Wild parrots

Love birds

How I Did It

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

One of my primary tasks with Photoshop CS6 and PaintShop Pro X5 is to make pictures more interesting. This particularly applies to bird pictures since birds are not known to be very cooperative in helping me compose my pictures. As an example, here is a picture of two wild parrots in Kearney Mesa:

Wild parrots

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It’s not a bad picture. It has two birds, it has a part of the telephone pole and a plant. Good composition. However, as it is, you can’t really see the birds. I want to make eye contact, and I’ve discovered that a 300mm lens isn’t good enough to go birding with. However, a 300mm lens coupled with Photoshop is!

First, I simply cropped the picture, effectively bringing the birds in closer:

Wild parrots

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Better than the first but I don’t really like birds just sitting on wires. I want something a little more. So I moved the birds a little ways down the wire:

Wild parrots

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I thought about moving the plant a little closer, but the focus of the plant doesn’t jive with the focus of the birds if I move the plant too close. So I didn’t. It looked too odd.

After moving the birds, I simply cropped the former position of the two parrots out of the picture:

Wild parrots

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Visually, the final picture is much more interesting; the right bird is looking at the telephone pole, seeming to wonder if he should get any closer to it. Maybe the right bird is playing hard to get………

I also really like the two birds being closer together. Instead of simple wild parrots, now they are love birds………lol

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19 thoughts on “Love birds

  1. elizabeth

    Loved how you composed this picture. I think you should have a caption competition with it because now it looks like they are having a conversation. 🙂

    “Quit posing Peanuts, it’s not like its National Geographic!”

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  2. kdkh

    I’m intrigued by the birds — I have one just like it across the room smiling at me. She’s much more cooperative than the ones in your photo, louder too. The parrots in your picture look like green-cheeked Amazons, also known as red lored Amazons. Thanks!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      If I remember correctly, they are. There are not parrots occurring naturally in San Diego County anymore. These two are from a flock of about a hundred that are the progeny of a pair that escaped back in the ’40s or so. Even parrots like our weather here!…..lol

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  3. Corinne Shields

    Hi

    What magic you weave here!! I write a daily inspiration blog at soulsnet.com and I always include one of my own very amateurish photographs and then I share another from a really good photographer, permission having been received and link back and credits always made, of course.

    I am here to ask:
    a) If it would be alright with you if I were to share one of your lovely images from time to time at soulsnet. I would always let you know when I was going to post and the subject matter and would always link and credit

    and

    b) To thank you for the information I have found here. Since I have been blogging, about 4 months now, I have discovered that quite unexpectedly I have developed an interest in photography. It must be the result of visiting so many wonderful photography blogs, but I really would like to know how to improve. So thanks for what you share here. I shall try to put some of it into practice.

    Hope to see you camping out at soulsnet sometime.

    Corinne

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Absolutely! And I’ll be by in a day or two to do some camping. Hope your camp store is well stocked with hot dogs and s’mores.

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