Exposure in the Fog/Please Rate This Image « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Exposure in the Fog/Please Rate This Image

What’s Up

By Friday dinner I was feeling much better. I met up with Michael Hankes and we headed for DeSoto. While exploring on Tierra Verde we spotted a great blue with a big black snake, probably a racer. He did not like us and walked down to the shore of a nearby lake. As we followed he went over the bank. When we got it back in sight, it had already swallowed the snake. Zero pix. We did get some decent stuff on a few spoonbills.

The weather got worse as we checked out a few spots in the park. At one point, as we were getting our gear ready, I asked Mike, “Do you think it’s safe?” He said, “What are the chances of getting hit by lighting?” Five seconds later we had our answer: BHAM and FLASH. And I mean big BHAM and huge bright FLASH! We got back in the car and decided to head for dinner.


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This image was created down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL with the BLUBB-supported Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III and the blazing fast, rugged Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera Premium Kit with 64GB Card and Reader. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2 stops: 1/400 sec. at f/6.3 (was somewhat of a too light estimate). AWB.
LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: 5.

Upper Large Zone/Shutter Button/AI Servo AF was active at the moment of exposure. The system selected two AF points that fell on the bend of the wing. Though this would seem to be just ahead of the plane of the bird’s eye the image was sharp enough.

Image Sandhill Crane colt on a foggy morning

The Foggy Morning Original

The JPEG above represents the converted TIFF file. I actually added one full stop of light via the brightness slider during the RAW conversion. It was tough to get the lens on the bird as the colt was walking away from my vehicle that was not squared up with the bird. When the bird turned toward me I figured, it does not cost me anything to push the button so what the heck. I created two frames. This one was sharp, the other was not.

Would you keep this image and attempt to optimize it?

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This image was created down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL with the BLUBB-supported Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III and the blazing fast, rugged Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera Premium Kit with 64GB Card and Reader. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2 stops: 1/400 sec. at f/6.3 (was somewhat of a too light estimate). AWB.
LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: 5.

Upper Large Zone/Shutter Button/AI Servo AF was active at the moment of exposure. The system selected two AF points that fell on the bend of the wing. Though this would seem to be just ahead of the plane of the bird’s eye the image was sharp enough.

Image Sandhill Crane colt on a foggy morning

The Optimized Image

I thought that ACR’s DeHaze would have worked magically with this image but it did not so I want back to basics: a Levels Adjustment, a Curves Color Balance adjustment, my NIK 30-30 recipe on the bird only, and the full treatment NeatImage noise reduction.

Your Call

On a scale of zero to 10 with zero being an insta-delete and 10 being a BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition entrant, how would you rate this image? Why?

On a scale of zero to 10 with zero being very poor and 10 being excellent how would you rate this image on:

Composition:

Exposure:

Color:

Sharpness:

Impact:

I will share my ratings with you here soon.


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11 comments to Exposure in the Fog/Please Rate This Image

  • avatar Jerry Fenwick

    10,9,9,7,0. It’s a good picture for identification of the species, but it offers no excitement.

  • avatar Christopher King

    With what today’s cameras are capable of, if I like the composition in an image I’ll see if there’s any way to save it in post in situations like this one.

  • avatar Bill Fraser

    Hi Artie – nice photoshop job to save this image! I would rate it as follows: Composition: 5 – suggest moving left in the frame to give it room to fly. Also suggest making the bird smaller in the frame to indicate that it is a colt.
    Exposure, Color, Sharpness: 8 for good photoshop work.
    Impact: 6 an average portrait of a bird not doing anything.
    Very Best, Bill Fraser

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Glad you’re feeling better. Interesting images and questions. In some ways I like the original (non-optimized) better for its ethereal quality, but obviously in other ways I prefer the optimized image (stands out more, color).

    Composition: 6. The bird doesn’t have enough space, especially over its head and in front of it (to our right). Nice background though and foreground.

    Exposure: 10. I can’t see anything wrong with the exposure.

    Color: 8. It’s a bit too HDR-like for my taste but maybe that’s just because I compared it with the original. But 8/10 is pretty good.

    Sharpness: 8. It’s certainly sharp enough at this magnification. As your caption says.

    Impact: 6. It’s a nice image of a young bird but it doesn’t jump out at me. Now you’ll tell us it was honored by the BBC….congratulations. 🙂

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Hi Artie,
    3,4,3,4,1
    The neck and eye are not sharp. The bird is just standing there – not interesting.
    There is too much green in the shot – needs another color for balance.

    Nothing in this shot says “Arthur Morris”.
    Nothing interesting going on and no intimacy drawing us in, pulling on our heart strings, etc. Most often my reaction is WOW. (the recent Double-Crested Cormorant shot for example).
    This shot is way too pedestrian for you!

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    10 I like it. If it had been possible I would like to have seen a horizontal with bird on left side too, but wasn’t possible.
    7 can’t see much detail in white on top of head.
    3 seems to have a red cast especially down in the grasses? But maybe they really are that color?
    5 neck isn’t that sharp but it could be my eyes which are changing after cataract surgery
    0 needs to be more unusual to be a grabber

    To me the OOF back & foregrounds are lovely, perfect head angle.

  • avatar Doug

    Bet you have many images more deserving of your time.

  • avatar John Abegglen

    It’s a solid 7.

  • Composition: 7 I think it needs more land to the right of bird Exposure: 8 It appears to be backlit a bit so it should appear a tad dark in front Color: 9 Sharpness: 6 Seems fuzzy, but I have never seen a colt before, perhaps they are fuzzy and this score should be higher Impact: 3 bird seems a bit boxed in Thanks for letting me participate.

  • Hi Artie, I really like this image, I think the success of the optimization is amazing. The composition is very pleasing to my eye with the end of the ridge of grass just below the knee joint. The dark pastel green of the background contrasts and draws my attention to the orange bill. The exposure seems fine to me and it seems sharp. Technically this image is great but I am not sure what impact it has on the viewer. In the way that an action shot might have or an image that evokes feelings of anthropomorphism and emotions.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better after your bout of flu.
    Jake

  • avatar Maggi Fuller

    10, 5, 5, 8, 0

    Nice enough image Artie, but for me & certainly the BBC, it just does not have that ‘WOW’ factor….. Sorry.