This is a Little Blue Heron coming in for a landing. The little Blue is born completely white and as time goes on, turns completely blue, so the slight blue coloration you see on him is natural and shouldn’t be messed with much. The Little Blue is about the size of a Snowy Egret.
Here’s my dilemma: Swampy areas are filled with lots of green-yellows, thus making getting BG’s to stand back from your primary subject, difficult. I did one small lights 1 mask on the LBH to tone down the brighter whites but have done nothing (other than some selective cloning on debris on the water’s surface) to the BG.
I have done the BG several ways: Left as you see it, mid-range darker, and very dark. The latter two really push the LBH forward, but it seems to me, unnaturally. Anyone wanting to take a shot at this, be my guest. This is a bit of a compressed DoF and a fairly substantial crop on a full frame sensor.
Is this a composite: No
D810, 200-500 @400mm, f5.6, 1/1250, ISO 640