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Old Jan 16, 2007, 10:28 PM   #11
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Some Eagles Indeed, Majestic Eagles caught on camera perfectly.
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Old Jan 16, 2007, 10:46 PM   #12
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Incredible - to have so much detail in the dark parts without blowing out the white - priceless!
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Old Jan 16, 2007, 11:08 PM   #13
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Hats off!

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Old Jan 16, 2007, 11:33 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone. You guys are too nice!

I hope I've learned a bit about shooting birds in bad light or high contrast subjects. I know this might sound silly, but I try reduce the contrast by quite a bit on the RAW conversion, or if shot in jpg, set it lower in camera, and then reduce even more if needed in pp'ing. This will lessen the blown highlights, and also maintain the detail on the dark end of things. Then you can pp to your liking using levels. I find if I have too much contrast in camera, I end up with either blown whites on the light colours, or too dark in the dark areas. In other words, a flat image is much easier to process than one that has too much contrast. It's taken me a long time to realize this, at least for the type of shooting I do, but it seems to work. Maybe the pros will tell me I'm out to lunch. I really don't know. But it works for me. Hope that helps a little if anyone is having trouble with the DR and saving details on 2 such contrasting colours. Just reduce your contrast, and then pp as much back in as you can without blowing out either end of the detail. The end photo might be a little less punchy, but you'll have preserved the detail....cheers...........Don.
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Old Jan 17, 2007, 12:31 PM   #15
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Great photos esp the 1st one.


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Old Jan 20, 2007, 9:27 AM   #16
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Incredibly awesome shots. The detail is so vivid and sharp.

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Old Jan 20, 2007, 9:36 PM   #17
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These shots are perfect! Hope they're going to be on your walls soon!

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Old Jan 20, 2007, 9:59 PM   #18
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When I meter a bird with lots of white on it, I spot meter the white to get the detail, especially with the K10D and then pull the detail out of the shadows later.

FWIW, my DS was not as sensative to this as the K10D is and I did not have to spot meter the white to get detail. With my DS I almost exclusively used center weighted metering and rarely had blown highlights.

Again, nice shots!

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Got to agree with everybody else. You and Roger certainly know how to get some great nature shots. Its nice to have good equipment, but its not the equipment that takes the pictures!

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Old Jan 21, 2007, 9:21 PM   #20
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How long was that lens (if you don't mind)?

Those were some awesome shots!
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