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lesser egret

Post by PietFrancke » Wed May 23, 2018 1:51 am

lesser egret stopped over to do it's stretching exercises - was happy to see it this afternoon - good company and then flew away!

pretty much was at a loss about this one so I just mindlessly played and this is where I stopped...
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed May 23, 2018 1:55 am

Thought it was Audabon,really did. Egret tai-chi or yoga. Great work on the feathers. Matt
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Post by PietFrancke » Wed May 23, 2018 2:19 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 1:55 am
Thought it was Audabon,really did. Egret tai-chi or yoga. Great work on the feathers. Matt
LOL - thank you Matt, might have to work on the one where it has it's leg stretched out. My first shots were blown, then I remembered Minnie's advise for white birds and lowered the ISO (normally I shoot with all manual except for Auto ISO)

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Post by minniev » Wed May 23, 2018 3:14 am

PietFrancke wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 1:51 am
lesser egret stopped over to do it's stretching exercises - was happy to see it this afternoon - good company and then flew away!

pretty much was at a loss about this one so I just mindlessly played and this is where I stopped...
egret.jpg
I love these little guys with their yellow galoshes! They look like tiny clowns when they mix it up with the great whites and blues. You have a tack sharp capture with rich detail in the feathers, face and feet and a lot of implied energy. You know I love this. And the texture you used is a good Audubonesque choice.

I might mitigate the shadow his wings casts just a little to see how that might work . I often have this dilemma with dam birds shot in full sun, a wing or neck casting a dark shadow. I’d probably cut back the yellows on the feathers a bit, but that’s an artistic choice and your intent is paramount. But I often end up “bleaching”my egrets a bit as they absorb colors (usually yellow or blues) from the light, their surroundings, or the things I subject them to in post, far more than the herons do.

This is a gem. I hope you’ll post others from this series.
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Post by PietFrancke » Wed May 23, 2018 11:08 am

minniev wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 3:14 am
PietFrancke wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 1:51 am
lesser egret stopped over to do it's stretching exercises - was happy to see it this afternoon - good company and then flew away!

pretty much was at a loss about this one so I just mindlessly played and this is where I stopped...
egret.jpg
I love these little guys with their yellow galoshes! They look like tiny clowns when they mix it up with the great whites and blues. You have a tack sharp capture with rich detail in the feathers, face and feet and a lot of implied energy. You know I love this. And the texture you used is a good Audubonesque choice.

I might mitigate the shadow his wings casts just a little to see how that might work . I often have this dilemma with dam birds shot in full sun, a wing or neck casting a dark shadow. I’d probably cut back the yellows on the feathers a bit, but that’s an artistic choice and your intent is paramount. But I often end up “bleaching”my egrets a bit as they absorb colors (usually yellow or blues) from the light, their surroundings, or the things I subject them to in post, far more than the herons do.

This is a gem. I hope you’ll post others from this series.
Thank you for your advise with this Min. I will add the bleaching and see what happens, and I think the shadow idea is a good one.

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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 23, 2018 1:03 pm

You should play mindlessly more often........minniev has made good points as usual...although I rather like the drama of the shadow. Well done Piet

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Post by minniev » Wed May 23, 2018 1:50 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 1:03 pm
You should play mindlessly more often........minniev has made good points as usual...although I rather like the drama of the shadow. Well done Piet
I agree with leaving the shadow there, it might look unnatural to remove it, but mitigating it some. It doesn’t always work but when it does, it simply lessens the distraction of a body part bisected by shadow.
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 23, 2018 1:57 pm

minniev wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 1:50 pm
Psjunkie wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 1:03 pm
You should play mindlessly more often........minniev has made good points as usual...although I rather like the drama of the shadow. Well done Piet
I agree with leaving the shadow there, it might look unnatural to remove it, but mitigating it some. It doesn’t always work but when it does, it simply lessens the distraction of a body part bisected by shadow.
Maybe I should have used the word strength....I did not mean to infer you meant removing it....

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Post by St3v3M » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:20 pm

Wow, that's powerful! S-
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