Sleeping Beauty: Pink Flamingo

Image created on August 15, 2013 at the Jurong Bird Park, Singapore, with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. ISO 1600, f/8, 1/500s, Evaluative metering +1/3 EV.

The Jurong Bird Park is home to a variety of flamingos, these are located in their own pond near the park entrance. Similar to penguins and because of predators, flamingos are more comfortable living in large groups, there are about 30 individuals in this pond often with a few juveniles. Photographers will find this location challenging, reddish colour are easy to over expose with digital camera and as the background of the birds are also generally dark easily fooling the camera into overexposing the birds. I generally like to frame tight portrait of birds but that day my eyes got attracted by this isolated sleeping flamingo.

Only limited editing have gone into this image, with the usual noise reduction and exposure optimisation. The image was framed a tad too much on the right thus the image was expended in photoshop using content aware fill. The bird was slightly enhanced using Nik detail extractor and a few feathers were cleaned of distracting spots.

Sleeping Beauty: Pink FlamingoChristian C. Berclaz

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