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This sandhill was giving me the royal stink-eye as a wet cold snow fell around us. Groundhog day is the harbinger of the Spring season and a large burrowing rodent is best to blame for an early spring snowstorm in Michigan. It was so dark that morning, I was forced to open up the aperture and was able to get both eyes and the forehead of the crane in sharp focus.
Z9 600mm f4 +1.4x Teleconverter (1/1600 sec at f7.1, ISO 1600) Topaz DeNoise Ai, Levels, Shadows & Highlights, Brightness & Contrast, crop for comp.
I was hoping to get the bird to look straight towards me which would have been more dramatic for sure. What do you think?
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Hi Jim, the straight on look of birds is usually pretty funny to me and this is a good rendition of that. The eyes do add a lot in this image and seem to be staring me down. I also like the falling snow which adds another element of interest.
Yeah I feel the pain. Heard a sandy the other day and boom - a foot of new snow! Sucks to be you, crane. Quite an engaging close up. Love the snow bits flying around. Something I know intimately from my struggle to deal with it today.
Initial reaction: Cute! Cool! Fun! And wonderful on a serious level! I love the flying snow and I think it adds an important bit of action to the scene. From the bits of snow on the bird, it looks like he shook it off rather than that it was falling. The slightly angled look adds a bit of dynamics.
My first impression was “what a great image.” I like the intimate feel of the stare and those eyes really pop. The red forehead also looks great. The snow is a nice bonus and gives some environmental feel to the image.
My initial reaction in jealousy! I love Sandhill Cranes and have never been able to get this close, even with a massive crop. I love this image. Love the snow, love the eyes, love the feathers on the neck.