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Old Dec 7, 2006, 2:08 AM   #1
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Hello,

This bird woke me at 3am with it's hi-pitched wailing calls.
This is the best? photo I could get.
Are there any Photoshop Gurus who could perform their magic on this to make it viewable ?
I tried in PS3 Elements with no satisfactory results.

Any Help would be Appreciated.
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Old Dec 7, 2006, 3:10 AM   #2
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Looks like a blackbird to me.
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Old Dec 7, 2006, 3:16 AM   #3
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There's no such thing as magic...PS can make good photos better, it can't make a bad photo good.

There's hardly any info in that image, I shifted the levels a little so you can at least see the bird, but it's still not a decent image.

Next time try using the flash or another lightsource.


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Old Dec 7, 2006, 3:37 AM   #4
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That was with the flash.
It is very hard to focus in the dark at 3am, as well as getting close enough for the flash to work, I tried, I took 18 shots.

Any tips for taking photos of birds in the dark ?

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Catbells wrote:
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Looks like a blackbird to me.
ROFLMAO!!!!! :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
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Old Dec 7, 2006, 5:56 AM   #6
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I would skip the flash - your distance was probably well beyond flash range. Try guessing at the distance and setting that on the lens manually. Then choose a fairly big aperture, mount the camera on a tripod and use a slow shutter speed. Hopefully the bird will hold still long enough to get an idea where your focus is compared to your subject, and then start changing your aperture to get a faster shutter speed (keep an eye on your focus because as you open the lens up, your depth of field will shorten, and being bang on with the focus will be more important). If you are close enough, use a wider angle lens as they have deeper DOF at larger aperture (smalleraperture numbers). I've never tried this technique with something moving, but it worked for some outdoor night shots I took once.
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You have a problem that can not be solved, since more DOF will give you very slow shutter speeds, so you can get a out of focus moving object, or a blurred moving object due to too slow a shutter speed even though it is in focus.

Either way, you will get the same result.

A photo like this can not be fixed in real life, even though they do it all the time in the movies.

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Old Dec 7, 2006, 12:25 PM   #9
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Have you tried it with a torch or spotlight?
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Old Dec 7, 2006, 5:47 PM   #10
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Could it be a Beach Stone-Curlew or a Bush Stone-Curlew?

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