Steven Jungerwirth  


Light Lunch at the Botanic Garden by Steven Jungerwirth

July 2021 - Light Lunch at the Botanic Garden

About the Image(s)

Image captured during a walk at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. This bird was busy eating lunch; I was able to get pretty close and photograph him (or her) through some branches.

Technical:

Bright sun. Hand held 100-400mm lens @400mm. ISO-1250, 1/1600 second, F/6.3. The greenery in the background is several hundred feet away, enabling blur @f6.3.


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10 comments posted




Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Steven: Nice catch. The fact that you were able to get the shot while the bird was enjoying lunch gives the image extra interest. The eye seems to be sharp and bright. Well done.   Posted: 07/03/2021 11:15:27



Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Everything in the foreground is very sharp, and the iridescence in the wings is beautiful. His eye is almost spooky, reminding me of Igor in the Frankenstein movies! Beautiful capture.   Posted: 07/03/2021 20:32:05



Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Nice photo! The details are excellent as is the overall image sharpness. The capture of the blue streak in the wing adds to the quality. Well done!   Posted: 07/05/2021 12:04:11



Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Details, details and details! Nice capture. Especially enjoy the similar angles of both Bird and Branch and the extreme Bokeh washing and smearing greenery. : )   Posted: 07/08/2021 10:04:10



Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Good capture, the only thing I would suggest would to crop some off the right side. This would bring your eye toward the bird first, instead of the tree trunk. (my opinion)   Posted: 07/10/2021 16:28:02
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Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I appreciate your comment. I was trying to leave more room in front of the bird for him (or her) to move into . . . but I think you aright that I left too much - and a tighter crop works better. It also makes me think - that given another opportunity to take this shot - perhaps I angle a bit more - so the head/eye is larger and in front, with the body tapering toward the back. Thank you for the suggestions!   Posted: 07/10/2021 17:00:24
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Along these lines . . . I tried to darken to branch . . . to draw less attention to it. Do you think that helps?   Posted: 07/10/2021 17:10:06
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Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Steven!

Great capture of the bird and his lunch! It is beautifully done and the detail and focus are spot-on. I like what you did to darken the branch - just that alone may have been enough to carry the original cropping with the bird a bit off center.   Posted: 07/11/2021 18:27:34



Will Korn   Will Korn
The Common Grackle is so common it's hard to make it interesting. But you did! You brought out the lovely colors in its feathers which often look just black to the naked eye, and the background is perfect. Nicely done.   Posted: 07/15/2021 20:19:03



Will Korn   Will Korn
The Common Grackle is so common it's hard to make it interesting. But you did! You brought out the lovely colors in its feathers which often look just black to the naked eye, and the background is perfect. Nicely done.   Posted: 07/15/2021 20:19:03