Jeffrey Pawlan  


House Finches by Jeffrey Pawlan

June 2021 - House Finches

June 2021 - Jeffrey Pawlan

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About the Image(s)

This is a male and a female house finch sitting on the same branch. The male is above and looking at the female.
Nikon D850 with a 500mm f5.6 PF lens
1/1000sec f/10 ISO1100


4 comments posted




Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Jeffrey, I just purchased a D850 and trying to learn how to use all the features it has.. I love photographing house finches..especially the male, he is so colorful! The only suggestion I have is crop it a bit more.. in my opinion you don't need the limb to the left .. the story is "how the male is looking at the female " and possibly put a very light vignette to bring the attention to the birds.   Posted: 06/01/2021 13:20:20



Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
If I crop this it will become too tall and narrow. The branch adds some symmetry to the overall image.

I will add another photo I took of just the male house finch.   Posted: 06/01/2021 13:55:36
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Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Jeffery. Nice photo and nice work getting both birds in focus. I don't know if it because of the downsizing of resolution needed for posting here, but the image looks a bit saturated on my end. I took your original and did some processing work on it. I like the challenge of this one. I see the original as being over-exposed, so I hope you don't mind me using your photo to practice my skills.
One of the biggest challenges of processing an over-exposed image is that is that the colors ended up in the highlight area of the histogram, whereas a slightly under-exposed image would have the colors in the exposure area of the histogram. The latter allows for more flexibly and control in color depth and texture while highlights and shadows can be manipulated in the tone curve. What I did was:
exposure -4, contrast -35, highlights -55, shadows +24, whites -32, blacks -16, presence clarity +9, vibrance +9, saturation +9, sharpness +25, noise reduction +28. Colors: red saturation +16, luminance +26, orange saturation +28, luminance -26, yellow luminance -40 (this also helps reduce hotspots), blue saturation +24 luminance -34. I then cropped to a 1:1 ratio.
Personally, I like the three branches. As you said, I also find the need for some symmetry in the image.   Posted: 06/02/2021 00:51:02
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Jeffrey, I just purchased a D850 and trying to learn how to use all the features it has.. I love photographing house finches..especially the male, he is so colorful! The only suggestion I have is crop it a bit more.. in my opinion you don't need the limb to the left .. the story is "how the male is looking at the female " and possibly put a very light vignette to bring the attention to the birds.   Posted: 06/04/2021 08:15:43



 

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