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Old Apr 10, 2007, 8:33 PM   #1
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This bird was in the top of a small tree so I took his picture a number of times. I have shots of him sitting there, and shots of him trilling like this. This may not be the best trilling shot, but it is one of the few that does not show the featherless wound on his neck . Either these birds are contentious or he had a run in with something. No matter though, when I got home and looked at the picture I decided that the perch he is on is just about one of the neater perches I have seen and I like it better then the bird anyway.


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Old Apr 10, 2007, 11:29 PM   #2
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Yeah the perch is OK, but let's be realistic, would we look if there wasn't a bird on it?:lol::lol:

WIth the mostly black bird it looks like a tough exposure. Which do you find toughest black or white?
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 12:16 AM   #3
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Yeah the perch is OK, but let's be realistic, would we look if there wasn't a bird on it?:lol::lol:

WIth the mostly black bird it looks like a tough exposure. Which do you find toughest black or white?
I find black tougher. That could be the shots I get though. With a white bird I can usually pull some detail out of shadows, which is where the eye often is. With black it is harder to do that, and they look unnatural if lightened to pull out eyes. I have overexposed a lot more white birds, but it is so easy to tell and just throw away the photo without wasting time trying to fix it with a white bird.

I do make it hard on myself though. Bird below is an American Crow. 17" long per bird book. (Redwing is 7"). Two shots. First one is pretty standard looking bird shot. Good eye and head, little dark in back but that is not as important as glistening eye according to photo pros. However, I like my birds doing something. Like the second one where he is ready to pull a crust out of the grass where the gulls must have dropped it earlier. Except, eye is lost in that shot. Hiroshi mentioned dodge and burn tools the other day. I have discovered that if details are lost in a black colored bird, they don't seem to appear too well with dodging. Had this bird been white or light details would have shown up fine.




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Old Apr 11, 2007, 1:07 AM   #4
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I like the perch and the bird which must mean I like the shot!!! You really captured his shoulder patches well.
I don't know which I would pick as the hardest color, they both give me problems depending on the lighting.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 3:17 AM   #5
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I really like the contrast of the black bird against the blue sky and the fact that he is complaining about something!!! Nice shot.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 6:09 AM   #6
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true peasant you didnt get the eye-shot but i liked the open beak look of the shot and the reds turned out great........on the whole a pleasant-peasant shot ...pete
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All appear to be tough shots to me:?. I like the Redwing best, also.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 1:13 PM   #8
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Nice action shot (open beak) and the redstalk in the backgroundcompliments the red epaulets on the bird.

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