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Red Wing

Red Wing
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm ED, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-05 9:45
Viewed: 2979
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Folks , today I went back to the pond to see if I could get a photo of the red winged black bird , to go along with my last upload. Being my third try at this bird , I would have to say that it is one hard bird to photograph. of the many exposures I took , very few give a good detailed image. this bird is so black that it seems to confound the camera, unless I was at an angle that allowed light to reflect off of the feathers the detail was lost. though I have been shooting fully manual and trying different levels of exposure I get the same result.

I tinkered with this one a bit in Nikon capture NX and discovered what could be a positive result. the first thing I always try on a 'near miss' photo is to alter the camera settings in the software , one of capture nx strong points is it allows for manipulation of camera settings such as sharpness saturation and contrast. I don't think it is as effective as having good settings with the capture but it does work well.

in the camera settings option I adjusted the contrast , first I tried raising it , but it had the opposite effect then I was expecting , it raised the contrast between the bird and background effectively darkening the bird. so I tried lowering the contrast , and surprise surprise , a bunch of detail jumped out of the bird. a bit of tweaking on the d lighting and I had a passable image.

tomorrow morning I will likely return to the pond and try this experiment with the camera settings and see if I can get a bit better. I likely have the contrast set to medium high or auto , so I will experiment on normal and medium low to see what type of results I get. it will also give me insight to the difference between the actual camera setting and the software camera setting so I know if there is a difference or not.



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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-05-05 10:05]

hello art,
lovely bird..Very good contrasting colours it has.the picture is beautiful..good details and shot t the right moment

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-05 11:09]

Hi Art
Nice presentation.Good pose from your subject and good POV.Sharp image and nice detail.You had capture your subject at the right moment singing.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-05 12:44]

Hello Art,
A superb capture of a calling male Red-winged Blackbird taken in a fine pose and from a great POV against a superb OOF neutral BG. The composition of the bird on the top of a reed mace is excellent. I can't fault this one: it's great and thanks for sharing it,
Regards, Ivan

hello Art

i love this bird and i love to heard his call,
and i love to wait and shoot the image at the good moment,
you did a wonderful image shot at the perfect moment,
and you get great sharpness and specially details
of the balck plumage, TFS alot


Hello Art,

I used also nikon NX and it is a very fine photosoftware.
These looks good and is the bettest photo i've seen on TN from these bird.
Good of details in specilly the black feathers.
Also good of pov and dof.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-06 0:51]

Hi Art,very very nice,i like a lot the red wing,but too the black bird in a soft and loveable background,my best compliments for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-06 11:02]

Hello Art,
Last week I bought a new Nikon D300 and the Nikon Capture NX. I'm trying the new camera and capture programme. The results are not so good till now. I've got to learn a lot and I'm very curious about your next results. As long as I'm not reliable to the capture programme, I use Photoshop CS2.
This photo is very acceptable in spite of the blacks in the bird and the light colours in the BG.
Kind regards,

Hi Art,
just stopped by to say that you mastered the blackness of the bird extremely well, subdued light helps a lot. The red and yellow stand out nicely. Well done!
Best regards

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