The thaw started yesterday and it’s been raining most of the time since about 3:00 yesterday afternoon. There’s still too much snow on the ground for the ground feeding birds to get to their normal sources, so I have Towhees, Varied Thrushes and even a Song Sparrow coming to my feeders. This Varied posed quite nicely in a fir near my blind (unusually so as they’re usually half hidden.).
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Anything. I straightened this about 5 degrees CCW and had to do a little fill on a couple of edges even after the crop.
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Is this a composite? No.
Sony A7Riv, FE200-600 @ 500 mm, gimbal head mounted to blind, f/8, 1/160, iso 2000, manual exposure. Processed in LR & PS CC. Brought the highlights up and shadows down in RAW, cropped and some burning of background elements in PS, Neat Image for noise reduction and Topaz Detail for a bit of feather enhancement. Taken this morning at 8:51 am in the rain.
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Such a beautifully colored bird. One day I hope to see one in person. It stands out nicely against the green background with no distractions. I’m glad you have a feeder for them for the harsh cold you’re experiencing.
Dennis, that’s a really eye-catching bird. The colours contrast very well with the dark green of the tree. And I like how its perch is in focus, along with the head. The small spots of snow visible here and there complete the wintery picture. Excellent shot!
I’ve never seen one of these birds and probably never will so, thanks for posting, Dennis. Man, you caught him in a terrific environment. What a pleasing background and nice pose. Hope your weather moderates soon.
Great pose and detail and a nice setting with the water droplets being a nice addition. I would agree with Diane about the color. There seems to be a purple cast to the image. On the other hand, I seem to recall some of my images of varied thrushes having a purplish quality in some of the feathers, but in looking through several books, I can’t find this being described.
Hi @terryb@Rick_Alway@Kris_Smith@Vanessa_Hill@Allen_Brooks@Diane_Miller@Mark_Muller Thanks for all the comments. I’ve added a revised version just below the original. I just took the posted version into LR and used the white balance selector on one of the brighter highlights then reduced the exposure a bit because it got unnaturally bright for a rainy winter day. See if it makes a difference to you.