Stills V3

April 22, 2009

Songster in the Prairie

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 05:12

Common Yellowthroat/Kissimmee Prairie Preserve



  1. Oh wow, near perfect, perhaps a smidgen to the right?

    I guess there are some JPEG artifacts in the gentle gradients which would not be there on a print.

    I shall direct some of my club members here!

    Comment by Rex — April 22, 2009 @ 10:55

  2. Why am I thinking of a missile launch?

    Comment by matt — April 22, 2009 @ 12:45

  3. Rex — here’s your “little to the right”, though this one is also a closer view:

    Matt — well, this was taken only a few hours away from Cape Canaveral.

    Comment by Christina — April 22, 2009 @ 14:23

  4. Aha, clear proof that our government is training songbirds for ballistic missions.

    Comment by matt — April 22, 2009 @ 19:29

  5. I think “little to the right” gets rid of the ‘near’.

    Comment by Rex — April 23, 2009 @ 20:43

  6. Port Canaveral I know well but I never saw anything like this – perhaps the bars were calling. This is where the culture a country develops skews one’s thinking: surely English poets and composers (not Welsh or Scots) immortalized songbirds; how can another country do it?!!

    The position of the bird obviously allows it to be seen against an easier background but it also thrusts it into the air to maximize the effect of its song.

    The definitive songbird photo but you missed the crotchets soaring upwards.

    Comment by John Ellis — April 24, 2009 @ 06:38

  7. It is a shame to admit since I play the piano, but I looked up the word “crotchet”. I always appreciate the vocabulary lessons I get here.

    Comment by Christina — April 24, 2009 @ 15:12

  8. For me an interesting lesson in composition. The bullet composition as presented works much better than the to-the-right version, despite my initial agreement with the comments made by others. I’m very glad that the internet allows us to make these quick comparisons. If I’d only seen a print of this I would have hankered after version two.

    Comment by Colin — April 27, 2009 @ 01:12

  9. Like Colin, I’m glad of the quick comparison. I prefer the pose in this one but the framing of the other. This is a perfect peak-action shot – livens up what could have been a run of the mill bird on a stick shot. However, I do find the foreground blur at the bottom something of a distraction.

    Comment by doonster — May 2, 2009 @ 15:03

  10. the bird is lovely, so is the changing hue as backdrop using teh same colours as the bird. So much more than a bird on a stick.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 6, 2009 @ 11:20

  11. I was perfectly happy with the choice here, but fell in love with the alternate choice. In the alternate choice the bird holds the sky and foreground together and that framing appeals to me more. That is true in spite of the fact that my brain says it’s better to not have that transition from foreground to sky cutting through the middle of the subject. At any rate, I love both pictures. Both produce in me a lovely little chill.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — May 19, 2009 @ 00:37

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