Strictly For The Birds

Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grinsPosts: 314Registered Users Major grins
edited November 20, 2016 in Wildlife
Hello,

Birds remain my favorite subjects to photograph. It's such a great honor to be in the presence of these living works of art! Here's a link to my favorite SmugMug gallery that I hope you'll enjoy viewing.

https://tonybritton.smugmug.com/Other/Strictly-For-The-Birds/

Best regards,

Tony
"My wife & I make the perfect point-and-shoot photography team. She points and I shoot!"
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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 3, 2016
    Nice light on this one!
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 3, 2016
    Tony -

    Looks like you controlled things well under difficult lighting with this shot.

    Or maybe, the pleasing effect came from your post-processing.:D

    Either way - a fine portrait.
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    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 29, 2016
    kscooper wrote: »
    Tony -

    Looks like you controlled things well under difficult lighting with this shot.

    Or maybe, the pleasing effect came from your post-processing.:D

    Either way - a fine portrait.
    Thanks, Eric.

    The control of lighting in this and in many of my shots, is a combination of taking advantage of side-lighting, the use of negative exposure compensation, low ISO and high shutter speeds. Essentially, anything it takes to create and enhance contrasting areas of light and dark on and around the subject. I really enjoy the darker end of the exposure spectrum. In post, I typically use Auto Contrast and sharpen the image in Photoshop Elements 12. If I see obvious noise in the image then I also use Topaz Labs DeNoise software, which is excellent!

    Here's another example and you can follow the link in this post to see all of my bird shots if you're interested. The images with the black background are a result of having plenty of light on the subject while the area behind is very dark to begin with. Then in post I can decrease the Levels to a point where the background goes completely black without the subject disappearing! Side-lighting can really help in this case.

    Best regards,

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 9, 2016
    Here's a few more!
    Tony

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 9, 2016
    All great! You are super at framing them as portraits!
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 9, 2016
    Especially love the Black-crowned Night-heron in this second set!
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    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 9, 2016
    Stumblebum wrote: »
    All great! You are super at framing them as portraits!
    Thanks very much. All of these are completely free of cropping and my favorite is the cormorant in the second series. We were on opposite floating docks at a harbor, bobbing up & down out of sync. It was fun getting the bird in the corner of the frame to take the shot. I love to "corner load" my subjects in the frame.

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 10, 2016
    kscooper wrote: »
    Especially love the Black-crowned Night-heron in this second set!
    Thanks, Eric. I love positioning myself to take advantage of the use of side-lighting. What a beautiful bird! It's amazing how completely different the juvenile form looks.

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 10, 2016
    coeywong88 wrote: »
    beauty!
    Thank you very much!

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 10, 2016
    Next series:
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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 10, 2016
    Hits keep on rolling!
  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,532Administrators moderator
    edited March 10, 2016
    Tony, thanks for posting these beautiful sets of such stunning birds. The second from the last is quite haunting (meaning GOOD).
    My Smugmug
    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 10, 2016
    Stumblebum wrote: »
    Hits keep on rolling!
    Thanks for looking and commenting!

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 10, 2016
    David_S85 wrote: »
    Tony, thanks for posting these beautiful sets of such stunning birds. The second from the last is quite haunting (meaning GOOD).
    Thanks, David.

    Congratulations on your excellent SmugMug site. Your landscape photographs are especially outstanding and the image titled "Cottonwood" is truly as good as landscape photography gets. I hope everyone here takes the opportunity to view your superb work.

    Tony
  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,532Administrators moderator
    edited March 10, 2016
    Thanks, David.

    Congratulations on your excellent SmugMug site. Your landscape photographs are especially outstanding and the image titled "Cottonwood" is truly as good as landscape photography gets. I hope everyone here takes the opportunity to view your superb work.

    Tony

    Wow! (and blushing). :ivar Thanks for the very kind words, Tony.
    My Smugmug
    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 11, 2016
    Here's a collection of some of my favorite egret shots.

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 11, 2016
    Fantastic B&Ws!
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 11, 2016
    Stumblebum wrote: »
    Fantastic B&Ws!
    Thank you very much!

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 13, 2016
    More favorites:

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 13, 2016
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    I left it blank....you are welcome to fill it in with whatever superlatives you prefer!
    Cheers!
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 17, 2016
    Stumblebum wrote: »
    _____, ________, ________, _________!!!
    I left it blank....you are welcome to fill it in with whatever superlatives you prefer!
    Cheers!
    Thanks for this excellent and very kind reply!

    Tony
  • Brian_SBrian_S Major grins Posts: 188Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 23, 2016
    Tony, these portraits are all fantastic, great job on capturing these
  • wave01wave01 Major grins Posts: 203Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 23, 2016
    you have some really nice sots there well done
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 23, 2016
    Brian_S wrote: »
    Tony, these portraits are all fantastic, great job on capturing these
    Thank you very much, Brian. They're incredibly beautiful birds!

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 23, 2016
    wave01 wrote: »
    you have some really nice sots there well done
    Thanks very much for looking and commenting, wave01.

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 23, 2016
    Thanks very much, everyone!

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 23, 2016
    I like the pink hue in the water for Pelican shot! Cheers!
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 24, 2016
    Stumblebum wrote: »
    I like the pink hue in the water for Pelican shot! Cheers!
    Thanks! It's one of my favorites!

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 24, 2016
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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 24, 2016
    Awesome! You have a way of getting close to these critters!
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