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Lloyd Bloom
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March 8, 2021 11:11 pm  

Now, these grand birds with their pre-historic looking beaks frequent the ponds and marshes around our new South Carolina home.  But, this one was taken in February in the birds' winter vacation home further south, in the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, FL. in early February.  

Cheers,
lloyd

210207 Wakodahatchee 39

 


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Ulana
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March 10, 2021 10:16 pm  

@lbloom  That is a strong subject and a strong image.  I like the clarity of the subject and am interested in how you achieved the background. 


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Lloyd Bloom
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March 10, 2021 11:17 pm  

@uswitucha

Thanks for asking.

  1. This is shot against a bright, overcast sky
  2. Manual exposure for the darks
  3. Another wood stork at the bottom of the frame
  4. In LR, a bit of radial filter frames the head, inverted to preserve the exposure of the head and beak, but to slightly increase exposure of the sky and the birds’ bodies. 
  5. Finished off with a bit of clarity, sharpening, and small tweaks to red, orange, and yellow.

I have a landscape version with the bird off-center that makes a great background for web conferences with the stork looming large next to me 😎. 

Cheers,
lloyd

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John Motzi
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March 11, 2021 6:03 am  

Hi Lloyd,

What a cool image and unique view of the stork!  Almost look like a Star Wars character (apologies to the stork).  Execution is perfect.

JM


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