Do Not Hesitate Part II. And just so you know … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Do Not Hesitate Part II. And just so you know ...


My flights were fine. I met up with three of my six clients and we car-pooled down to Pullman. Everyone enjoyed the introductory program. We slept in (Palouse style) and did not leave the hotel until 6:00am! What a luxury. We did old cars and trucks followed by one of my favorite red barns (with yellow streaks). We are headed for lunch soon.

The Streak

Just in case you have not been counting, today makes 17 days in a row with a new educational blog post 🙂

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Just so you know …

I very much love everything about the image that I posted in the Wedding Dress — Like it or hate it? Do Not Hesitate! And Auto Tone Magic blog post here. I am fine with the fact that one poster would have deleted it instantly and fine with the fact that most who commented found fault with one thing or another. I even liked the image title 🙂

This image was created recently at Gatorland on a rainy Friday afternoon with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and my favorite bird photography camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800: 1/320 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode (was the left-over exposure from a baby Tricolored Heron and resulted in a significant over-exposure). Daylight WB.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -1.

One row down and one AF point to the left of the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF. As originally framed (see the DPP 4 screen capture) the selected AF point was on the bird’s neck.

Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Snowy Egret — fledged young yawning

Do Not Hesitate Part II

I was working a baby Tricolored Heron. Though it has some white on it, the WHITEs are not nearly as bright as the WHITEs on any Snowy Egret. My young snowy was sitting on a fence post. I saw it yawn, and knowing that the resulting image would be over-exposed I pointed, frame, acquired focus, and fired off two frames. Blinkies city. But as the blinkies were not too extensive I thought that I might have a chance to save the WHITEs during the RAW conversion in DPP 4 and then again in Photoshop. As we saw in the Wedding Dress — Like it or hate it? Do Not Hesitate! And Auto Tone Magic blog post here yesterday, if I had stopped to change the exposure or even if I had tried to move the AF point, I would have missed the yawn and come up empty. Keep reading to learn how I saved the WHITEs.

DPP 4 Screen Capture

The DPP 4 Screen Capture

Notice that the RGB values for the RAW file are 254, 254, 254. And that is with the Brightness slider pulled back to -.50, one-half stop. I moved the Highlight slider to -2 and converted the image. There were still some 254, 254, 254 WHITE RGB values in the converted TIFF so I made a Color Range selection of the brightest WHITEs, put them on its own layer, and applied a 20% Linear Burn. To my taste, the whites in the optimized image at the top of this blog post look just fine.

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8 comments to Do Not Hesitate Part II. And just so you know …

  • Lovely, the ruffled feathers, open mouth and intensity in the eyes are all 10/10. I can make out the brightest whites that seem to lack detail on the back of the bird, but it doesn’t detract from the image at all.

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Very nice. Classic Arthur Morris.
    clear, sharp, awesome capture, great feather fluffing-detail, green background.
    nearly looks like it was shot in a studio!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thank you girl-Kerry. I am glad that I did not hesitate 🙂

      with love, artie

  • avatar john farnsworth

    Nice, Artie. With the wind-ruffled feathers and the open beak the composition takes on a narrative quality. We get a good description of the bird’s volume from your treatment of the white tones on the torso. If I had not heard you describe the behavior as a “yawn,” I would be interpreting the bird’s expression as “perturbation.” Where this photo improves on “Do not Hesitate Part I” is that the natural history being documented is not being obfuscated by high-key abstraction.

    This one’s definitely a keeper!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You are probably right about it being perturbed. Now that I think of it it was probably squawking at another bird flying by.

      with love, artie

  • avatar David Policansky

    Very nice image. I love the semi-circle of feathers around the bird’s neck. Was there a breeze coming from behind the bird?