Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 
Ruffed Grouse Courting

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In the Field

Ruffed Grouse Courting. Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary, AB, Canada. June 25, 1984.

Another ancient shot from the archives! I've included this shot to make a few points: don't be afraid to dust off those old slides and give them a second look. There may be gold lurking in the shadows of those slides!

As is obvious from the strong shadow cast by this grouse's bill, this scene was strongly toplit. In the original slide the bird's chest and underbelly were in extreme shade and appeared almost black. The representation of the scene by the slide was far more contrasty and with stronger shadows than it looked to the naked eye. This is because film (ALL film) can capture a much smaller range of brightness (or dynamic range) than can the human eye. In this case I scanned the slide and then used a few "tricks" in Photoshop CS2 to recover the nearly lost shadow detail. The final corrected image ended up being much closer to "reality" than was the original slide. By the way, I didn't touch the shadow cast by the bill (I could have lightened it significantly) simply because I knew it would help me describe the shooting situation and explain the dynamic range issue.

Behind the Camera

Ruffed Grouse Courting. Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary, AB, Canada. June 25, 1984.

Film Capture; Fujichrome 100; ISO 100.

Minolta X-700 film SLR with 300 mm Rokkor-X F4.5 lens - handheld.

Exposure information not recorded.

At the Computer

Ruffed Grouse Courting. Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary, AB, Canada. June 25, 1984.

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Conservation

Ruffed Grouse Courting. Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary, AB, Canada. June 25, 1984.

Ten percent of the selling price of this image (Limited Edition Print or Stock) will be donated to Wildsight.

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