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Egrets reflection

By Allistairg1964
I was imaging the egret and it climbed on to the tree stump with a nice reflection
CC always welcome, Details Sony A7ii and a Tamron 150-600mm taken at f6.3 and 1/200th shutter speed and ISO 2500 @ 600mm

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4202 Canada
6 Jan 2021 4:54PM
Its a very nice shot. Good quality at a high ISO and a slowish shutter speed.

The feather detail is not quite there, but it is possible to improve it to some extent by reducing highlights, and lowering mid-tone contrast.

It can also do with a small rotation to get the reflected portion precisely in line vertically with the bird, - I used the eye as a guide for the mod.

In addition to whats been mentioned, I also warmed it slightly; lifted shadows on the eye and brightened it.

The mod shows the result.


dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 738 England
6 Jan 2021 9:42PM
Very nicely captured and an eyecatching contrast between the plumage and the black land. Tricky to expose for ut the soft light has helped with detail retention. A situation where you'd have more flexibility in extracting detail from a RAW file.

My mod is a small crop so there's roughly the same amount of space above the bird as below the reflection, it looks more balanced. On the other hand I've taken some off the left so the bird isn't centrally placed and lookls less static.
chase Plus
15 2.0k 517 England
7 Jan 2021 10:04AM
You have done well here to get the whole bird in the frame complete with reflections.
It does need a little tweaking as Willie has initially demonstrated.

I would have liked to have seen a little less space on the left and a little more on the right, avoiding the bird being central and giving him some space infront for him to fly into.
Taking the image in Raw would have allowed you a bit more leeway during post processing, gently controlling the whites but bringing out the textures of the tree.

A difficult image to get right but you have done well here, just a few adjustments needed for the finished image, nothing drastic though, otherwise you lose the naturalness of the image.
chase Plus
15 2.0k 517 England
7 Jan 2021 10:22AM
I did a mod...
Reduced the highlights and warmed the frame up in the Camera raw filter within Photoshop.
Cropped from the left and a touch from the top, added more space to the right...not brilliantly but it gives you an idea of where we are coming from on that subject.
Removed the twig sticking our from his back...and in the reflection.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2346 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2021 10:42AM
This really is beautiful. There's the sense of the bird admiring, or surprised by, its own reflection.

It was a difficult setting, white feathers are always challenging, doubly so against such a dark background. As mentioned above, it's the sort of situation where shooting Raw pays dividends. With jpeg files, the camera automatically edits out a lot of information and saves only around 30% of the data available. Raw files save pretty well everything, giving a lot more scope for retrieving detail.

But there is a lot of detail to be retrieved. I used the Camera Raw filter in PS, I warmed colour very slightly and toned down blues; lightened shadows and darkened highlights, also reduced on whites; then small plus settings on the texture, clarity and dehaze sliders, which give the feathers more substance.

A small anti-clockwise rotation too. For any shot that includes reflections, it's worth checking against the grid as reflections drop down vertically whatever angle they are viewed from.

It's good that we see the reflection in full, I would like more space at the bottom for depth and on the right for the bird to look towards; less space on the left because space behind any subject's back is usually wasted space. I've tried to sketch those changes in very roughly in my modification - if this is cropped from the original you could look to a slightly different crop


EDIT - I was modifying at the same time as Janet...
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1778 England
7 Jan 2021 6:21PM
I'm late at the party, and don't have anything to add... I agree that it's a lovely result, and it would do well in the main gallery. The shutter speed seems a bit of a risk, for subject movement as much as for camera shake, but it's one you've run successfully.

Nice work!
Paintman Plus
14 1.5k 179 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2021 4:43PM
This is just a rough and ready mod but I feel it improves the composition, although it could still do with more room at the bottom to let the reflection of the bird 'breathe'. I felt the b/g was distracting as the light tones and colour of the leaves drew the eye too much. I darkened and reduced the saturation of the b/g to reduce its impact.

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