This is the time of year when you can catch birds blowing “smoke rings” as they call out. Kathrin Swoboda made the effect somewhat famous when her photo of a Red-winged Blackbird took the Grand Prize in the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards. My weak attempt was taken at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia, which is the same location where Ms. Swoboda took her photo
The challenge was to bring out the fog from the bird’s throat without over-doing it, and contending with the noise that I felt detracted from the image. Otherwise, I was really happy to finally get some shots of this scene.
@dqpcoxeas your image looks too much cooked to my eyes, but nevertheless congratulations because you managed to extract such a wide range of details from the dark tones area that I wouldn’t even thought it could be possible in a shot like this. You are a master chef. I like the original take more than yours, but I learnt to know your edits since I joined Pixls.us for their quality.
I tried to edit this photo, but what I achieved was trash.
These are all terrific edits. It’s impressive in the way that people were able to pull the features out of the blackbird. I hadn’t realized at the time how tricky this shot would be, with high dynamic range with almost all the details almost all in the shadows.