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Old Aug 14, 2005, 8:10 PM   #1
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Yesterday I headed out to a place I've seen some Herons and Egrets and when I got there they all retreated to the trees in the background. I tooka few shots to show just how many of them there were. In the first one here I've counted 7 ducks, 4 Little Blue Herons and 16 Egrets. There was also some Wood Storks but I don't see them in this first shot. Anyhow I just sit down in the grass and waited and surely enough they started returning.

1. A multitude of birds
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 8:12 PM   #2
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2. A Wood Stork returning from his hideaway in the Woods
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 8:13 PM   #3
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3. Almost down.
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 8:19 PM   #4
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4. He made it down and joined his buddies at the feeding hole.
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 8:27 PM   #5
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Wow, nice flight shots Houston. Ireally like #2 for the sharpnessbut that stop action on the landing is the winner.

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Old Aug 15, 2005, 11:17 AM   #6
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Thanks Kent, I really appreciate your looking in. I blew the whites somewhat but the blacks worked out OK I think.
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Old Aug 15, 2005, 11:21 AM   #7
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Sort of like looking at living snow...

We used to occasionally get Wood Storks up here. But in the good old days, naturalists liked to prove they had seen a bird, so the last visitors to Long Island, a flock of 24, were all "collected," as the author of a 1934 book that I have wrote. He went on, that none have been seen since.

I can only hope to get your opportunity - beautiful birdscapes indeed!

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Old Aug 15, 2005, 11:36 AM   #8
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Nice birds.
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Old Aug 15, 2005, 3:33 PM   #9
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Hey Houston, where have you been [to the woods, looks like!]

I see you're putting the 20D to good use, those flight shots arevery good, esp #2

A thought about the blown highlights - I remember a similar post of yours, also with a wood stork, which started that contrast masking thing.I normally shoot in Raw where contrast adjustmentsare more flexible, although then your burst mode is limited to about 6 sixshots. So I've been trying jpeg shooting to get the 23 or so shots, and I've found that by adjusting the contrast setting on the recording menu to quite low, the 20D/100-400 combo seems to handle the contrast range quite a bit better, especially in a situation that you've got here with dark greens and blacks, with white thrown in. Give it a bash ??!!
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Thanks Jake. I will surely try your suggestion. I didn't read it until tonight but I did go back and try again on those same birds this afternoon. I changed from -1.0 exp comp to -1.3 and that helped a whole lot but then I had to lighten the background up some. I recently got something from the Fred Miranda site called SR Pro. It does the contrast masking thing that you taught me how to do only this thing does all of that in less that 10 seconds. It's a plug-in to Photo Shop and only cost $19.95.

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