Bruce Benson  

Oregon Junco by Bruce Benson

July 2021 - Oregon Junco

July 2021 - Bruce Benson


About the Image(s)

Taken in my backyard today. I have had company visiting from Germany, New York, Tucson, Utah, Idaho almost every week for several months. Most of the opportunities that come during spring have had to wait and are gone now. I could not wait any longer so set up some perches in my back yard and waited for the backyard birds to visit. There was a high overcast all day after 113 degree heat two days ago, which made it possible to shoot all day with decent light. I cropped the image, sharpened and used a bit of dodging on the bright areas.

Canon 1DXII/Canon 400 2.8l Canon 1.4 TC

F5/1/1000/ISO 1250

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11 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bruce, first time I see this bird. It may not be a frequent visitor to Florida. The image is sharp and your PP made the colors less bright. I find that there is a lot of empty space around the perch and bird, so I did a vertical (portrait) crop which makes the bird stand out. Also added some light to the eye.   Posted: 07/04/2021 11:27:40
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Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Isaac, good observations and improves the image a lot. After I posted the image I noticed that it was quite centered as well and your eliminates that. Hilite in the eye also helps, Thanks for your input. Bruce   Posted: 07/04/2021 11:48:28

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Bruce, what a back yard you must have! And to have lovely birds visiting! The portrait crop helps and this follows the shape of the perch well. I like it's stance: adds character.   Posted: 07/09/2021 13:28:15
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Adrian, My kids and wife make fun of me in the backyard with perches and sometimes in a pop up blind. to bad the birds are molting now and are not very photogenic. Bruce   Posted: 07/10/2021 16:16:51

Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Bruce, I agree, you must have a great backyard! Everything is in focus, and the PP helped with the background. I also like Isaac's crop. Well done.   Posted: 07/09/2021 16:25:26
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Walt, I am disgusted with myself that I did not see the weak composition of the original. This is my biggest weakness, ie not seeing details that are obvious. Bruce   Posted: 07/10/2021 16:19:12

Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Bruce, I really like how you handled the background. The sharpness of focus on the little bird draws my attention to the interesting legs and feet. Charming.   Posted: 07/10/2021 10:30:00
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Mary, I love the way my 400 2.8 lens handles the background and is a really sharp lens. Bruce   Posted: 07/10/2021 16:20:31

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Bruce, As you know, I am a bird lover so this little guy really made me smile! I love the pose you captured; its little feet are so sweet. The lovely background you created by darkening the light areas is an effective backdrop to keep the viewer focused on the junco. I agree with Isaac's vertical cropping, which enhanced the image.   Posted: 07/12/2021 13:53:02
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Marie, The birds are all molting now so are not worth photographing, I traveled 300 miles the other day to photograph bluebirds and they were grey, not blue even though they were feeding their second clutch of chicks. I was in a hurry when I posted this image and am not happy that I did not notice the poor composition, that is my biggest weakness. Bruce   Posted: 07/12/2021 14:33:25

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
Dark eyes on a dark head are a tough combination and typically needs some PP. A really neat perch and interesting way the bird chose to "pose". Do you know the bird species? Nice focus and detail. My wife is not a big fan with the feeders I've added and the Pop-up blind I bought, but its my fun. Although, its getting too hot now to sit in a blind very long.   Posted: 07/12/2021 23:35:55