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Portrait of a Bird

By glazzaro  
Good morning

Well I didn't get any new shots, but couldn't sleep last night so I played around with one. I have taken several really good close ups, but the problem is when the bird is too close in a shot it can be a bit overpowering. So I thought about it and decided to try doing just a head shot. I was pleased with the result. Not sure how this will play out on a lot of monitors because both the bird and BG are dark, hopefully it will be ok.

I simply crop one of my Junco shots, selected the BG, increased the output levels and decreased the input levels. This gave me the background you see. The rest was simply sharpening and contrast.

Let me know what you think, if you don't like it thats ok, just playing around and trying something new.

Tripod : Yes
Lens : Sigma 120-300mm F 2.8 with 1.4x TC
Focal Len : 4200mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Program Auto
Metering Mode : Multi-Pattern
Exposure : -1.0 EV
Shutter : 1/90
F Stop : F 4.8
ISO : 100

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Miles Herbert, Ceciliat, teddy and 80 more

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Miles Herbert 18 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 4:58AM
Wow... really striking image here Greg. I like the black on black...
suregork 16 33 1 Finland
16 Nov 2005 5:14AM
great composition.. fantastic sharp shot..
MoWiz 15 114 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 5:15AM
Hi greg may be the light in here seems a touch dark, just lightened it up a little, hope you don't mind
JouŠo 16 56 Finland
16 Nov 2005 5:16AM
Hello, Greg!
Another SUPERB shot!

16 Nov 2005 5:25AM
its absolutely beautiful head on.. stunning

( and for once ahead of my moments..)

top class

Nikki Smile))
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
16 Nov 2005 5:35AM
Hmmmm....Not sure of this one Greg, I can see what your trying to do and why. I think it would work better if there was some colour in the eye other than the highlight. It's still very stunning and will go down a storm with most people, which will just prove wrong again....LOL...But for me, it just lacks something and I'm not quite sure what I guess.....Still gets a very worthy click of course.
Thanks for your comments on my upload today, makes me feel a little guilty for saying what I have on this one, but you know me by now, I'll always try to be honest with ya!

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
16 Nov 2005 5:36AM

Not a problem, I have a high contrast monitor, to me this shot is too bright, but folks think my shots are a bit on the dark side so I have been told, so it helps for me to compare because I have a heck of a time gauging this. Thank you for the mod.

TonyA 16 11 Spain
16 Nov 2005 5:38AM
Excellent portrait of the black bird eating the seeds. Must be seen in the large version were the luster of the plumage is clearly visible.

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
16 Nov 2005 5:41AM

Wish I could get some color in the eye, but this is a dark eyed junco, the best I can hope for is the highlights in the eyes. Their eyes are like deep tar pits and getting detail is near impossible. Not a problem on the assesment Ade, I never have issues with critiques as long as there honest and constructive. Also your shot today was a killer, you should be proud.

chase Plus
15 2.1k 544 England
16 Nov 2005 5:41AM
A good capture Greg,something a little different for sure.I like the position in the frame& the presentation.
It looks me,I suppose beauty is in the eye of the monitor!
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
16 Nov 2005 6:04AM
I got a light monitor and think its cracking.

suleesia 16 176 Malaysia
16 Nov 2005 6:06AM
The black on black looks good. Lighting on plummage is excellent so is the catchlight and detail in the eye. Large version is worth a look. Nice one, Greg. Glad you experimented with this, it helps for me to gauge my own monitors as well. Something I am struggling with, getting the brightness right.
A_Harrison 16 261 Canada
16 Nov 2005 6:12AM
A fine feathered friend.Nice detail in the eyes and plummage.

magda_indigo 17 418 England
16 Nov 2005 6:13AM
Ala Rembrandt... (*_*)
dalischone 16 295 Scotland
16 Nov 2005 6:25AM
Fantastic image, love the black background. great detail.

angelamary 15 6 England
16 Nov 2005 6:27AM
Might be just a tad over-sharpened, but I think it works. Focus spot on as always, lighting just right. A Lovely shot.
Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 6:45AM
well caught greg
tmann 16 4 2 United States
16 Nov 2005 7:02AM
great capture!!!
lukey_b 15 91 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 7:34AM
My monitor is clearly friends with Mo's because her mod stands out slightly more. None the less this is a very clever and well presented shot.
old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
16 Nov 2005 7:56AM
Excellently done, Greg.
MoWiz 15 114 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 8:00AM
Mo is a him, LMAO
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 8:22AM
Great detail on my monitor, a lovely shot, nice to see a different approach,
ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 8:27AM
Another cracker Greg, even looks good against the black

future 16 153
16 Nov 2005 8:32AM
Works for me Greg great exposure on the Junko to get that feather detail and the black on balck gives it a real edge, I think the beak and the nut (at least I think its a nut) give it that touch of colour. I like this one Greg, well thought through, shot and processed. Cheers Chris
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 8:56AM
Well timed capture Greg,lovely.

paul_indigo 17 259 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 9:03AM
Well deserved 30.
C_Daniels Plus
16 399 10 England
16 Nov 2005 9:32AM
Like him!
sputnki 16 10 Canada
16 Nov 2005 9:43AM
Hey, I thought we were done with the Junco? Well, I'm glad you threw this one in, the profile is awesome. The similarity of tones between the background and the bird make for an excellent shot. Too bad he's got something stuck in his teeth!

daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 9:52AM
Love the black on black Greg, it works really well, and the bird is nice and sharp, with good exposure.

