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weaver bird building a nest

By clg  
Weaver bird building a nest. Battling to get my color correct?

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2013 9:08PM
A beautiful capture...
annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
29 Nov 2013 10:23PM
pity you could not find a moment with the head visible.
Shooting against the sky is very tricky, it is the shadows that I find most difficult.
Did you shoot 8, 12 14 or 16 bit? Raw or jpg.. the latter is not that terrific for shots against the sky.
the more the better to recover detail and recover highlights as well.
Try setting the colour balance first, then reduce whites, lift shadows and look at the colour channels separately if you are not happy.
At a glance, I'd guess your blue lacks a bit of magenta component which points towards a too blue/green balance at start.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2013 8:53AM
Interesting indeed. The feathers look great. A pity the angle was not a bit better for the birds features. The colour looks a bit blue to me. You give no exposure details so difficult to say but the sky is turquoise. Unlikely to be that colour.

Nothing really to reference. Don't know the bird's colouring to guide.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2168 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2013 4:34PM
Hello, Chantelle, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
The site isn't picking up your Exif Data (details of camera settings). It is difficult to give a fully constructive critique without these.
I think your image has lost some of its original sharpness during compression and re-sizing for the site, so remember to sharpen the image after you re-size, and before you upload it.
Also, itís a good idea to assign the sRGB colour profile to your images for the web, otherwise people will see the colours differently.
A few things to get your head around.

It would be ideal to see the bird's face, but I think this image has other qualities, and I particularly like the splayed out wing and tail feathers, which are very attractive.

I found this picture of a weaver bird building its nest, very much like your image (click on the blue word to go to the link). The reason I searched for a picture was to see what sort of colours the bird displayed because you say you are concerned about getting the colours right.

The difficulty here is that you were shooting into the sky and your camera will have got confused, being torn between metering for the bird, or evaluating all of the bright part of the scene, and it has thus underexposed your subject. You could have used some fill flash to yield more even lighting at the time of shooting. Another helpful tip when shooting into the sky is to dial in some positive Exposure Compensation to allow proper exposure.

I have done a modification where I removed some red and did a Levels adjustment for the sky. I slightly saturated the yellow on the bird because most pictures I see of this bird are very bright yellow.
The nest shoud still have some green in it, because some of the nesting material is still fresh.
You have too much "dead" space on the right of your frame, so I have cropped it to a square format. I lifted the shadows to get some more detail in the bird's back and the front of the nest, then sharpened.


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