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Roseate spoonbill by Will Korn

July 2021 - Roseate spoonbill

About the Image(s)

Roseate spoonbill coming in for a landing, at the Robinson nature preserve on Santa Maria Island, near St. Petersburg, FL.

Tech: 1/1000s at F/5.6 ISO-200, 500mm.

Questions: Is it interesting?
Did I over-sharpen it?
Is the water dripping from its beak a good capture or a distraction?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Nice image - challenging to capture birds in flight (notice in my image this month -a bird standing on a branch!). To answer your questions -

YES - I find it interesting - the legs ready for "touch down" - like landing gear on a jet! I like that you got eye-level with the bird. The bird's colors pop against the water.

A little hard to judge sharpening on this low res image . . . but I think I'm seeing more grain than I'd expect for ISO 200. Also - is there some halo around the bird's neck? Would need the original image to understand better. Overall - I still find focus a bit "soft."

I love splashing water in bird images . . . but in this case - in my opinion - the two tiny drops don't add much and may distract. Could be mistaken for dust spots. I'd be inclined to remove them.

I would consider flipping - so the bird is flying left to right . . .

Keep shooting birds!

  Posted: 07/12/2021 14:30:33
Will Korn   Will Korn
No silly. Birds fly to the right, land to the left. Because they are coming back. ;)

Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 07/12/2021 17:50:59
Will Korn   Will Korn
And....I went back to look at the original. You are so right, the image is not as sharp as I thought. Cannot make a silk purse etc.   Posted: 07/12/2021 20:50:54
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Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
I love the colors--the wings do pop against the color of the ocean. Beautiful!   Posted: 07/15/2021 15:27:24

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Sorry for the late reply...nice image! The eyes are sharp and clear, however I agree with your later comments that the image is perhaps a little soft. To answer your questions, in my opinion, yes it is an interesting image (anything with birds, especially birds in action is interesting). The water drops in my opinion add to the interest of the action in the image. Well done!   Posted: 07/26/2021 17:53:04

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Gee, sorry I never commenting on this....indeed, it really hits the viewer in the face that it is over-processed, but after viewing the original, I feel it is more about resolution that being over processed.

I am not sure it holds great interest: The main reason is because the location (background) is not engaging. Perhaps choosing another location would have been more fruitful in this regard.

However, technically you did a great job capturing this lovely creature. If possible, would like to see more like this but perhaps from another angle and location.   Posted: 07/30/2021 13:05:09