Thanks! I gotta tell you, when I shoot at close range with the 600, and expose for the shadows, the out of focus background really can take on interesting effects. In this case, it was created by the late afternoon sun hitting some very fresh green leaves on trees in the distance. I didn't like the background color when I shot it, but I guess I had to play the hand I was dealt. It's not often that I get to photograph the Females, and I couldn't pass it up. Thanks again!
Thanks! Yeah, the background bothered me too. Shooting at close range with the 600, and exposing for the shadows, the out of focus background can take on interesting colors. The late afternoon sun hitting some very fresh green leaves on trees in the distance gave me the unusual color. I didn't like the background color when I shot it, but the bird's color is dead on. I could fix the background color by changing the color balance a wee bit, but then the bird looks strange. Oh well....
Thanks! Yeah, I agree with your comment on the background. It really looked odd when I shot it. The low afternoon sun was hitting some trees that had recently leafed out, and gave me the strange color. Since the bird was in the shadows, I exposed for the bird and not for the background, so what you're seeing is and overexposed, vast expanse of fresh green leaves, illuminated by the low (right at sundown) sunlight courtesy of a 600mm lens. I tried to fix the color a little and got a new species of Cardinal, judging from the colors of her feathers. So, I elected to leave the background alone, and keep the birds colors pure. Thanks again!
Thanks! The background color is a combination of a very low sun angle plus fresh leaves that are thrown completely out of focus by the lens I was using. I didn't like it when I shot it, and I'm still not crazy about it, but when I tried to adjust the background color, the bird's feathers looked oddly colored, so I left it alone.
I knew it was the female I so wanted to see Danny, and, I love her! And, whatever anyone else says, I love the background / DOF. As you know, I read widely to learn all I can, and I read a very important and salient point recently about background and DOF and this is a perfect example of the point I read, so I appreciate it and love it even more, and my reading makes me pay even more attention to images from a technician such as you. I am not a fan of the critiques people give, such as the background comments here, because, who lives in a perfect world? It is not possible to post an image that would be perfect in every viewer's eye, and if it was possible, there would only be about three images on dA! I think the DOF and background are wonderful, and, importantly, the fact she was not in the light, which to me makes it even more spectacular. So, Z has spoken, and, she thinks it is perfect and spectacular. So there
So, Z has spoken? I love it... If you need specifics about how I control the DOF in these images to get the smooth backgrounds, don't hesitate to Note me. I'll be glad to give you any tips I possibly can to help you.
Actually, I am disturbed by the comments on the background. My humble opinion is, so many images on here are so highly manipulated beyond recognition from the natural, that it has become the 'norm'. My sensibilities, even if it leaves me in the absolute minority, prefers nature as it is. Even considering nature as it is, this is a spectacular capture Wn, and I appreciate it more than you will ever ever imagine.