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The peacock

By mranu
Trying to capture the colors of this beautiful bird Smile

Tags: Wildlife and nature Birds wildlife

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beautiful colours nice and sharp like it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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steve_fdr 5 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2013 3:45PM
Fantastic deep blues, well captured
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2013 4:55PM
Perfectly good image of it's type. I would have had the flash on at about half power just to punch a bit of brightness into the head and eyes. Too much would dilute the fine colours.

16 Aug 2013 9:01PM
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2013 9:19PM
I love the way you have filled the frame with the peacock's feathers, Mranu. A classic image, but I feel sure you are quite pleased with getting your own.

The image is underexposed and Paul's idea of using flash is a good one. However, it would benefit from brightening in your editing programme.

The peacock's head is very central in the frame. Normally, this would look fine because you have different configurations of feathers either side of the head, but here you have something intruding into your frame bottom right. It may just have been the flapping of his display that caused it, and that part being the closest to your camera lens. I have therefore gone for a crop in my modification, placing the peacock's eye on a thirds intersection.

It looks as if your focus was just to the right of the peacock's head because the head isn't as sharp as that part. It's important to have the head sharp and also for it to stand proud of the feathers behind it.
A faster shutter speed would have been ideal because these birds hardly ever stay very still, especially when displaying.

In my modification I have also done a Levels adjustment which brightens the image, helps to separate the background, and enhances the colours. I then selectively sharpened the head, and cloned out some bits from the bottom right corner.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2013 9:28PM
I felt that I oversaturated the colours a bit, and so have uploaded another modification with the saturation reduced.
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
16 Aug 2013 10:36PM
Hi Mranu. I like your composition here, however as Pamela says it is underexposed. This is easily rectified in PS using the Lighting tools, in my mod I have adjusted the levels and increased the lightness in the shadows. After doing this it was obvious that the blues were way to saturated and they had to be toned down.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2013 6:59PM
I've looked at this a few times. Composition-wise it's tricky. I agree with Pamela that the central position of the head in the frame doesn't quite work. The problem is the angle - conventionally the head should be on the right looking into the frame: but there's a lot of interest in the feathers on the right... I think I would crop more or less as Pamela has done, but then flip to have the peacock looking in from the left.
I suspect that the light was fairly flat. This is a natural look for such conditions, the colours have a muted glow. But the image could do with added brightness. What I would avoid at all costs would be flash, even at reduced power. For one thing you would risk losing the chance of a second attempt, it could cause the bird to become agitated. More importantly, those feathers are highly light-reflective. The flat light has actually served you well in producing such rich, saturated colours. Direct light would risk blown highlights all over.
My own Mod will follow...

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