Kathleen Colligan  

Waxwing by Kathleen Colligan

July 2021 - Waxwing

About the Image(s)

I have not taken any street photography recently maybe because we have not traveled. Plus- we live in a very rural area. There is a mulberry tree on our 'street' that I have been watching the past week because the ripe berries are attracting all kinds of birds.

This photo is a of a cedar-waxwing eating one of the berries. I could spend hours watching these handsome birds. People driving by probably think some crazy lady is there again. The camera used is a SonyRX10iv bridge camera F4 ISO100 1/400 sec . Lightroom/Photoshop were used to do basic adjustments, Topaz Denoise and Sharpen ,and removed part of the green leaf off the bird. Any suggestions would be appreciated

12 comments posted

Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
What a fantastic shot Kathleen. I love this image and find it difficult to suggest improvements, but there are 2 things you may want to consider for your next shot. To get a perfectly sharp foreground (berries) you could try and increase the f-stop you are using. This in turn will require a higher ISO setting in order to maintain a faster speed which you will need for any shots involving birds. Higher ISO can cause noise issues, but there is always Topaz Denoise. Secondly, and this is almost impossible to plan with birds, try to get to a position that provides the full view of the bird without the bird being (slightly) obscured by the leaves.
None of my suggestions should distract from this great shot you took.   Posted: 07/02/2021 03:14:48
Kathleen Colligan
Ruth- thank you so much for your your constructive comments. I have experimented with higher F stops but will have to revisit them again. Somehow F4 is my favorite even though many times I have heard f8 is "great". About positioning myself- that is a task that has been a challenge which I am always fighting. This is a narrow road hilly road where cars come speeding down so I balance safety/lighting while trying to get clear shots in this bushy tree.
  Posted: 07/02/2021 04:33:41

Kathleen Colligan
Somehow the photos are mixed up. This one is mine,   Posted: 07/04/2021 14:27:36
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Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
I am sure the mixup is my fault and I apologize. Kathleen, the bird just about to grab the berry is perfect. The background is soft so the bird stands out, the berries are sharp enough to give context. The F4 on your lens gives you that soft background. This is so good.   Posted: 07/04/2021 19:25:46
Kathleen Colligan
No worries, Andrew. I appreciate all you do and thank you
  Posted: 07/04/2021 19:39:19

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Hi Kathleen

You always amaze me with such great shots that you make from your RX10M4 - I too have this lovely little bridge camera which is actually not so small in its capabilities . I am an strong advocate of this camera to many of people who want to take up photography . And it is also my most used camera ( other being full frame Mirrorless A7rIII )

What I love about this image is the timing and the angle from which you took this image. Since you used Photoshop I would suggest if you could remove the top right green leaf , as it is one causing my eyes to shift from the bird , the berry and the leaf , I find it slightly distracting me from the main subject of this image.

About Ruth's comment of using a higher f Stop number ( 8 or something higher) - I would agree with kathleen here as this is a bridge camera with 1 Inch sensor , with higher f number the background would have shown a lot of clutter behind the bird , and it would not be as smooth bokeh as what we see in the above image . I too have tried with my camera using higher f stop - The background separation i get from my full frame at f8 , i do not get even 50% of the same bokeh in RX10M4 ( Bridge camera) . hence I too would have shot this at f4 , as you can see the bird , the berries are very sharp and well separated from the background.

All in all superb image . I have been following you on instagram and i would strongly suggest that you keep #tagging #sonyrxmoments and other sony tags i am sure your images would be appreciated and re posted by Sony official instagram profiles. you do wonders with this little camera.   Posted: 07/04/2021 23:24:28
Kathleen Colligan
Yes, That leaf needs to go. Now I see that! This is my first camera that I have been using seriously but have been thinking of upgrading. My mind keeps changing because I feel comfortable with this one and would have to learn so much more technical info with lenses etc. Plus- the weight is another issue because I love being able to carry this easily on my daily walks Thank you for your kind words and suggestions.   Posted: 07/05/2021 04:50:10
Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
the Portability , light weight , 24-600mm zoom is one of the key reasons that I love this one . You are doing wonders with this camera. If you go with another mirrorless full frame body , it will come with lot of decisions about lenses , flash etc. Sony RX10M4 is one stop solution to all this.   Posted: 07/05/2021 05:01:00

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
Kathleen, this is an incredible shot!

In my opinion, F/4 was the perfect choice for this image. The bird and the berry are tack sharp", and the background has beautiful bokeh. If you decreased the aperture to F/8 (or lower), you would have increased the DOF which I think would have made the background distracting.   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:53:27
Kathleen Colligan
thanks   Posted: 07/06/2021 15:09:01

Keith Francis   Keith Francis
I echo the comments about the background - wonderful bokeh and to my eyes, the berries are sharp enough. I do have one small suggestion - the leaf that you did some PS work on - I'd darken the green a bit. I find it distracting and my eyes keep going from the bird to the leaf. It is a great action image   Posted: 07/06/2021 19:32:39
Kathleen Colligan
Thank you for the suggestion . I think that is a wonderful idea to darken the leaf so it does not draw eyes to it.   Posted: 07/06/2021 19:46:17


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