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Yellow Weaver on Flame Tree

By Tracey_McGovern

This was taken on the banks of Lake Bunyoni in Uganda. I had twisted my ankle and was confined to my tent for the day, which just happened to be on stilts at tree level, there was a beautiful Flame Tree right outside our balcony. The perfect location to sit quietly and watch the local bird population flitting around.

Would this be classed as a Natural History shot at competiton level? I've darkened the background and added a small amount of vinette to the corners but as far as the bird is concerned, I've just added a little sharpening, I know you're not supposed to tamper with a Natural History shot.

Critique and mods greatefully accepted, hopefully this time I've included the metadata per comments on yesterdays image. Can someone please let me know if this did not come over.



Tags: Wildlife Nature Bird Uganda Wildlife and nature Yellow Weaver Lake Bunyoni Flame Tree

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Jestertheclown 8 7.5k 251 England
7 Nov 2011 10:10PM
. . . Yep!

EXIF's all there.

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Canonshots 6 141 13 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2011 10:16PM
I think I would have liked a bit more DOF, since that red foliage is every bit as intersting as the bird. But what a great shot of the bird! Pin sharp detail and perfect timing capturing the creature in an attitude that conveys movement far more effectively than blurring would do. And the colour rendering is something to die for. This would certainly have had a vote from me if voting had been in effect.
bagman 6 65 United States
7 Nov 2011 10:18PM
well i love the eyes starring at me. the colors and splendid details are well done but i am no expert.
the beautiful back ground blends in so softly and well. I fine that i just like and in the end that is what is important .
best wish,s in your future work.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
7 Nov 2011 10:24PM
a lovely bird in a very interesting pose. the shot is sharp and the eye contact is superb!
I might have cropped a bit lower to have a bit less blurry red leaves and concentrate more on your extraordinary bird!
Jestertheclown 8 7.5k 251 England
7 Nov 2011 10:34PM
Hi again Tracey,

I rather like this.
I'd be inclined to trim a little from the top as, although I quite like the red foliage, I think it's just a bit too much. I think also that you've gone just about as far as you dared with the sharpening on the bird. Any more would be too much.
The colours are first class though and I particuarly like the pose from the "wrong" side of the tree. It makes a pleasant change to see a bird that's not positioned conveniently on a twig. Very well captured.
As for whether or not it would qualify as Natural History in a competition, I'm afraid I've no idea.
Hope this helps.

banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3707 Canada
7 Nov 2011 11:41PM
Extremely colourful image Tracey. Dont forget to assign the sRGB colour space to the image when uploading, - its another box to click in CS5. Also, on the load page for EPZ, about halfway down on the right, theres a box called More Exif Options you should click. It will add camera model, lens type also.

Overall, for me its over sharp, mainly due to the fact that contrast is very high. I can look better, - more "natural" with less contrast, which also drops sharpness a little.

The red is quite heavily oversaturated, - and draws a lot of attention. When red apperas in any image, its where the eye immediately is drawn, so less sat is a good thing. ( I suppose thats why Bulls get peed off at the red flags)

the mod has less red sat; slightly less contrast and sharpness. Ive also shifted the bird more to the left with a crop.


8 Nov 2011 8:08PM
Excellent work here Tracey,love the inquisitive pose......You were obviously spotted Wink
8 Nov 2011 9:33PM
Thank you for all your comments and feedback, of which I have taken on board. I agree that the top needs cropping a bit and maybe desaturate the red a bit. Thank you in particular to Willie for the modification, much appreciated.
Best Wishes
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
9 Nov 2011 7:49AM
Wow - this photo really grabbed me. Colours are incredible and the bird is pin sharp. The composition is perfect and I love the fact that he has spotted you. Well done.
NeilWigan 7 16 16 England
10 Nov 2011 6:47PM
Yes Tracy ,you can alter the bg so long as the main subject remains as was ,so i am told .

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