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Old Jan 19, 2005, 5:18 AM   #1
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Finally had a sunny day yesterday, though the temp was 9F. Couldn't track
down anything until later in the day when I ran across a herd of Chickadees.
While I was following these guys around, this downy showed up.

Shot settings: ISO200, 1/400 sec, f/8, 400 mm

Processing: ACR -> 50% crop -> a little shadow recovery -> resize ->
0.3, 75% USM -> save for web

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Old Jan 19, 2005, 7:22 AM   #2
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Great shot!
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Old Jan 19, 2005, 11:24 AM   #3
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Great shot Woodmeister. I've taken a few so far of the Downy but haven't gotten close enough yet to have a good one. Yours is good.

I'm using Photoshop 2 and I haven't found the "shadow tool yet" Could you possible tell me how to get to it with some hints on how to use. That is if you are using the same program that I have.
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Nice shot. Wish that branch in front of him wasn't there.

Houston, shadow/highlights only available in PS CS and now in PS Elements 3.0.
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Old Jan 19, 2005, 6:03 PM   #5
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I really like this photo woodmeister. It's clean (bokeh), exposure is good, sharpness isn't too much for me (but almost), sprinkle of light is great, and the bird itself is unique looking to me. The downy fellows that I got so close to in December seemed dirtier and older than this one. It looks youthful to me, whether it is or not. It appears somewhat runty or tiny, and I like it. This could simply be the way it's perched. It almost looks like it's feathering for cold but that couldn't be the case, not down where you are...or could it? Is 9F cold? No way!
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Old Jan 19, 2005, 7:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments.

Houston- You can use the curves tool for shadow or highlight enhancement,
but it takes some practice to keep from screwing up the midtones. BTW,
using Photoshop CS.

Norm- In some of the other photos I got of this guy at different spots on the
tree, he still had that sort of "puny and pudgy" look. He was pretty much
the same size though as the others around here, which is pretty small,
about the size of a nuthatch.
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