(If backgrounds have been removed, etc. please be honest with your techniques to help others learn)
A very nice pose and perch, with pleasing colors and good tonality for strong front-on lighting. You have good detail with good DOF for f/8. I’m wondering if it’s a big crop, as it feels a little oversharpened, which is easy to do with fewer pixels.
I’m a little conflicted about the black BG – is there a bit of detail to bring out there?
Nice nuthatch photo. This little guys seem hard to catch up to. I like the exposure. My preference would be to have bird a bit to the left in the frame.
Very good detail in the Nuthatch, Wayne. I like the pose and perch. I too am wondering about the black background. It almost looks like a flash image though you don’t mention using one. Did you have an artificial background or replace the original in processing?
The comments mentioned by previous viewers will help the comp. The black BG is unusual for this type of shot. The nuthatch is nice and sharp, but lighting is very flat…Jim
My first reaction to the image was the black background. Went back and read what you provided and didn’t see mention of flash. The image has a very flashed look to it with flat frontal light like that from an on camera flash. I’m a huge advocate for using flash to enhance images where feasible, but if the flash work is noticeable, then it doesn’t help.
Seeing the original, you did a nice job with the processing. I take bird photos all the time in these conditions. It didn’t look flashed to me, the eye would have looked weird, it did look like a large crop.
A better head angle and it would be even better.
My first thought was this looks like you used a flash. The original shot shows what you started with and the end posting. I want to thank you for posting the original photograph. showing the starting point is vary helpful.