Scarlet Macaw Photographed in Colombia


1/320s @ f/5.6 ISO 320 @ 200mm + 1.4x TC (EFOV=280mm)

I photographed this beautiful Scarlet Macaw in Colombia, South America in July 2015. I was able to get pretty close but was missing my 400mm f/5.6L Prime lens. However my 70-200mm with a 1.4x TC brought my Effective Field of View (EFOV) to 280mm. The lighting was challenging because the Macaw was in deep shade with dappled sunlight coming through the overhead branches. At first I didn’t care much for the dappled effect but its grown on me the more I look at it. I worked with the shadows and highlights in Photoshop but the colors are completely natural, I did not boost saturation or vibrance. I cropped the final image to an 8 x 10 aspect ratio and added just a tad of sharpening—the original RAW file was close to being tack-sharp even using the 1.4x TC.

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