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Flamingo Solo



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One bird to rule them all at The San Diego Zoo.
Insta: @thombarbour

One bird to rule them all at The San Diego Zoo.
Insta: @thombarbour
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5 Comments |
Witmar
 
Witmar September 07, 2016
fantastic work
thombarbour
thombarbour September 07, 2016
Thank you very much!
Krodriguez
 
Krodriguez September 07, 2016
Stunning shot!
thombarbour
thombarbour September 07, 2016
Thanks K! You have some great flamingo captures too.
Mrsviruet
 
Mrsviruet September 05, 2017
Beautiful
thombarbour
thombarbour September 05, 2017
Thank you so much, Mrs. V
deekaycee Ultimate
 
deekaycee June 15, 2021
Cool photo! Congratulations on your challenge win!
thombarbour
thombarbour June 15, 2021
Thank you Dee!
Noleezie
 
Noleezie June 16, 2021
Very Beautiful 😍 Congratulations on your win!
thombarbour
thombarbour June 16, 2021
Thank you, Tracey!😃
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Behind The Lens

Location

This was a late-summer shot taken at the San Diego Zoo in California.

Time

It was a beautiful, overcast, southern California day. Perfect for shooting outside. I came upon the birds later in my visit, so there was quite a crowd gathered around. I simply waited until an opening appeared and moved into place, where I stayed maybe 15-20 minutes taking shots.

Lighting

This image was shot using only natural lighting a bit after midday. Because it was overcast, harsh shadows were easily avoided. This would be helpful when post processing.

Equipment

I handheld my Nikon 750 with a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.

Inspiration

The beautiful plumage and the general density of birds drew me to take the shot. There were a number of eggs nestled between feet on the rocks as well.

Editing

Post processing for the image included the creation of a solid black layer over the entire image that was then erased (using a mask in Photoshop) in tiny increments until the main bird was revealed and the lighting molded to give it a dramatic, spotlight effect. I then de-saturated and gradually revealed the bit players in the background. Manipulating the image really benefited from the overcast day. The RAW file was rather flat with almost no shadows which allowed me to heighten the color and dramatic lighting on the bird.

In my camera bag

In my camera bag I always have my Sony a7Riii body and two lenses. My favorite is the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 prime for it's ability to expand the story around subjects. I also carry a Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 telephoto zoom because a lot of my paid work is shot from a distance. Accessories include a simple light meter, extra battery and charger, remote shutter release, collapsible reflector (tucked inside an exterior panel of my backpack), grey card, and tabletop tripod.

Feedback

The image took little time to shoot since the birds were quite animated. However, it took a lot of patience in post processing to "spotlight" the bird and create a nicely lit balance between the foreground and background.

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