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Old Jun 23, 2004, 8:31 PM   #1
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He was very generous today to pose like this, thank you !

I used my latest post-processing trick for that one

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Old Jun 23, 2004, 9:05 PM   #2
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*ooooooooh* *aaahhhh*

nicely done again eric...great colors and stunning details...

but i have a question for you..

how do you choose which pictures are good enough to do all your photoshop work to? and how long does it normally take?

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Old Jun 23, 2004, 9:08 PM   #3
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beautiful picture of a very pretty bird. BTW, what camera and settings?

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That is exceptional! I have one of those in my backyard but I have yet to capture him. All I can get are the ugly brown and gray male sparrows. :roll:
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photosbyvito wrote:
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*ooooooooh* *aaahhhh*

nicely done again eric...great colors and stunning details...

but i have a question for you..

how do you choose which pictures are good enough to do all your photoshop work to? and how long does it normally take?

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Vito, 1st I look at the pose, is it worth going further ? Then is it sharp to my taste ? How about blown highlights, is it ok ? Too underexposed, too much noise ? Then this one took me some time, played with 7 layers overall with different EC in my RAW program, worked these in PS from that.

The rest is just some hard work to bring the max details I can, not only sharpness, but more the level of details in the feathers.

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Old Jun 23, 2004, 9:16 PM   #6
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beautiful picture of a very pretty bird. BTW, what camera and settings?

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Thanks greybird, the camera is a EOS DRebel (300D), lens is a Sigma 50-500 HSM (was at 425mm on that one), setting were F/9, ISO200, 1/400 sec. Shot taken in RAW, post-processed in 16 bit TIFF to finally save for the web in JPG.

Another note before I'm asked, the background was that dark. The location I chose at that time of the day has a dark background since the sun is not shinning on it anymore.

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That is exceptional! I have one of those in my backyard but I have yet to capture him. All I can get are the ugly brown and gray male sparrows. :roll:

Darrell, do you have bird feeders ? If yes , try to get a cheap silo type with small grains, will attract all kinds of finch.

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thanks eric.....you must be picky...

oh yeah...

how many shots do you normally take in a day...how much media do you carry around? and how do you carry it (bag? which one?)

thanks again

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I'm getting pickier, lol

It all depends if I have times to take shots. I take more than what I bring home, many times the shot is terrible, I view it in the camera and I simply delete it. Today I took prolly 15 shots, 7 of them were brought home, I knew before viewing this on the PC that there was 2 keepers.

When I go out for a full day of birding , I bring 2x 512 MB cards, that's good for about 144 shots in RAW, I never fill the 1st card, birding can be a long wait to even get some decent shots. Some days are better than others.

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Those numbers fit mine as well. I can shoot 10+ in a day and thats it, or I can fill my 1G card (same number of raws) if it's a good day and I spend a few hours.

I'm actually taking fewer pictures and trying to be more deliberate on what I shoot. If I just go crazy I don't feel I learn (and improve) as much. I still gotta get so I like PS work... I don't edit as many as I should (and therefor don't post as much as I could.)

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