Photography by J.D. Magers

Portfolio Book Image: Angry Red

Added on by J.D. Magers.

Red Winged Blackbirds are so cool.  I attract them every day to my bird feeders in the backyard.  Not surprising really, given they're everywhere.  But there is just something about that red spot on each shoulder that draws me to them.  Especially when the golden hour light hits them just right, and you can see how vibrant it can be.  

This image isn't at golden hour, but it was at Barr Lake mid morning on a flat light day.  Goes to show you what can be accomplished even under "crappy" lighting conditions.  The bird saw me taking his picture, and wasn't afraid to tell me hits thoughts on the matter.  I really like how you can see both of his eyes, and there is also a lot of detail in the feathers on his breast and tail.

Another reason this image appealed to me is the soft background.  It really separates the bird and makes him stand out.  The compression from the long lens does that for us.  I also know that he is centered in the frame, but I feel the square crop works here.  He is sitting high up in a tree after all...  

Red Winged Blackbird, Barr Lake State Park, Adams County Colorado.

Red Winged Blackbird, Barr Lake State Park, Adams County Colorado.