***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***
Looks like some kind of parakeet? Nice little bird in a close setting - I like the green on green.
Nice light, and nice low angle on both shots - that's a good looking bird...the brown coloration works nicely with the water background, which is why the lower angle is so effective.
Very nice shooting Peter - especially for manual focus. Great set of birds you've got there - and I think you did exactly the right thing on the singing bird - crop from a distance and catch the singing in action is better than getting closer and having a quiet bird with no action! I like the noise that you left in the shot - no chroma, and a nice uniform luminance pattern, which to my eye is not distracting and almost looks like a canvas print.
Very nice suspects, Gene - love the two waders beak-to-beak with eachother. Also I love the coloration on that first bird, but have no idea what it is!
That actually makes for a very interesting abstract...if you didn't mention what it was, I'd almost look at it as a painting - eventually the eagle stands out within the composition. Sometimes these oddball shots work out, and just have something interesting about them - this is one!
Such a neat little guy to see! I didn't even realize they'd ever get up so high in the U.S. - we're rather used to them down here as South Florida has them quite common - they burrow in a lot of our baseball and football fields, and are protected, so when they decide to build their den in such a public place, they are surrounded by emergency cones and caution tape and left alone!
The 1st one is a Anna's Hummingbird. Thanks for the comments, I have decided that the Nikon will be my main camera, and my a77 & a700 will be my back-ups.
Nice light, and nice low angle on both shots - that's a good looking bird...the brown coloration works nicely with the water background, which is why the lower angle is so effective.-- hide signature --
Thanks for the kind words Justin. I've enjoyed all the pictures on this thread. I forgot to write on my post: I took these with a Pentax K5 + Sigma 400mm f/5.6 APO (manual focus) + 2x TC. The exif says f/6.3, but with the TC that makes f/12.6! Still usable, but barely!
Pentaxian with chronic LBA
I wish this was sharper but I was taken by surprise. I still like it though.
I hope you dont mind, I made it sharper.
In Photoshop, Higlights reduced 100% and twice and shadows enhanced.
Blue saturation and hue reduced.
Sharpened with smart sharpen.
The main problem is not sharpness but the high contrast against the sky. I know this problem too well ;-). This makes the bird appear too dark.
This all was made with quick global editing. Probably it would be better to sharpen the birds face only in a local edit, because the tree doesnt need sharpening.
wish you always good light,
Geia sou Evangele!
I love the fist pic, very dreamy, well done!
Pentaxian with chronic LBA
in germany. Dark and cold. But yesterday I got the rare chance to shoot some pics in good light - here is the result.
And with my "new" used Sal 70400G, of course