Vul­tures in Mon­frague

Practical Photography (UK) - - Photoshop Geniius | Photo Fixer - By Joy Wil­liamson

Joy says: I took this shot of a vul­ture com­ing in to land in the Mon­frague Na­tional Park in western Spain. I love that it shows how big and pow­er­ful the birds are. I’m also re­ally pleased I was able to get it in its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. In Light­room I in­creased the con­trast with the Clar­ity slider and ap­plied a slight crop.

Dan says: This is a bril­liant ac­tion shot of a grif­fon vul­ture com­ing in to land, with its out­stretched wings giv­ing it a very eye-catch­ing, strik­ing pose. There’s a small amount of cam­era shake in the rocks on the right, which could be reme­died in-cam­era with a faster shut­ter speed of around 1/2000sec. But this is a mi­nor point and the main bird in flight is nice and sharp.

Joy’s Light­room edit is a good start­ing point, but some fur­ther en­hance­ments would re­ally make it soar. Ex­po­sure, con­trast and colours are all fair game when edit­ing wildlife pho­tos, as this in­for­ma­tion is re­tained in Joy’s orig­i­nal RAW file. I’d in­crease the con­trast by dark­en­ing the sky (Photo Fix 1), and re­veal the shadow de­tail (Photo Fix 2).

This isn’t a straight­for­ward cap­ture, so Joy should be highly com­mended. A few ex­tra ed­its re­ally take it to the next level.

AFTER Canon 50D | 400mm | 1/640sec | f/8 | ISO 160

BE­FORE Sky is slightly washed out Shadow de­tail is hard to see

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