Bob Shor  

Nesting Time by Bob Shor

January 2022 - Nesting Time

January 2022 - Bob Shor


About the Image(s)

I took this shot with my iphone 13 pro max at a local wetland near my house in Boynton Beach, Fl right before sunset (in pretty low light). I decided to try shooting in live view mode because it was hard to catch a single shot with the birds coming and going so fast. I selected the key photo that had the best detail and location of the egret. I wanted to see if the camera's native app could freeze the motion of the birds. The metadata showed that the camera selected a shutter speed of 1/353 seconds (not bad) with an ISO of 50 (this was shot with the wide angle 26mm camera). If I shot this with my sony mirrorless camera I would have pushed the ISO higher so I could increase the shutter speed to at least 1/1,000, but I didn't have that option with the native shooting app on my phone. Anyway, I thought the result wasn't bad (there was pretty decent detail in the bird and its reflection in the lower left corner). As you can see from the original I did crop the picture to exclude the small birds in the sky in the upper left of the picture. I did some editing to balance exposure and increase saturation. Would anyone have cropped or edited differently? Thank you.

10 comments posted

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Bob,
Welcome to this group 86!
Your image is beautiful! The near sunset time, and the composition have made this a peaceful scene. Your crop works very well to eliminate a flock of birds flying on the top that could be distracting. I especially like a single bird and its reflection on the bottom left of the image, that was captured at the right place amd right time. Well done!   Posted: 01/05/2022 18:39:47
Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Thank you for your kind comments Kieu-Hanh   Posted: 01/06/2022 14:04:02

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Welcome and Happy New Year, Bob! I think you captured a lovely nature scene at just the right time of day. I think your results are very nice. I especially like the lighting, reflections and ripples, and the birds at left are super-- they appear very clearly focused to me. Well done!   Posted: 01/06/2022 17:28:49
Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Thanks Belinda and Happy New Year to you also!   Posted: 01/06/2022 18:56:08

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Your image highlights how just showing up at the right time a day takes one so far in making a beautiful image, Bob. My only nitpick would be that the subject of the image, the little island with the birds, is in shadow. The foreground bird, sky and background are all beautiful.

I've often wondered why phone cameras resort to 50 ISO even in low light, you would think they would have figured that out by now. Maybe image quality quickly degrades at higher ISO...?   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:52:22
Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Hi Jack,
I was experimenting with live view on this shot, because birds in flight are almost impossible to capture clearly with an i-phone (I usually shoot these with my sony mirrorless and longer lenses). The camera settings for live view are on automatic (as you said), so there is no chance of controlling ISO that way. Since taking this shot, I have been experimenting with lightroom mobile, which allows you to control shutter speeds (use higher ones when needed) and leave the ISO on auto to float. You are right because I found that ISO's above 400 on the iphone start showing noticeable noise.   Posted: 01/12/2022 11:57:34

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Howdy, Bob, Welcome to Group 86! This is one of those images that make me wish I was there... Composition, colors, F/G and B/G are good. All those birds in the trees make for a peaceful picture.   Posted: 01/08/2022 10:32:00
Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Thank you Ruth. Thanks for your comment.   Posted: 01/12/2022 12:54:44

Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
Welcome Bob. This is the one of most amazing images I've seen taken with an iPhone or ANY ~26mm lens. You must have been with 40 feet of the Island. And the flying Egret is big bonus. Nice call on live view. The composition and crop capture all of the action, color and textures (water ripples, grasses, bare trees, background trees, clouds, reflections... are beautiful. A perfect time of day. Unfortunately, the Island is in shadow. An HDR setting would have mitigated the contrast, although I find my Apple 8 (and I expect the 13 Pro) does an amazing job handling this kind of lighting contrast. I doubt that software HDR Effect would help.   Posted: 01/08/2022 17:33:17
Bob Shor   Bob Shor

Thanks Gene. Live view worked to capture the bird in flight, but there is no separate setting for HDR for photos on the 13 (there is a setting for video HDR and I have that turned on). I called apple on this when I received the phone. Apple said that all still images are now taken in "HDR" and what we are seeing is the finished composite of several exposures (they weren't saying how many or how its done or if this applied to live view- I did ask, but they weren't sure). You can't see an original and HDR version in the camera roll on the 13 (only the"HDR" image). I agree with you and Jack that there is some loss of detail in the trees and I took the photo into photoshop and was able to bring the shadows up a bit.   Posted: 01/12/2022 12:54:07


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