The black dog syndrome

Taking a good picture of something black…something deep, rich, unadulterated black…is a challenge for any photographer, but especially for an inexperienced photographer. It’s enough of a challenge that it even has a name:The black dog syndrome. While I wouldn’t consider myself inexperienced, I’m far from being an expert. Some things I get right. Some things I don’t. Photographing black objects is in the latter category. Today my challenge was getting pictures of red-winged blackbirds that included the right amount of detail in the darker tones. Take a look at the photo gallery below, and you will see what I’m talking about (Click on any picture to scroll through the gallery).

The pictures were taken with a Nikon D7100 and processed in Lightroom 5. If you have any suggestions for improving them, especially the blackbirds, please  reply below. All comments are appreciated!

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip

For the Record
  • Weather: The high temperature was 61 degrees. The morning was overcast and the afternoon was drizzly.
  • Exercise: According to the app on my phone, I walked 6133 steps or almost three miles.
  • Yahoo! It’s no wonder I’m tired tonight.

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