Peter Dominowski  

Reddish Egret Head On by Peter Dominowski

May 2023 - Reddish Egret Head On

About the Image(s)

A Reddish Egret does his best courtship dance. Fort Desoto State Park, Tierra Verde, Florida USA.
One of the most productive shooting sessions I’ve ever had; got dozens of keepers from this active and photogenic Reddish Egret!

Sony Alpha 1
Sony 200-600 @ 600mm
ISO 800
1/1600 @ f/7.1
Image was cropped and processed in Adobe Lightroom, and sharpened in Topaz.

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

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Love the pose the egret gave you. I have never seen the Reddish Egret so thanks for sharing. Great image!   Posted: 05/10/2023 16:23:58
Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Thank you, Sarita! They are very photogenic birds!   Posted: 05/11/2023 17:48:06

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
You really captured the dancing egret in all his red-necked glory. Nicely done. Like my photo though, it seems a little too bright. May be my screen? Perhaps a little more contrast?   Posted: 05/10/2023 22:09:44
Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Thanks for your feedback, Leslie. It was shot on a sunny morning, and I tried to represent that accurately. I'll play with contrast as you suggested and see if I like that better :).   Posted: 05/11/2023 17:49:25

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
My favorite bird in Florida, particularly when it is dancing! Great shot of their character! Just wish we had them on SW FL.

  Posted: 05/15/2023 14:59:49
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Whoops, It is my Favorite bird in SW Florida, just wished we had them in Southeast Florida. They are very rare below Palm Beach. And I would bring the highlights down.....but I tend to prefer more subdued background colors to highlight the animal/bird.   Posted: 05/15/2023 15:42:16

Cami Marculescu   Cami Marculescu
Beautiful capture. I second Mr Larson's comment about the brighter exposure.   Posted: 05/15/2023 15:46:12

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Thanks, everyone for your feedback.

When you say "bright," do you really mean "bright" or do you mean "overexposed?"   Posted: 05/15/2023 18:30:03
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I played with it a little in LR and ended up reducing the 0.38. It also ends up showing some darker spots in the water most likely natural ......but a tad distracting. I also tried just decreasing the exposure of the egret a bit and leaving the water the same but it still came out a tad bright. I also tried contrast and got the same darker spots in the I think it is your call how and what you do.....they are all just minor tweaks that I think would make the image even better!!!   Posted: 05/19/2023 09:36:48

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Thanks for experimenting with the image and reporting your results, Sherry! :)   Posted: 05/22/2023 10:22:51