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Old Apr 24, 2011, 6:51 PM   #1
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Default Birds of Horicon NWR

A few in the following posts.
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 7:01 PM   #2
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I had good light, but I wasn't getting very close to the waterfowl.

Wood Duck Hen



A Shoveler



Blue Wing Teal



I got close. Too close for 600mm. Had to wait for him to get out of the way before I could drive on.

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Old Apr 24, 2011, 7:19 PM   #3
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Default Some non-waterfowl bird life.

I visited the main dike road. Its often closed to the public, but today was an exception. Its eastern entrance is bird heaven with a small stream running through brush, trees, and deadfalls before emptying into the marsh.

Hermit Thrush (I think)



A couple shots of the Flicker checking available housing.





Ruby Crowned Kinglet (Two pics)



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Hi Greg,

Another series of fine bird photographs.

My favorites are of the Ruby Crowned Kinglet. And, only because it's a bird I don't generally find in our area.

I'm curious about a couple of things. What's your workflow process that you use to photo edit images like these? Lightroom or CS5 w/Camera RAW, or some other Photo editing software.

The other question I have is: how much sharpening, if any, do you use.?

These are again, very sharp and detailed. I'm just curious as to how much
pp you did.

thanks in advance.

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Hi Greg,

Another series of fine bird photographs.

My favorites are of the Ruby Crowned Kinglet. And, only because it's a bird I don't generally find in our area.

I'm curious about a couple of things. What's your workflow process that you use to photo edit images like these? Lightroom or CS5 w/Camera RAW, or some other Photo editing software.

The other question I have is: how much sharpening, if any, do you use.?

These are again, very sharp and detailed. I'm just curious as to how much
pp you did.

thanks in advance.

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Hi Zig,

I use Lightroom. I have CS5, but it intimidates me. Somewhere along the way I'll get brave and start learning it.

There was an E-5 preset on the bookmark list from DPR's Oly DSLR main page and I saved that preset. The sharpening settingsI copied down wrong and have them set at Amount: 60, Radius: .7, Detail: 75 (rather than 20)

Anyway, the preset can be found at:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=37206043

Aside from that, I like my photos a bit on the warm side, so I tend to push that a bit too far as a general rule. I tweak from there.
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Hi Zig,

I use Lightroom. I have CS5, but it intimidates me. Somewhere along the way I'll get brave and start learning it.

There was an E-5 preset on the bookmark list from DPR's Oly DSLR main page and I saved that preset. The sharpening settingsI copied down wrong and have them set at Amount: 60, Radius: .7, Detail: 75 (rather than 20)

Anyway, the preset can be found at:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=37206043

Aside from that, I like my photos a bit on the warm side, so I tend to push that a bit too far as a general rule. I tweak from there.
Hi Greg and thanks for the return
Interesting how people view software, since I am intimidated by Lightroom but use CS5+ Adobe's Camera RAW almost exclusively these days to do any photo editing.


Thanks for the link, by the way, but since I'm still using the E-30, the presets probably wont apply. As for you preferences towards the warm side of color,
Don't do anything different than what you're currently doing, as it works quite well.

Your images are always, crisp, clear, well exposed. They're simply very professionally done.

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Hi Greg,
............except for the web footed ones I've never seen the other birds in real life. The Kinglet is quite a feisty looking little bird. Thanks for showing these, all are very well done & I like them.
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............except for the web footed ones I've never seen the other birds in real life. The Kinglet is quite a feisty looking little bird. Thanks for showing these, all are very well done & I like them.
Believe me, Horicon is like stepping into a different world for me. There are some large wooded areas, large areas of managed prairie, and tens of thousands of acres of cat tail marsh interspread with open water. I wouldn't doubt I saw a hundred species of birds today. Seeing and getting decent photos are a different matter.

I did see a Peregrine today, being chased by some red wing blackbirds that took exception to him being around. There have been recent visits by Whooping Cranes, but I saw nothing of them. There's only a few hundred left in existance.

I should go there more. I enjoy myself every time I make it over there.
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