Black-capped Chickadee on Drip

Critique Style Requested: Standard

The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.


Another from yesterday. Compare the plumage of this chickadee with the last one I posted. Plumages are all over the place this time of year from downright ugly to as pristine as this one.

Specific Feedback

I had a bunch of frames of this chickadee perched right where it is in this one, including a few with this same head turn. I liked the position of the drop from the drip in this one best, so I chose to process it. I did a ton of cleanup on the background including repair and over-painting. Does it still look realistic.

Technical Details

Sony A1, FE 200-600 @ 600 mm, tripod with gimbal head, f/6.3, 1/320, iso 2000, manual exposure. Processed in LR & PS CC. Cropped to 5135x3715. Taken at 12:42 PM under overcast skies.

I missed this one earlier – wonderful!! I love the pose and detail – and the perfect drip!! He/she is giving you such a nice look – “is this pose good?” Wonderful BG – I wouldn’t have known it was altered. A calm BG lets the bird get all the attention.