The Egret - Central Park, NYCby: © Leonard Aschenbrand
I took almost 15 photos of this egret till I got this one......The sheer beauty of the bird struck me....Beauty in Nature reigns!!!!
Lens: Super-Telephoto: > 2
Exposure time: 1/1000 ,
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This is a very interesting subject, nature and animals always are, but you have some technical problems here that you can go around easy.
Either than that keep up the good work!
The subject is great!
I like the composition but the bird is a little bit to the right with it's body totally framed in the center of the vertical axis.
Use of camera,
Seems to be a little overexposed. Since it is a backlight situation it would work better having a darker shadow cast by the bird.
I would work well if it had almost none bu it also works well like this.
I really like backlight lighting, it's great to give a dramatic look and also show the profile very well. The contrast of the bird with the background is too strong and gives the idea that the background was darkened in post processing.
How to improve your photo
When changing the light in post processing try to do it conservatively first to see if it's giving you the desired effect. In this case (if you did it because it could just very well be the light situation) it would be nice to have the background visible. It could be very dark in order to highlight the bird but not loosing all texture.
Texture is very important in photography just as it is in drawing and painting or any other art medium. In this case you have very little to no texture both in the highlights. You should have exposed the shot to the highlights and then open two stops to set it to the correct value in the zone system. You can do it many ways but in the case the zone system would have helped you. You then would process it in order to keep texture in the highlights without completely loosing it in the shadows.
When framing this bird it would be better if the bird had a little more space to the right or you could just assume giving space to it's back, making it look as if something had happend before the shot.
For me this image is to contrasty: you can see that very well on the log.
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