Ginny Salus  

Little Green Heron by Ginny Salus

September 2023 - Little Green Heron

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Cannon 77D - 200 zoom w/2x extender
One of my favorite birds! This one was taken in March at Merritt Wildlife Refuge.

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10 comments posted

Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
I like the mix of angles in. the image with the intersection of verticals and the diagonal. Maybe a little darkening to the backgroound to better distinguish the subject, but overall very nice.   Posted: 09/06/2023 13:17:26

Matthew Johnston
I have not done many wildlife shoots, however the basics are still the same. This seems to be shot mid-day. your highlights are a bit bright. A good way to get around bright natural light is to retouch the vivid colors and shadows that will get bleached out.   Posted: 09/07/2023 18:56:22
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Matthew Johnston
Here is a screen shot of how I delt with the bright sunlight.   Posted: 09/07/2023 18:59:43
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Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
Thank you. I need to develop my skills.   Posted: 09/07/2023 20:07:33
Matthew Johnston
Your welcome,

We are here to help each other get better. I will do my best to help. Feel free to send questions.   Posted: 09/07/2023 20:19:24
Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
Like the result!
  Posted: 09/12/2023 12:02:14
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Mathew. Thanks for sharing your adjustment layers in PS. I wonder if highlight general adjustment in LR for RAW file is sufficient. Indeed, my experience, harsh light for animal images are more complex than human portraits.   Posted: 09/19/2023 21:00:09
Matthew Johnston
Hello Frans,

A global adjustment could be all you need. The wood that the heron is on is what needed to be brought down in this case, so a global adjustment wouldn't work out too well.   Posted: 09/19/2023 21:44:30

Tracy Kaminer   Tracy Kaminer
I never noticed how the yellow eyes and legs work together. Nice! I agree that it looks a little bright. Was Matthew right with the mid-day guess?   Posted: 09/12/2023 11:19:56

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Nice shot with appropriate crop and composition. I agree with the group opinions about the highlight issues. My guess, this could simply be controlled by using highlight adjustment in LR.
  Posted: 09/19/2023 20:53:50