Archive for January 2nd, 2010



Cactus Wren

From the Desert Botanical Garden visit just before Christmas. This guy put on quite a show for me, practically at my feet, before perching up here and posing for his portrait.

The strong backlight/side-light, while it provides drama and some really nice effects in the seed head, made it necessary to use a combination of Fill Light in Lightroom, and Blackpoint to the right to bring out the detail in the shadowed body of the bird. It works. The nice graduated blue in the sky behind the bird was just thereā€¦could not have planned it or made it happen. Sometimes it just all comes together.

Sony DSC H50 at at full 465mm equivalent and macro. F5.6 @ 1/640th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Besides the Fill Light and Blackpoint adjustments already mentioned, added Clarity and Vibrance and the Sharpen Landscapes preset in Lightroom.

From Desert Botanical Gardens 09.

Here is a quick grab shot of the bird at my feet doing some strange feather ruffling thing.