Caught a 'catcher'
Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:53 PM
I dragged myself out of bed Thursday am at 4:45 and headed down to Milford, CT to try to get some improved Oystercatcher pictures, perhaps a piping plover chick, terns, etc. My main focus was on getting some decent looks at either of the two pairs that are breeding on the sand split at the mouth of the river.
They've been there for the better part of 6 weeks and I've yet to get anywhere close to them without them flying....or running away.
Persistence paid off yesterday, after two failed attempts to 'sneak up' to them. After following some terns around I decided to go back for one last try with the closest pair of Oystercatchers. I got fairly close to the one that was sitting closest to me, and kneeled down in the sand. Within a few minutes the one that was originally further away was crossing me at about 20' and actually walked behind me down towards the water. 150+ shutter clicks later....
Any comments/critiques are more than welcomed. I didn't do the best job framing the bird, and I feel like there needs to be more space on the bottom. Any thoughts on this?
Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:31 PM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:04 AM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:05 AM
That is a really beautiful shot of a gorgeous bird! The color and detail are just wonderful. And what an eye, wow! I agree that more space at the bottom, if you have it, would help the composition. It looks like the stones would be pretty well focused, too. Great job!
Unfortunately I don't. I goofed on the framing of the bird and I'm not nearly skilled enough in photoshop to try and fix that.
Always next time!
Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:27 AM
As with you, I don't have the skills and/or patience to add some foreground.
I might suggest toning down the background some so as to reduce its brightness and to keep the viewer's eyes on the main subject.
Let's see how this compares.......
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