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Old Feb 27, 2008, 11:25 PM   #11
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I like the first one too, just need a bit of contrast in PS.

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Old Feb 28, 2008, 1:20 AM   #12
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Bigdawg you gotta be paying these birds to model for you. How do you get them to pose like that?.. :lol:

Really nice pics though.
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Old Feb 28, 2008, 2:57 PM   #13
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I like the line up in the first one. Makes a neat compostion. Number three has some really good color.



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Trying new processing work flow. I believe it will help revive some of mine taken by a poorly trained photog!

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Old Feb 28, 2008, 2:58 PM   #14
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I like the first one too, just need a bit of contrast in PS.

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Tom...One of these days I hope to get a new monitor...Lordy it is hard to judge good contrast and color for web display!

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Old Feb 28, 2008, 3:02 PM   #15
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Bigdawg you gotta be paying these birds to model for you. How do you get them to pose like that?.. :lol:

Really nice pics though.
Graham I have 2 feeders below these branches and only enough room at each for 2 or 3 birds. At any given time there may be 60 birds wanting their turn at the feeder. They have to perch and wait to get their turn...Makes for some interesting shots...Now if I can start shooting at a higher aperture I may get them all in focus! LOL

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Old Feb 28, 2008, 8:20 PM   #16
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It's amazing how much you've improved with this lens since you first got it.

Nice shots, Ed!

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Old Feb 28, 2008, 10:54 PM   #17
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It's amazing how much you've improved with this lens since you first got it.

Nice shots, Ed!

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Wouldn't want some one to get the wrong idea here...These are with a Vivitar 300mm f/5.6 prime lens and the Sigma APO DG 1.4 TC! Just shooting with a different lens for a change...The difference you see is a total re-thinking and change of my Photoshop process. I tend to do things the Dawg way till I run into a wall hard enough to penetrate my thick skull and get an idea across. So I got out Scott Kelby's book.."The Photoshop Channels Book"...And started reading and re-doing my work flow process. Plus learning to use Channels, Layers and Masks. I've for the last year used theLAB Color..Lightness - two pass sharpening technique.. but I find it leaves too much of a halo so I now do it differently. I also do my noise reduction first and use some different ways to use Curves for color boost. These are just experiments to see if that process is working. I know the Bigma is capable of better photos than I've been getting with it but I need more light to progress. Till the spring and summer bring that light I thought it prudent to learn more of Post Processing so I can do justice to those soon to come... better exposed and better focused photos. So in the mean time I experiment and learn and post them here for your critique...And please feel free to do that.



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Wonderful , Wonderful !
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I love #2 and #3. #2 is a bit funny. #3 you got the focus spot-on!

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Wonderful , Wonderful !
Thank you Rodney!

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