hmmm. This is a tougher one. The perches for birds are always tough and when the perch doesn’t fit the size of the bird, it creates even more challenges. But… we don’t get to choose where they land. The larger crop introduces even more of the perch that is just too large for the size of the bird. Here’s a bit of a different crop to slight de-emphasize the perch. I darkened it by painting contrast on the perch. I also did a bit of that to the bird, but lightened it, rather than darkened. See what you think.
Great capture of the Chickadee, David! Details and exposure are excellent and the seed is the icing on the cake and makes it special. Personally, I prefer the first post. Since there’s no background of any interest, the expansion doesn’t add to the scene and only loses the great detail in the close-up. The close-up is also a better balanced composition.
Hello, David, wonderful ‘action’ shot (how come seeds fly?). Love the intend look of the Chickadee. The composition is a difficult one indeed - I would be tempted to opt for your first posted image… But, it’s not easy … Cheers, Hans
There were several piles of seeds nearby where this image was taken and other birds may have flicked them into the air. The other possibility is that the chickadee had collected in the air and I caught it in mid flight.