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Juxtapositions

By dudler
That's the title of my BLOG today - juxtapositions.

It's all about how you put it together, and not necessarily in terms of relative positions alone. Time matters, too.

I've noticed, over the last three months, that the birds come to our bird feeder several times a day, but with big gaps in between. Picture-making requires that you're there at the right time.

It also needs good light, or you have technical problems, unless your kit is the very best possible. A consumer zoom with restricted maximum aperture needs sunshine.

Following my last pathetic efforts, I have been watching for birds sitting still, waiting for their turn at the feeder, or possibly just casing the joint. I'm quite pleased with this, despite the out-of-focus twig in the foreground...

Not quite everything arranged as I wanted, then.

Tags: Garden Bird Wildlife and nature

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8 Jul 2020 12:00PM
I actually really like that photo. Because it shows the thrush(?) in its natural environment. In my opinion that's far better than the 'perfect' picture of a bird on a stick, isolated with a totally blur for a background that seems to be the current vogue on the camera club circuit.

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jacomes Plus
5 25 13 Portugal
8 Jul 2020 12:10PM

Quote:I actually really like that photo. Because it shows the thrush(?) in its natural environment. In my opinion that's far better than the 'perfect' picture of a bird on a stick, isolated with a totally blur for a background that seems to be the current vogue on the camera club circuit.


Quite agree,
James
Howard2 4 3 4 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 12:12PM
The eyes have it! And in this case, the eye has it, that catch-light, sharp to the last feather, bird looking into the picture, placed on a 3rd in the frame, the blurred twig is not a distraction because the rest of the image - including background and the leafy context, is all good. I might crop out a bit on the top of the frame and the right up to that right twig which would then form a frame. I would be very pleased if this were mine!
chase Plus
14 1.7k 420 England
8 Jul 2020 12:18PM
Well done John, a very difficult subject, especially with all the natural foliage around.
Enough detail where it needs to be and most importantly a good catchlight.
I may well have a bash at a mod as i reckon there is a crop to be had from the left and top just to put the bird in a 'cleaner' position.
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 12:18PM
Where normally too much foliage can be a distraction, her it acts as a contrasting b/g.
KateGrin
chase Plus
14 1.7k 420 England
8 Jul 2020 12:25PM
I did a very swift mod John, hope you don't mind.
Cropped generally, a little more from the left and top.
Cloned out the coloured flowers in the bg.
Set the colour profile to sRGB
8 Jul 2020 12:45PM
Nice results from your efforts and studies, John.
The main problem I find, is getting the dof right for images like these, manual focusing takes longer than the bird is prepared to sit still.

JohnSmile
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
8 Jul 2020 1:25PM
Cheers, Janet - that's an effective (additional) crop. And as for the colour profile - I am duly embarrassed. Something odd happening under the surface in PS.
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 18 Canada
8 Jul 2020 1:28PM
Even when they are sitting still there heads are always moving. Or they start to sing, which I want. I like them doing something rather than sitting looking pretty. Not my thing but if they are there I try.
mac Plus
18 7 Scotland
8 Jul 2020 3:11PM
I prefer bird photographs to be in their natural environment, as in your image. A good straight forward capture complete with catch-light.
Ian
8 Jul 2020 3:14PM

please see mod 2
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 684 England
8 Jul 2020 3:18PM
It's a dunnock (no-one seems to have spotted that so far).
I like Janet's crop and processing as it's the bit of bright red and yellow that's a distraction.
There's nothing wrong with birds on sticks (to quote a phrase) per se, though quite a few birds do like such perches while others prefer more cover. That said, a lot ignore any perches I introduce.

Quote:I have been watching for birds sitting still

A very good approach which works well.
Saastad Plus
1 16 6 Norway
8 Jul 2020 3:26PM
I like the two modifications Is a bit better.
For me personally I like a cleaner background.
I think it is important to make the model shine (the bird), so I prefers birds on a stick Smile

Arne Smile
JuBarney Plus
9 33 4 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 8:37PM
A beautiful shot and this dunnock stands out well against the green BG.
Ju
PS. Leo's Mod works well too.
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
9 Jul 2020 6:51AM
Thanks to Keith and Ju for the identification!

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