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Old May 5, 2012, 2:20 PM   #1
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Well, was out with the motorhome last weekend, went up to a place called Fårö (sheep island might be a nice translation ) I live on an island, and we went to and island outside the big island so to speak...

very well, had a great time and got some practice in taking photos of birds in flight as well as taking pictures against the sky.
well, sharing some of the pictures I took, the flying swan just showed up, and I just happened to have the camera *almost* ready, took as many shoots as I could since I was suprised, never been so close to flying swan before...it was right above my (and my childrens) head.
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Old May 5, 2012, 4:53 PM   #2
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Good capture of the swan. I still have a lot of trouble with birds in flight so am always impressed when others managed to not only take photos, but get them on focus!!!

BTW do I detect dust?
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Looks like you need to clean your sensor--there are several dust spots.
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Oh...didn't see that. Guess my screen is dirty on the computer ...now I see them on my iPad so yeah, I really need to clean the sensor

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Get a sensor cleaning kit. It might be more then dust. A bit of grim might of build. A good cleaning will help.
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Great shots, and great focus for these rather fast moving flying giants. Only shame for the dust.

Just a sidenote (something I just learned a few weeks back) if you really want to see how much dust is in a shot, use any program that can do adjustments with curves and make an M curve. I never knew it was this easy to find them, and you can use it to find the spots you have to clear/clone much faster.

I've added an example, hope you don't mind just say and I'll remove it. (sorry for the dutch photoshop version)

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Nice capture of the swan. You got the exposure right on

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Just a sidenote (something I just learned a few weeks back) if you really want to see how much dust is in a shot, use any program that can do adjustments with curves and make an M curve. I never knew it was this easy to find them, and you can use it to find the spots you have to clear/clone much faster.


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My workflow for dust: In Photoshop Elements (8) I create a duplicate layer and apply the "Equalize" filter which instantly brings out any dust spots. I then select the base layer of the image by clicking on it and use the "Clone" tool over the dust spots which are visible through the Equalized layer. Then I delete the Equalized layer. I usually re-apply the Equalize filter to double check if the dust spots have been eliminated. If not, I repeat the process.

Major dust spots require a sensor cleaning.
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My workflow for dust: I... the Equalize filter ...

Thanks I didn't knew that, it works great. Only in lightroom it's easier to use the M curve, where you can clone away the spots and afterwards reset the curve to something more sensible.

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Great BIF photos - very nicely captured!

Also great advice for removing dust in PP. Thanks!
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