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Puffin in Pink

By lagomorphhunter
Any general ideas on this one, better crop, lower saturation of the pink flowers?

Tags: Puffin Wildlife and nature

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5 May 2019 3:07PM
Great shot. Doesn't need much else done to it. Maybe a little more exposure?
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
5 May 2019 5:55PM
Very nice and made by he composition and sharpness. I would maybe brighten the birds face just a touch - the cheeks are a touch dark. Either a bit of dodging or a bit of overall brightening, then burn the flowers in a little. The flowers do NOT need desaturation.

I suspect a big crop here. Even at 600mm with the 4/3 format you would be very lucky to get this close to a Puffin. I know from shooting them with my 840mm availability.

Where was it taken? Farnes/?

Hi Paul, not that tight a crop, just uploaded the original for you. This was in the Shetland, a wonderful place. I think at Sumburgh RSPB, where this lighthouse is. Amazing place and you can get really close, as in a few feet!
PS I will be going back with my new camera set up..
It looks perfect to me Lewis. I love this shot. Pam
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2084 United Kingdom
5 May 2019 8:15PM
An excellent image, Lewis, and one that I would certainly award if it were in the main gallery.

I have done two modifications. In the first, I cropped to square, removing some space from behind the puffin, and leaving more in front of it, a compositional guideline that generally works well. My additional reason for the crop was in order to place the bird's eye on a thirds intersection.
I then did what Paul suggests, using the dodge tool on the face and the burn tool on the flowers.
Also, I removed some background marks from the bottom left of the frame, and blurred the edges of the flowers so that they didn't look overly sharp.
My second modification shows an overall brightening and slight contrast adjustment.

I love the way the puffin appears to be peeping over the top of the flowers, this is very attractive.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 582 England
5 May 2019 9:43PM
Hi Lewis, it's a fine shot and I'd definitely vote for this if it were in the main gallery. Possibly little surprise there!

Your original shows underexposure, influenced by the bright thrift. If there's some grass or foliage around I'd base my exposure on that - either set it manually or use it as a guide to determine hat exposure compensation to add.

The composition is very central - I know you want to focus on the eye, but after one shot in the bag you should have time to recompose in-camera. Pamela's mods demonstrate well off centre placement of the subject.
You were midway through your zoom range so you could have been at a longer focal length which would have avoided so much cropping.
A lot to think about when they are running about all around.
Or, once you have your first shot and there's time, zoom in closer so you have a series of images. But that's a good general approach for many subjects.

It's great when they do get close, where a standard lens would be adequate!

The saturation of the thrift is fine.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4019 Canada
5 May 2019 10:42PM
The original is quite decent, though very underexposed.

Using the original, Ive uploaded mod 4.

The exposure is increased; white balance is warmer; the eye catchlight is enhanced; vibrance is increased. Crop to place the head on a third with space on the left.


chase Plus
14 1.1k 249 England
5 May 2019 11:22PM
Great comments above but I couldn't resist a mod for you. I used your original image as I do like the whips bits of grass to the LHS.
Brightened a little using levels, increased the lightness of the catchlight, slight increase in colour saturation & hue to the sky and Thrift flowers.
A good starter image.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
6 May 2019 9:09AM
I couldn't resist either... It's a delightful image, it's way outside my photographic comfort zone but it raises questions about composition, crop, framing...

A very soft foreground can be problematic, it can create a barrier for the viewer's eye. Hold your fingers up in front of your eyes and try to focus on the view beyond them, that's the effect that you risk. Gentle application of the burn tool doesn't add sharpness but it does give a better sense of substance, a more tactile feel. So I tried that.

I worked from your original, and warmed colour slightly. The sky seems more moody than blue, so I kept that.

And then I flipped horizontally for a classic portrait looking-to-the-right pose. It seems more comfortable to the eye, so it's simply by way of comparison.

I like the soft grasses creeping into the corner of the frame, they give balance so I kept them in my crop.
Thanks all, just uploaded a new version based on thoughts and feedback above.
Quite different from the starting point however I do prefer it!
Again, thanks so much everything for contributing.
Hmm, just noted some issues on the edges of the flowers, will edit them out!

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