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Old Oct 5, 2010, 7:29 PM   #11
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Hi Zig !

Those are looking good.! Did you do the sharpening in ACR or CS ?

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Hi Zig !

Those are looking good.! Did you do the sharpening in ACR or CS ?

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Hi Harj,

I'm actually doing most all the work in ACR 6.2 which would include the noise reduction and the sharpening. I prefer to use CS5 for cropping and as well as taking advantage of the filters.

FWIW I have set my ACR 6.2 to these default settings:
Sharpness: 15
radius: .05
Detail: 100

As for noise reduction, the settings are:

Luminance: 40
Luminance detail: 100
Luminance contrast: 0
Color: 4
Color detail: 100

I'll use the clarity slider to sharpen(bird feather detail) or to soften (female portraits) the image to suit the situation.

The above settings were provided by another forum member whose name escapes me and I apologize to him up front but they seem to work in a majority of my applications.


Lastly, I generally shoot in Large super fine Jpeg. I don't shoot in RAW.
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Hi Greg,

You're right as the vantage point makes it possible for me to get really close up shots that I ,otherwise, would not be able to make. It's funny, however, as I think, there is such a thing as being too close to the subject. The birds are generally 3ft from the lens creating a real depth of field issue for me.

The chickadees and Titmouse are some of the quickest birds with unbelievably
erratic moves. This makes them a challenge for me to photograph them.
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By the way, on another topic, but related have you upgraded the firmware in your 50-200mm SWD lens as yet? and if so, have you been able to compare the performance of that lens vs the older 50-200mm ED lens.

Reason for the question is that I have the 50-200mm ED version and would like to upgrade based on some of things I've read to this point relative to improved AF speed on the SWD.
You just have to find the right Chickadees. I'm fortunate to have a nature reserve nearby where the Chikadees are used to being hand fed by one of the regulars. I have had them land on my hand just to see if I have food. Makes what would otherwise be a tough bird to shoot rather easy

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You just have to find the right Chickadees. I'm fortunate to have a nature reserve nearby where the Chikadees are used to being hand fed by one of the regulars. I have had them land on my hand just to see if I have food. Makes what would otherwise be a tough bird to shoot rather easy

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Hi John,

I'm familiar with that kind of environment. We have a trout hatchery a few miles from the house. When I want to get photos of Osprey, Hawks, BGH, or Falcons I go there. The birds perch in the trees waiting for the mesh nets to be taken off a trout run so they can swoop down and snap up a nice healthy fat meal.

It's like their lined up waiting for the lunch bell to ring.

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