Eastern Wood Pewee

A member of the family of Tyrant Flycatchers. I watched a handful of these in my yard today, flying out from their perches to hover over the grass and catch insects. They were sometimes coming so close to me they brushed my legs with their wings.

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Pertinent technical details or techniques: Canon 60D, Canon 70-300mm IS USM Zoom @ 300mm, f/6.7, ISO 2000, 1/1000 sec., Ev-0.5 step, Hand Held. Processed in Canon DPP and PSE for light and color tweaks.

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I think this image has potential. Great bird to get in the viewfinder in an open setting.

My very first reaction is that the crop is extremely tight and very narrow. The bird is just boxed in with no place to look. The OOF branch in the background was just unfortunate.

I took the image into Photoshop and added canvas on the left to give it more room, removed some from the top, cloned out the OOF branch and worked a bit on some tonal balance. Here is the result. Details in the bird are still not very good, but I don’t know how much was in the original versus what was left after your initial processing.

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The crop was tight, Keith. Trying to crop out other distractions. I could open it up a bit. There was not great detail in the bird from the beginning. He was sitting in deep shadow which accentuates the weakness of this particular lens. But you did a really nice job with it. Thanks!