Nature Study Group #1: Gautam Biswas
Title: Courting Sarus Cranes
Goal: The goal was to make an image of this pair of Saras Cranes to show their courting behaviour. The cranes dance and jump around each other briefly
Source: Image made with the Canon EOS 1D Mk IV with a Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS II lens and a 1.4x tele converter @at 215mm focal length at ISO 800 f5.6 and 1/1000sec
Technique: Waited for the pair of Saras Cranes to break into their characteristic courting dance. Unfortunately much of their dance happened behind the tall elephant grass. Had only a short window when they came in the open space.
Processing: cropping and tone adjustment in LR4
Study Group Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)
Posted by sharonp on Mar 6th, 2013I have observed this courtship dance among Sand Hill Cranes in the US. You were fotunate - or patient - to capture it in such nice side light. The detail in the birds' feather and the water splashing is very sharp. I think there is good separation of the subjects from the background. To me it seems you have cropped it just right. My eye is drawn to the brilliant red. Very nice capture.
N = 3 T = 3 P = 3 T = 9
Posted by danc on Mar 29th, 2013Very good story in this image with a lot of additional elements that enhance the story, such as the splash of water cascading down from the leaping Crane's feet. Processing was well handled. I hope to see this one in the Camnats International. The only thing that stopped it from getting that E point was out of your control, the position of the leaping Crane's head.
N3, T3, P3 = 9
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