Candy Childrey, PPSA  

Grackle by Candy Childrey, PPSA

October 2021 - Grackle

October 2021 - Candy Childrey, PPSA


About the Image(s)

The image this month is a singing grackle. The image was cropped and flipped. Sharpening, cloning to smooth the background, some burning and dodging and vignette were added. The streaks on the tail were first cloned. Then the tail was selected and duplicated, Then flipped and placed over the original tail. This removed the streaks. Then the left side was masked out to reveal the original tail on that side.

f/6.3, 1/800 sec, iso 500, focal length 431

6 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Candy, nice display of the Boat Tail Grackle's tail (pun not intended) and great PP to remove the obstructing items. I would prefer the original orientation. Very sharp and nice colors.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:08:47
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Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Once again a very pleasing pic. Background out of focus enabling the bird to stand. out clearly, a little light in the eye, what more could you ask for.   Posted: 10/10/2021 09:50:55

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
So appreciate your description of your tail fix! I would have just cloned, and your way is a much better remedy!

Only you could make a grackle beautiful! Your worked version has a lot of blue in it. Did this appear as you dodged her neck, or did you add a bit to show the contrast? Certainly they have amazing greens/blues/purples, its just getting the light to show them off. Masterfully done!   Posted: 10/10/2021 19:16:35
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
I did add some blue to bring out the texture in the feathers.   Posted: 10/11/2021 14:56:05

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Candy,
Very nice capture and touch-up.
I learn so much from you with each of your submissions and your description of how you work with the "initial flaws".
Thank you.   Posted: 10/13/2021 16:45:12

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
You have done a lot of work on an "ordinary" grackle, but the result makes it all worthwhile. I like the simplified presentation which makes the bird stand out from the background.   Posted: 10/14/2021 15:35:40


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