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Old Dec 1, 2005, 2:53 AM   #1
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Went to a local pond before work and there were only mallards around. Only took a few shots. all were with 20D 100-400mm @400mm f/8

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1. Mommy Mallard posing. iso 400 1/400 EC + 1/3


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2. Daddy Mallard posing. iso 200 1/125 EC + 1/3


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Old Dec 1, 2005, 2:57 AM   #3
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3. Female Mallard coming in for a landing. Unfortunately it's a bit blurred and I missed her skidding on the water. iso 200 1/160 EC + 2/3


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The clarity and detail in the first two are awesome, Dennis.
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Old Dec 2, 2005, 2:59 PM   #5
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Hi Dennis.

I agree about the first two shots. The first especially cannot be beaten - A wonderful head shot of Mommy Mallard!

May I suggest for birds like Poppa Mallard, you play around a bit with desaturating the color? These flourescent colors blow the sensor, much as shooting a white bird blows the sensor.

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Old Dec 2, 2005, 10:52 PM   #6
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bmullen, thanx!!

Dave, also thanx!!! As for desaturating, I think I did desaturate a little. I have just started fiddling with that and am not really good at it. It seems that when I increase/decrease saturation, the colors change and are not true to what they should be. So, for now, I just fiddle with it. It sometimes takes me a bit of time to learn some things. Hey, I be ooollllddddd!!!!:G

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bmullen, thanx!!

Dave, also thanx!!! As for desaturating, I think I did desaturate a little. I have just started fiddling with that and am not really good at it. It seems that when I increase/decrease saturation, the colors change and are not true to what they should be. So, for now, I just fiddle with it. It sometimes takes me a bit of time to learn some things. Hey, I be ooollllddddd!!!!:G

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Well the colors shouldn't change - so something is wrong there...:lol: As an image is desaturated it should go to black and white - Allah spare us from THAT fate.



What program do you use?

Have you tried masking off JUST the head?

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Dave, I use photoshop CS2. What I meant by colors changing is exactly what you stated. They go on one side to black and white to super saturated on the other side. As for masking off just the head, no i haven't. I've played around with selective masking on other pictures and tried sharpening and other stuff on the selection but the final effort always seems not to blend in with the rest of the shot. Right now I just do the bare bones basics and every now and then will branch out and learn something new and hopefully will remember what I learned.

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Great detail on the first two closups, dennis.
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Norm, thanx!!! Hey, you haven't been posting much lately. Everything okay with ya?

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