Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Enhancing an "Upstanding Bird"

During a visit to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans I came across a black-crowned night heron standing on a railing. It looked like a wild heron since it didn't have a leg band and it was able to fly. The bird seemed quite used to people, so it just calmly stood there while I managed to get eight shots of it before some kids came up and scared it off. This one is my favorite. I find the red eye quite captivating.

Original Black-Crowned Night Heron Photo
Original Black-Crowned Night Heron Photo

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon Extender EF 2x III
400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 400

Since the colors in the photo are a bit dull and the bird is slightly out of focus, I decided to do a little enhancing and ended up using a couple of techniques I hadn't used before.