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Old Aug 9, 2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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Some more k20d shots with the 55-300.

Chickadee...



Northern Flicker lady....





I'm not sure if this is a young Sparrow, or one that's drying out from a recent bath...







last one....cheers....Don


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Old Aug 9, 2008, 2:48 PM   #2
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Very nice. Cute little sparrow.

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Old Aug 10, 2008, 12:35 AM   #3
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Terrific avian shots, the young bather is so good.
Helping me decide to upgrade my Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG APO,
would you mind telling me what focal length, any cropping and what distance away these shots were ?
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Terrific avian shots, the young bather is so good.
Helping me decide to upgrade my Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG APO,
would you mind telling me what focal length, any cropping and what distance away these shots were ?
Thanks Rodney. I wish the exif would come through with these. I really don't know if the Sigma is as good as the Pentax or visa versa. I do know I have to really add usm to these in pp'ing. But the detail is there - you just have to bring it out. I was pretty close to all of these birds - I'd say within 10 ft of the chickadee and sparrow, and about 20 ft to the flicker. Unusual to get this close to a flicker. Here's some exif for you:

chickadee
ExposureTime : 1/500Sec
ExposureProgram : Shutter Priority
ISOSpeedRatings : 800
ShutterSpeedValue : 1/500Sec
ApertureValue : F5.8
ExposureBiasValue : EV0.0
MeteringMode : Division
FocalLength : 300.00(mm)


the flicker:
ExposureTime : 1/640Sec
ExposureProgram : Shutter Priority
ISOSpeedRatings : 400
ApertureValue : F7.1
ExposureBiasValue : EV0.7
MeteringMode : Division
FocalLength : 260.00(mm)

the sparrow:
ExposureTime : 1/500Sec
ExposureProgram : Shutter Priority
ISOSpeedRatings : 400
ApertureValue : F10.0
ExposureBiasValue : EV0.0
MeteringMode : Division
FocalLength : 300.00(mm)

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Nice Don, I like the Flicker the best.

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These all look very sharp and detailed Don. I am curious about your USM technique, do you use multiple runs of USM at different settings or just one run through?

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Love your shots also. I've noticed that the K20 shots can look over-sharpened faster than the K10 shots, so I'd be interested in what you are using to get such great results, too.
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Love your shots also. I've noticed that the K20 shots can look over-sharpened faster than the K10 shots, so I'd be interested in what you are using to get such great results, too.
Thanks Harriet and Tim. Well if you want to see the usm I use, here it is. I always shoot RAW, and process in CS2. First I get the exposure and try to get the wb correct, and maybe increase saturation. For this example I set CS2's default sharpening down from 25 to 0. Here's the way it looked:


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Now that image is very soft. In photoshop, I have 3 actions I've setup for sharpening. The first I call 200% where I have the amount set to 200%, the radius at .3, and threshold 0. The other is 120% where the amount is 120%, radius at 1.0, and threshold 0. And the third is 30%, where the amount is 30% (duh!), radius at 1 and threshold 0. Now I usually start with 200% and then add 120%. If it's too much, I'll step backwards and use 30% and run it until it's not overdone. You can use any combo you want. Start with 120 or 30 or whatever. I just use my eyes to see what looks best. I also will run Noiseware Professional after doing all this to smooth it out a little if it appears too noisy as this one does. I've oversharpened this one to show what it can do, and also, these are very close to 100% crops. Gives you an idea though..Don

Oh, the amount sharpened was 200% and then ran the 30% twice (60% total at radius 1).This sample looks overdone to me......D.
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Here's a finished version with NR and resized. I know this isn't the greates shot, but it really shows how you can USM a photo. Quite stark really. But as I said this one is overdone. But even though it is overdone, there aren't a gross amount of halos or artifacts. If one spent a little more time on this, it could turn out better......D.
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