I've been looking through many of my bird pictures lately and I'm seeing the same type of challenge over and over again. I wonder if any of you birders/nature photogs have any tips to help me out.
Many of the birds I see are perched way up in trees, often on bare branches. As a result, I get the bird in the frame, the branch, and then nothing but a completely flat, textureless blue sky. (See attached) Sometimes there is pleasant green and brown bokeh behind and around them, depending on where they are. Much more often than not, I'm holding the camera almost perpendicular to the ground and shooting straight up.
There isn't much I can do in post. All I did to this shot was sharpen it a little. I think the blue overwhelms the photo, but I don't know what else to do except maybe crop tighter, or underexpose the subject a little and then lighten it in post so I don't have such an obvious, bright background.
Any hints? Tips?