***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!
They are common east of here 100 miles or so. Our soil is rather pumicy and doesn't lend itself to burrows.
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