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I'm watching you

By Jackobas
I was on holiday in Anglesey in North Wales and I was on my way down some steps to get to the South Stack lighthouse for some photo opportunities, when this kestrel appeared nearby hunting something down near the sea.
I was attempting to catch the bird in action, hunting below before it dived to catch its prey.
The image has been adjusted in Lightroom to bring out a little more detail in the feathers.
This was taken with my Olympus OMD E M1 Mk3 and my 12-100mm Pro lens.

Tags: Animal Lighthouse Bird Coast Anglesey Kestrel Predator Wildlife and nature Unsaturated



paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2022 10:30AM
Not a bad effort at all. I suspect a fairly tight crop but the sharpness is adequate if not perfect. Just a touch over saturated for me, the average Kestrel featers are a little less vivid, but you never know. Well done.

chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
20 Jan 2022 11:20AM
Nicely captured, like Paul above I suspect this may have been a crop from a larger frame, if so, it would be nice if we could see your start image, you can upload it here as a modification.
The bird is very, very tight in the frame, there is nowhere for him to fly into and generally it seems a bit fuzzy overall which has resulted in loss of essential detail.
DOF looks ok, the bg is nicely blurred in order to isolate the bird.
Colour seems a bit on the overdone side though.
I will have a go at a mod.
chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
20 Jan 2022 11:35AM
Mod uploaded.
Flipped horizontally.
I increased the canvas size, a fair amount infront of the bird and a little behind and above him.Fairly crudely I admit but possibly gives you an idea of the space needed to show him off.
Reduced yellows and reds with hue/saturation layer.
Lightened the head/eye with a simple levels layer and an inverted mask so I could put the lightness where I thought it should be.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
20 Jan 2022 3:50PM
It would be helpful to see the original, before any processing. Other cropping options can be suggeted, as I suspec a significant crop here as ine detail is absent. While a large image may fl impressive, a claustrophobic look isn't, especially atthe expense of detail. It would also be useful to know what you did in Lightroom.

It's very nicely timed and I like he way the bird is peering out at the camera.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4348 Canada
20 Jan 2022 4:11PM
Interesting pose with the position of the eye.

Its probably zoomed in too much (cropped) to do it justice, as the finer detail isnt there, could well be better cropped less closely.

Tried a mod, mainly increased exposure, lifted shadows, reduced saturation, some sharpening, brighter eye highlight.


dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2000 England
20 Jan 2022 5:50PM
Well caught - at the equivalent of 200mm on full frame, getting the bird so well is an achievement!

Paul and Keith both know their way round wildlife pictures, and their advice has wisdom behind it that mine doesn't in this area. Janet and Willie really know what they're talking about on the technical side, as well.

As everyone else says, it would be interesting to see the original uncropped/unprocessed image. On the technical side, a higher ISO setting would give you leeway on aperture and shutter speed. 100 is low for a wildlife action shot!

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