Barbara Gore  

Talk Much by Barbara Gore

May 2022 - Talk Much

May 2022 - Barbara Gore


About the Image(s)

This image was taken several years ago during nesting season at the Magnolia Plantation Audubon Swamp in Charleston, SC.
The Audubon Swamp has so many herons, egrets, and other waterfowl and luckily they nest not too far from several walking paths.
It’s a bird photographers heaven.

Canon 5DMarkIII
70-300mm lens @300mm
F/8, 1/800 sec and ISO 400
Gitzo tripod

12 comments posted

Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
Barbara, nice image of two young great Blue Herons that have not fledged yet taking to each other. The image is sharp and your PP brought out nice details and colors, but I think the background is a little overexposed, being a cloudy day. The interaction of the two birds gives more interest to the image, but I think you left too much space around the birds showing distracting elements including the greenery and the nest. A much tighter crop emphasizes the birds.
Welcome again   Posted: 05/04/2022 20:52:40
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Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks Isaac. I'm looking forward to participating in this group. I didn't think about cropping the image as I wanted to see more of the nest to show their enviornment.
I see your point about the crop and I do like.

Typically when the light is flat and the sky is gray I like making the sky more high key. Maybe to balance the light better between my subject and the sky, I could have pushed the tonal range toward the lighter end and made it a high key image. Just a thought. Thanks for your comments!   Posted: 05/11/2022 07:36:11

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Barbara, I love the story being told in this image. I can think of so many things that one bird might be saying to its sibling. How fortunate to have a walking path right near these nests. I'm wondering if a bit of increase in the contrast might make the image more effective. On my screen it looks a bit flat. Overall, this is a lovely image!   Posted: 05/11/2022 08:30:16
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks for your comments Marie. The light was flat that day but I will definitely consider your recommendation!   Posted: 05/16/2022 09:29:25

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
I love the subject but the bright background caused my eyes to squint. Perhaps part of it is the rest of the site is black and so the white really stood out. The subject is nice and sharp and the moment in time and expression is great. I'm thinking instead of going High key, perhaps try to see if you can tonal sculpt the sky and bring out some cloud texture. Perhaps brighten up the birds and perhaps give them a little more saturation to make them stand out more with a sculpted sky. But as the group knows, I like Sat. I'm also thinking a square crop even before seeing Isaac's suggestion. Anything below the nest doesn't add to the story.   Posted: 05/11/2022 12:30:22
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks Randy. The sky was pretty flat that day so not much texture. I like your idea about increasing the saturation a bit and the square crop.
  Posted: 05/16/2022 09:35:24

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Barbara - welcome!

Interesting image and I particularly enjoy the shape the two birds together give the image. Isaac's crop does seem sensible - I agree with your desire to include environment, but as has been said, the area below the nest doesn't add anything - in fact, have more bland sky there adds a distraction and the closer crop gives a nice platform to the image.

Eyes tend to lock on to the brightest part of any image, so it is rarely desirable to have an uninteresting sky the brightest area. Probably because Isaac was working on a small file, his end image has darkened the actual birds, and I prefer the brightest of you main image as to the birds, but not the sky!

You have an excellent image here.   Posted: 05/12/2022 11:15:55
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks Adrian!   Posted: 05/16/2022 09:37:50

Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Barbara, welcome to the group. This image gives me a chance to speak to "luminosity selections." When it is challenging to increase the exposure on the subject while protecting the background (sky in this case), I use luminosity selections to create a mask. I can them limit the brightening or contrast to just the birds. I'll put a link to a spot to a free download of Tony Kuyper's luminosity actions. I find them to be an exciting addition to image development. If you are new to these tools, I recommend starting with the action set designed for Photoshop Elements which will also install in Photoshop. It is an easier way to begin.
  Posted: 05/12/2022 12:34:37
Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
I also like Tony Kuypers panels and use them quite a lot when I really want to work an image. But I mostly use his combo panel, as it has a lot time saving functions.   Posted: 05/16/2022 15:47:41

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks Mary. I typically use lightroom or photoshop to select the subject and make local adjustments but I'm curious to check out the actions you mentioned.   Posted: 05/16/2022 09:53:19

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Barbara, I also thought about a square crop before seeing the one by Isaac, but after going back to view the original I also like the wider view with the habitat and nest. You know what you like so it is your choice. I have several similar images from Florida with beaks together. The open beak on the left bird really adds to the impact. Well done. Bruce   Posted: 05/20/2022 14:27:56


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