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p.1 #1 · Roseate Spoonbill


Probably the last of the birds for awhile.
This one falls in the category of "I finally got a shot of...". I know the composition is lacking. But do you have suggestions on post-processing?
Image is cropped to remove additional distracting twigs.
Taken with my 7D on the pro's super-tele + teleconverter shooting from about 100-150 feet away I would estimate.

Scott



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May 14, 2013 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #2 · Roseate Spoonbill


Not much really ... just a few selective tweaks @ wb/usm/multiply/slight crop.

The comp seems fine with framing/leading lines helping take us to subject ... who appears to be on the hunt rather than posing.







May 14, 2013 at 03:53 AM
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p.1 #3 · Roseate Spoonbill


Very nice Scott, love the colors and dark background.

At first I thought about removing the small branches, but without given the flow of the lines, I think the bird wants to topple down out of the frame...so, those branches help anchor the image. Perhaps over-analysis?

Marvelous results from a productive trip!

Regards,

Bob



May 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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p.1 #4 · Roseate Spoonbill


Over-analysis ... this crowd ... surely not.

Actually, I had the same perspective at the smaller branches "pushing us back up" as the subject leads us downward. In that regard, they serve the composition to keep us from running out of the frame. This is probably one of my fav's from the series.



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p.1 #5 · Roseate Spoonbill


Bob Jarman wrote:
Very nice Scott, love the colors and dark background.

At first I thought about removing the small branches, but without given the flow of the lines, I think the bird wants to topple down out of the frame...so, those branches help anchor the image. Perhaps over-analysis?

Marvelous results from a productive trip!

Regards,

Bob


well thanks so much!
Interesting thought about the bottom branches. I wanted to keep some context and not just hanging in air. What I dont like about the composition is the lack of action or more implied interaction
Scott



May 14, 2013 at 08:30 PM
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p.1 #6 · Roseate Spoonbill


RustyBug wrote:
Over-analysis ... this crowd ... surely not.

Actually, I had the same perspective at the smaller branches "pushing us back up" as the subject leads us downward. In that regard, they serve the composition to keep us from running out of the frame. This is probably one of my fav's from the series.


So its interesting to have you confirm Bob's thoughts about the branches.
Debated various crops.
I am pleasantly surprised that this is one of your fav's. But overly self-critical analysis is one of my traits.
I do love the oddness of this bird and have tried, in vain, to spot one, then capture an image for the last couple of years of Florida trips. They are not that common and have always been afar, except one occasion in Delray. And there the light was terrible, the backgrounds terrible, etc etc.

Doesnt hurt to hook up to a $7000+ rig.
And you should see the prices on the new Canon 200-400 +1.4, the old and the new 500 f4
Both birder's dreams.

Scott



May 14, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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p.1 #7 · Roseate Spoonbill


Maybe some of the usual, selective darkening, selective mid-tone bump, a bit of asymmetric vignette, lighten the eye, remove some more twiggage, and perhaps some cropping?







May 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM





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