The photograph above was created at the Tampa Bay Rookery, during my last Spoonbill photography tour. Some in-between positions in bird in flight photography can be very attractive given the situation. In this case, the beautiful symmetry really gives a strong touch. Plus, some detail from the upper-wings as well as the under-wings are visible. The spots of red from the upper-wings only visible during breeding season are very easily admired.
Check out the video above to have an idea of which beautiful birds might have a chance to photograph during the Spoonbills and Shorebirds photography workshop, next March 2014. It is a three day instructional tour with three boat rides to local rookeries of the Tampa Bay, in Florida. You will have a chance to capture the great flight photographs of Spoonbills in the very best spot in the State of Florida for this superb pink bird.
The photograph above is a pair of Roseate Spoonbills squabbling for territory at Alafia Banks, Tampa. The animation shows you the original capture to the 3 picture composite final result. The original capture had great potential, but has a few major issues. One, the beak of the bird to the left was camouflaged by the wings of the bird to the right. Two, the bird to the right did not have a very good head angle. Three, there was not enough space in front of the birds to the right. With so many issues, I would normally not bother, but capturing a chase between two spoonbills during breeding season does not happen everyday. So, I created the composite photograph with lots of Photoshop magic. Last, I cleared up the beach a bit, which was taking out from the birds in action. During the Alafia Banks workshop, I will be happy to demonstrate how to improve your photographs and give the final touch with Photoshop! I invite you to follow the Bird & Wildlife Photography blog not to miss other beautiful image creations.
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