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Old Jan 23, 2007, 2:48 PM   #11
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Nice shots... too bad there's not much flying aroundin the air around here right now.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 3:57 PM   #12
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Thanks inneyeseakay.

Hope your weather improves soon.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 4:45 PM   #13
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Took the lazy option today and shot in JPEG.
That's why I always shoot RAW. If I ever manage to shoot a picture like your kingfisher, I want to be able to make the most of it in PP. I don't think it's possible to make a plan beforehead: "today I'm going to shoot that dream picture, so I better use RAW":-)

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Old Jan 23, 2007, 5:05 PM   #14
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Nice shots, but the contrast and saturation is way over the top. Process the files again and leave the contrast alone and just use levels.

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Old Jan 23, 2007, 11:02 PM   #15
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Thanks Kjell and Tom.

Your good advice appreciated.

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Old Jan 24, 2007, 8:32 AM   #16
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Good shooting Ian. That first looks like to me that it could be a kingfisher. Elusive birds they are, at least around here. Don't like anyone getting close to them.....Don
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 7:39 PM   #17
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Thanks Don.

Yiu are correct:Sacred Kingfisher : Halcyon Sancta of Australia,NZ and SW Pacific.

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Old Jan 25, 2007, 8:19 PM   #18
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to me the easiest way to screw up in PP is oversharpening and too much sat.
i like a lot of saturation(just me) and i really have to watch it carefully. over sharpening is as plain as the nose on your face..

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Old Jan 25, 2007, 10:49 PM   #19
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I don't have PP but do most of my editing with Picasa2.

Here is the shot lightened a bit.

Maybe I should do this first for shots against the light.

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Old Jan 25, 2007, 11:06 PM   #20
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Interesting comments. On my laptop the kingfisher looks really nice. The flock is a bit harsh, but it is still a good picture! Back in the old days with film and the local drug store we would have been elated withpictures like these.

Picasa can't do a lot, but it is very good at what it does. I use it all the time for lighting. I also use an old version of MGI Photo Suite for some things, but it can't touch some of the newer programs that are on the market.

These cameras and all this computer PP are great!They really add to the whole experience and give us so much control over the finished product.

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