Working with Color Palettes


Photographing birds is hard enough. After all, the little buggers don’t hold still. When you add the concept of color palettes to bird photography – selecting a set of colors that are related or complementary – WC’s head starts to spin.

But WC did get lucky this once, with a Black-faced Grosbeak feeding on similarly-colored berries in decent light, with this result.

Black-faced Grosbeak

Black-faced Grosbeak

It’s not ideal. It’s kind of an ugly color to start with, unless you really like mustard. And the focus on the bird’s head is just a tiny bit soft.

The bird was a part of a mixed flock, a birder’s ideal, with a couple of dozen other birds of mixed species. Always a delight to encounter a mixed flock of tropical birds.

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