Archive for January 25th, 2009



Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Wood Storks are, in my considered opinion, the ugliest birds in the world…and one of the most beautiful. There is the undeniable beauty of their white plumage. In flight, with black wing-tips and their unique stretched out position, they are quite elegant. It is only the head, really where the ugly comes out, and it is the kind of super-ugly, over the top ugly, that crosses over, and has a beauty of its own.

This bird was in difficult light, strong low side-light, almost back-light, and I waited a while and wasted some exposures before catching him turned just enough to light the face. The water acted as the perfect reflector to open what otherwise would have been dense shadow on the left side (I helped it along with some Fill Light in Lightroom in post processing, but, once more, I knew I would be able to do that, and held the exposure down to capture detail in the highlights).

The bird is placed in the frame right on the intersecting lines of the Rule of Thirds, looking into the frame. A classic portrait.

Sony DSC N1 behind the eyepiece of a Zeiss Diascope 85FL. Equiv. focal length 1500mm. F4.0 @ 1/800 @ ISO 64. Programed Auto. No EV bias.

In Lightroom I did use Fill Light to open the shadows, and a bit of Recovery to bring out detail in the highlighted face. Clarity and Vibrance, and Portrait sharpen preset.

From the Space Coast Birding Gallery.