The odd pose of the bird as it hunts…the odd lighting in the shadowed channel and the late sun, the reflections beyond the bird, and patterning in the water in the foreground, all combine for me into something more than the sum of their parts. Not a picture of a bird, though the bird is important to the picture, but a picture of a moment in time, a quirky moment, when the lone hunter is most alone. The distance keeps us distant, but so do the harmonies of the composition…the pattern of light and dark, color and the silver of the water. Not your typical bird portrait.

Sony DSC H50 at almost full telephoto (400mm equiv.). F4.5 @ 1/500th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom, I used some Recovery to bring up detail in the foreground water, Clarity and Vibrance for overall effect, and the Sharpen landscapes preset. Once more, the image required some Fill Light to open shadows.

From the Space Coast Birding Gallery.


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