Forgive me, but I can't help thinking I would personally like to lose a bit of space above his head, but then that's just me.

Apart from that..excellent work indeed!!

16 Nov 2005 10:07AM
Looks pretty good to me.
He looks like a really cheeky boy!

faulknerstv 16 421 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 10:17AM
Great image, sorry about lack of comments having to use a friends computer at the minute killed mine.

16 Nov 2005 10:18AM
Great shot as usual!
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
16 Nov 2005 10:40AM
The shot is good, with nice detail.
For what it's worth imo it looks like the light needs to be halfway between the mod and yours on my LCD monitor.

tim g 17 13 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 10:42AM
Nice detail

leeg 17 165
16 Nov 2005 10:51AM
I like it. really good creativity. Only nit is the head is a bit low in the frame for me, otherwise a good image.
turtle1 16 41 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 10:52AM
Now this is different - great image

Pegon 15 78 1 England
16 Nov 2005 11:30AM
A cracking image,superb detail.
16 Nov 2005 11:49AM
Wow! I love it! fantastic capture.
Well done.
16 Nov 2005 11:52AM
superb capture greg, the lighting and detail work really well on my screen,keep up the good work

click clint
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
16 Nov 2005 12:36PM
I know what you mean by the monitor problem everyone sees things different, looks fine on mine, I like the dark background myself
ValSaxby 15 146 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 12:53PM
Nice one Greg. Works well for me.
pcjackso Junior Member 15 7
16 Nov 2005 1:14PM
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
16 Nov 2005 1:48PM
Definitely one of your best Greg,this is superb.The detail and comp is excellent.Wonderful image mate.
16 Nov 2005 2:09PM
Striking capture Greg !!

yjjeep 16 13
16 Nov 2005 2:19PM
Good work up Greg.
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 2:29PM
superb Greg
16 Nov 2005 3:27PM
Love the dark b/g. Add a little something more. Well done!!

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
16 Nov 2005 3:40PM
I was working on a junco yesterday---very difficult because they are DARK and dark eyed---If you brought more color --lustre into his feathers---wouldn't be the junco--I think you did quite well---an imortalized Black-eyed Junco!
johnjrp 17 432 5 Australia
16 Nov 2005 3:45PM
Very well worked Greg. Looks good. click. John
BerthaDBluze 16 19
16 Nov 2005 3:47PM
I like the black on black. Lighting looks great on my monitor! Great detail and catch-light! I'm flippin coins on the "trim a little off the top"...or maybe I'm just flippin! Smile
16 Nov 2005 4:03PM
I love the crop ..... good detail of the paanut in his beak ..... yes I think the dark on dark works pretty well ... still lots of detail! thanks for sharing the details on how you did this ... it has given me some ideas! Click*
tonymarq 15 1 United States
16 Nov 2005 5:12PM
Great capture Greg and works well with dark background! nice detail of seed in beek!

stay well!
silvina 16 9
16 Nov 2005 6:06PM
Great capture, very nice use of colors and good composition.
sybilla 16 264
16 Nov 2005 10:30PM
I love this Greg. The blacks work togther really well, what a great idea. Cant fault it.

GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 10:48PM
Love the black on black, I don't think the excellent detail in the feathers would stand out quite so well on a lighter coloured bg!
vparmar 16 7 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 12:16AM
fantastic image Greg

Keelo 17 18 Australia
17 Nov 2005 12:56AM
Works for me Greg, like the black on black and the contrasting beak. Also works well with the white border, Nice job.
exposure Plus
16 6.0k United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 1:15AM
A lovely image lots of detail a lovely composition and catchlight.
17 Nov 2005 2:52AM
Excelent shot Greg. The large version shows up great detail. Very nice presentation.

joko 17 1 Bulgaria
17 Nov 2005 5:02AM
Excellent shot!
Like the composition.

daringdaphne 16 82 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 9:02AM
I think he looks rather pleased with himself, and his eye looks keen. Nice close up! Nice one

17 Nov 2005 9:36AM
Very Nice Greg
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
17 Nov 2005 10:05AM
Hi Greg,this one stands out loud and clear on my moniter and i love the detail of the food in its beak,eye catchment,tones,lighting and exposure.Class head shot and composition.Take care.AnnSmile
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
25 Nov 2005 2:59AM
Works out perfect, Greg.
Good job.
14 Jan 2006 9:54PM
Luv how the beak is so well lit up...Cool shot, Greg!
Suzan Smile

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