Before/After: Female Grackle

Time seems to be flying by lately. We’re into what passes for fall in Florida. That means the  daytime temps drop to the 80s, nights are cool, and dew points go down. 😉

I’ve been busy with edits, but I manage to get outside once in a while to take photos. I have a woods behind me and a lake down the street; there’s usually something worth taking pics of.

Before we get to the photos… news. My beloved moped got really sick, seemingly overnight, and because I’m not equipped to get it to a shop, and it’s about fifteen years old, I decided to sell it and get a bike. It’s red and has no gears, so I have to pedal. Exercise, you know? I need it. I sit on my ass too much most days, and anything that gets me moving is good. After my first short ride, I realized just out of shape my legs are. I’m improving every day, though, and I never take off without a camera.

I often talk about how important post-processing is, and I’ve got another stellar example for you. I was at the lake one morning and took pics of a female grackle. Unlike the males, which are black and irridescent blue, even purple, the females are brown. But not a boring, muddy brown. A rich, deep orange-gold brown.  This is an after.  She was in a slash pine by the water.

I took a second photo of her that I like even better. The pose is what I loved: the bowed head, the almost pensive mood.

Here’s the original. The only thing I did was crop it to match the final shot.

I did some basic adjustments in Photoshop, then jumped into Luminar Flex to make the real adjustments.

Who’d have thought such a beautiful picture was hiding in the darkness?

I’ll close today with a ‘gator shot, because it’s been a while. I saw this baby at the local park. I was looking for insects in the long grass next to a pond, looked up, and there it was, keeping a close eye on me. I was surprised and unnerved by how close it was, because I know they can move really fast when they want something. I slowly stepped back, took a few pics, then kept going in the opposite direction.

See you next time.

About Fenraven

Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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2 Responses to Before/After: Female Grackle

  1. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Amazing the difference in the two pictures, wow so close to alligator and you took a picture! I’d of run and not taken the picture!

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