Dan McKenna  

Red Breasted Sap Sucker by Dan McKenna

May 2023 - Red Breasted Sap Sucker

About the Image(s)

Sony A1, Sony 200-600 @ f7.1, 1/500sec, ISO 125.

Although a relatively common bird in my area, I have never been able to capture a male in full color without foreground foliage diminishing the subject. I would have liked a slightly faster shutter speed to isolate his foot, but such is life. Run through Topaz Photo AI and blown up 4x then cropped 75%. Normal processing to darken background/snag and sharpen subject using PS.

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

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
He is spectacular! I can see the light reflected in his eye. The background does not detract from his splendor.   Posted: 05/02/2023 15:03:17

Jack Twiggs   Jack Twiggs
Very nice capture Dan. A very colorful bird and a great pose on the snag. Other than cropping just a little off the left side, I can think of anything else. I expect some would want you to crop the top some, but I like the fork produced by the limb. Great shot.   Posted: 05/03/2023 09:50:35
Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
It is interesting that the fork really adds to the photo!   Posted: 05/04/2023 19:39:04

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
The depth of field on this shot really helps set off the bird and the tree!   Posted: 05/13/2023 06:55:35

LC Boros   LC Boros
Great capture. I couldn't resist pulling it into my tools for a bit of playtime. I flipped and cropped tighter to remove the noisy background and make it read left to right more. I then really overdid it: brought the exposure and contrast down almost a half stop, pushed up the midtones brightness and saturation a tiny bit. Then I futzed with the histogram tonal levels by pulling in highlight and shadows. (I don't use Adobe stuff but work in CaptureOne and this may help explain things more: https://support.captureone.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002602797-The-Levels-tool-overview)   Posted: 05/24/2023 00:13:41

LC Boros   LC Boros

Here's the image with just the crop and flip.   Posted: 05/24/2023 00:14:08
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LC Boros   LC Boros
Then a second export to show what adjusting the levels did to pull up the subject and darken down the background.
  Posted: 05/24/2023 00:14:30
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Dan. To me, photography is more of personal preference. In this case, I just like your original crop and edit. This is not a suggestion. But I would normally de-sharpened the tree a bit to allow my viewer eyes more on to the bird rather than the crispy tree. Just my humble two cents.   Posted: 05/24/2023 00:38:35