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Old Feb 5, 2005, 11:24 PM   #1
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The only way to get close enough to take a shot of these guys is through my bedroom window, looking down through our balcony. Needless to say, this does not make for an easy shot, especially when you've got a Kodak 6490, which doesn't like complicated focusing.

Let me know what you think.

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Old Feb 6, 2005, 12:56 AM   #2
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The birds are great, Tom, and the twigs seem to be just in the right place. I even like the way the bottom bird is somewhat turned away. Very nicely saturated and solid colors.

PS - I'm not a fan of the blurred sides, though. Otherwise, real nice.
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very pretty photo, something like a card photo:-)
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Nice shot Tom.

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PS - I'm not a fan of the blurred sides, though. Otherwise, real nice.
I think they were from shooting through his deck and uncontrollable unless cropped out.
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Nice shot Tom.

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PS - I'm not a fan of the blurred sides, though. Otherwise, real nice.
I think they were from shooting through his deck and uncontrollable unless cropped out.
Yes, that is exactly the case. The vertical slats on my balcony were about half-way between me and the birds. The 6490 really likes to focus on large, obvious subjects; the real challenge was to get the camera to ignore the balcony and focus on the birds. That would make one skinny photograph if I cropped them out.

Thanks for the comments. (any hints on getting rid of the CA/PF? I tried Tom Fiddaman's plug-ins, but couldn't find a setting that worked for me.)

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That would make one skinny photograph if I cropped them out.
Yes, skinny like you see in some spectacular looking prints, especially in the area of japanese and chinese landscape pen and inks. Here's what I was thinking, hope you don't mind me experimenting with your work. I'm not sure what you mean by CA/PF,


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Hi, Norm;

I really like what you've done with my shot, Norm. It really does call to mind the Japanese pen/ink art. Now I wish I had thought of it first. :roll:Next time I find myself with a challenge like this, I'll certainly consider it.

CA is shot for "Chromatic Aberration"(colour shifts). PF stands for "Purple Fringing". Both of these are bad.:-)With the TCON17 you can often see little colour shifts along twigs or sharp edges. Tom Fiddaman has a couple of plug-ins - one called CA-Free and the other, PF-Free. They are supposed to really help, but I haven't found the right recipe yet. If anyone has experience with this, I'd appreciate some tips.

Thanks for taking the time to work on my shot. I appreciate the overall result.

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Oh, that's what it is. Try Color Fringe Reducer 5 for either Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop. I just ran your picture through it and got rid of the fringing in a second. Check a close up of my altered photo now and you won't find any purple fringing.

It works well. Just do a quick google search and you'll find where you can purchase it.

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It's amazing how such a small change can make a HUGE difference in a shot. Thanks for the tip.

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