The Photo Story
For some reason, I had never taken a really good photo of a crow. I’ve taken a ton of bird photos, but when I looked back in Lightroom, no crows. It seems really odd. I don’t know whether they are that wary or its just bad luck.
I was hiking Cuyahoga Valley National Park on a bright, sunny winter morning . The crow was off in the distance. I couldn’t get a shot as he was blocked by branches. I decided to wait there at the Beaver Marsh and see if he came any closer. Luck was with me that morning. The crow landed on the same dead tree that I photographed the Nuthatches. It must be my lucky tree.
Camera: Canon 5d Mark iii
Lens: Canon 500mm f/4 IS with 1.4x teleconverter
Focal Length: 700mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2500
Exposeure Compensation: +1/3
Lighting: Clear, Sunny winter morning. Sun was at my back front lighting the crow.
- Cropped the image using the Develop Module in Lightroom and used the shadows slider to brighten the shadows.
- Used Viveza 2 to lighten his eye and darken the dead tree.
- Used Topaz Denoise and a Layer Mask in Photoshop CC to selectively remove the noise from the sky.
- Selectively sharpened the bird and tree trunk using the unsharp filter and a layer mask in Photoshop CC.
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