Friday, March 26, 2010

Red-backed Wren too black for hack

Male Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) poses prettily in Tyto yesterday but jet-black plumage poses usual problems.

Tune down the sheen and as black detail emerges light colours blow out. (Tried selecting bird and branch for separate colour adjustments but 'magic scissors' too imprecise along the edges.)

Images not quite worth effort to clone out branch acoss tip of tail.

Mark it down as an almost.
PS: All four look better on Ingham Library monitor as I post this than on my notebook. Might be a lesson there somewhere!


Mosura said...

Look pretty good on my monitor. Especially #3.

Tyto Tony said...

Might do a bit more on them over weekend and post on Moday - if looking even better.

Mark Young said...

The repost of each looks better. It would be really hard to expose for these birds given how much they move around.

Duncan said...

Number 3 is definitely worth cloning out the twig. The lack of feather detail in the belly and rump just directs the eye to the bird's head and eye, super shot.

strider said...

These guys are so tiny I find it very hard to get close enough to them to get a decent shot. How close can you get Tony?

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mark, Duncan, strider: Reposting with twig cloned out. Sometimes get within three metres by walking up to or ahead of small flocks. More often, not so lucky.

Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.