Found In Nature

Signs of Spring, you can find them here if you are looking hard enough.  I’m on the lookout, so I have noticed the increased number of birds that I can see outside my kitchen window in the morning.  This little sparrow really likes the cover of a pile of sticks we are collecting from a recent storm:

ISO 1600 19mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100
ISO 1600 19mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

I’ll show you the original in a moment but I decided to convert this image to black and white for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Found in Nature  I used my point and shoot to get this image. This little bird was pretty still, so I was pretty confident the camera would get a decent shot.

I opened the original in Camera Raw and increased the exposure and the clarity.  Then I converted it to black and white.  From there I opened it in Photoshop, cropped and sharpened it a bit.

Here is the original:

ISO 1600 19mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100
ISO 1600 19mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

One of the reasons I cropped the photo was to make the bird look like it was in a more natural setting.  I also wanted to make him a little more obvious, since he gets lost a bit in the black and white.  What do you think?  Does black and white work here?



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    1. I was concerned that if I cropped to much off there might not be enough to “tell the story” of the surrounds. I gave it some thought anyway, I was just concerned about it being too cropped. Thank you for your honest opinion, I do appreciate it.


  1. I like the B & W best – and for me – I have not been seeing very many birds – but I keep HEARING them more and more – and it also lets me know spring is a coming….. 🙂


  2. I knew that spring was just around the corner when I heard the call of a red winged backbird. I couldn’t see him but I could sure hear him. A sure sign of spring in my necj of the woods.

    I am getting excited to see what I’ll get to shoot this spring and summer.


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