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Feed Me Mum!

By briantjjones
Young fledgling Blackbird being fed by mum. Just happened to have camera out in the office but had no time to change lens hence the tight crop. The downside is I had to cature this through the glass of the door.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Birds wildlife nature

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18 May 2013 10:17PM
Love it
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
19 May 2013 7:08PM
In the circumstances, Brian, you did well to capture the tender moment between mum and young.
The tight crop works for me, focusing on the action and interaction between the two. Also, the little one is taking up more of the frame, concentrating the viewer's attention.
I think it's just the background that lets it down and doesn't allow the outlines of the birds to be well defined. As a grab shot, however, I like it a lot.
In my modification, I selected the background, turned it black and white and applied a slight gaussian blur to it, then I added a catchlight to the baby's eye, added a touch more detail to the piece of food, and selectively sharpened the faces.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
19 May 2013 8:47PM
You grabbed the moment and grabbed it well. This is just so true. I see it every year in our garden, parent blackbirds working themselves to death feeding the greedy, demanding little ******s.
The background is the problem, which Pamela has addressed. I don't think I would turn it to b&w, just partially desaturate, tone those greens down. Will have a go.
20 May 2013 1:42PM
Pamela and Moira, Thank you both so much for the mods, much appreciated as only just returning to photography the post processing is the where I lack experience and where it can make a big difference. I'm currently on a steep learning curve in both Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 so your input is much appreciated.

Kind Regards, Brian.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
20 May 2013 3:04PM
Glad we helped! I would just add that in the relatively small amount of colour photography that I do for myself, I find natural greens extremely difficult. What we see in your upload is entirely natural, it's how fresh spring grass and leaves look in real life. But on a screen the colour suddenly looks brash and garish. For such greens I almost always reduce saturation on yellow by maybe 10%, that really is effective, and then perhaps reduce a bit on green. But the yellow element is crucial, that's what gives green a sort of neon light look.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
20 May 2013 7:41PM
You get some really nice bird shots. You have good gear and you know how to use it, but you seem to miss adding that bit of cream at the end, so to speak. Here, the young bird has a very dark eye area which needs just the slightest sweep with the dodge tool. Finishing touches.