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Old Apr 23, 2006, 6:46 PM   #11
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Interesting and logical suggestion. I will try that. Mostly I think I just need to figure out what I am doing. I had a rather rare bird in my yard today and the photos that came out the best were all set on manual. Here is a photo of a yellow-billed cuckoo. Has not been sharpened at all. Check out the cool tail.


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Old Apr 23, 2006, 7:18 PM   #12
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Thats not a bad shot at all...some photoshop might bring out more...a bit of unmask sharp, and just a touch of contrast...If you didnt know, always use "unmask" sharp ....
adjust the sliders to your preferences... I use 200, 1.1, and 2 for my settings...
I really like the tail on that guy....who would have thought black and white circles...
cool beans.....:cart:
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 8:29 PM   #13
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I really need to learn photoshop. I tried to darken the white background in it and had no luck. I'll learn.
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 8:46 PM   #14
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I really need to learn photoshop. I tried to darken the white background in it and had no luck. I'll learn.
When you're pointing up against a bright sky like that try to use flash (i.e. no Photoshop required)!
It will bring in the details on the bird while canceling out the strong backlit...


-> For example 1/200s f/8.0 at 400.0mm with flash:
Also you don't need IS with flash and you don't have to worry about the slower shutter speeds either (since the flash will freeze the movements for you) :idea:



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Old Apr 23, 2006, 9:16 PM   #15
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Thanks. I just ordered a flash a few hours ago.

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You are welcome

Plus with flash you can set the camera on manual as you please with the shutter/aperture -> The flash will then automatically expose correctly for you in E-TTL2 for the fill! :idea:
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