I posted the above image to my Facebook page as a sign of encouragement that spring was indeed on its way. Usually, I don't edit images other than exposure, as I prefer nature in its own surroundings, but there was so much brush surrounding this fella that I decided to experiment. After all, the excitement was the robin's return, not the bare branches.
Here's the 2272 x 1704 pixel photo I originally started with...
My first job was to pick the area I wanted and then crop it to a 1528 x 1528 pixel square so it would look good on Facebook...
Using my free PicMonkey photo editor, I played around with the FOCAL SOFTEN feature until the focal circle looked good.
But there was still too much "noise" in the background, and I wanted a clear area to label the image. Still using the FOCAL SOFTEN feature, I adjusted the focal BLUR and FADE features until I liked what I saw.
My last change was to add the text identifying the bird, where I took the photo, and when. And that's what you see in the photo at the top of this post.
I add my website address to my photos to ensure anyone using them has a way to contact me if they wish, but I don't required anyone to credit me for their use. It's a nice gesture, but not necessary. I only ask that they treat my photographs with respect and not use them for anything illegal or that would cause pain, embarrassment, or discomfort to anyone viewing them. I know, this is just a robin, but it goes for all my published pics.
If anyone wants a photo without labels, a quick email through my contact page will suffice.
As you can see, I'm just an amateur photographer trying to capture and share the wonder and beauty of God's creation.
The images on this post are sized for Pinterest for my Pinterest boards, Photos: Nature and Scenery, and/or Photos: Birds.
Full-sized images of these birds and nature can be seen here.
Photographs taken by
Anita Mae Draper