look, I agree that I went much too far with the red eye. I should have noticed my error. Your helpful comment illustrates the main reason I joined DDG. And yes, I was not just walking along when I came upon this happening. IIRC I was waiting for something to happen for over an hour. In most cases I try to show something of what the critter is about.   Posted: 09/09/2021 15:48:09

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I agree that the red eye should be taken down a bit. That aside, this is a great image that exhibits a nice level of detail, and the background is just right in blur and color. You may have had to wait for this, but it was worth the wait. And of course waiting on Sanibel isn't too hard to take. Nice job!   Posted: 09/10/2021 20:02:45


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