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Old Dec 1, 2004, 10:31 PM   #1
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I took this shot back in June against a flat, glaring white sky. Here it's rather clumsily combined with a more pleasing sky.

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Old Dec 1, 2004, 10:47 PM   #2
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hey tom...here you exhibited a very tough spot in photography...

how to light a strongly backlit object...or expose it without killing the sky...

i think the way to fix that problem is with a flash...(also helps freeze the movement )

but, you'll have to buy a pretty good one...and possibly even a 'better beamer' to extend it's reach...

lol, i wish i could help you with the exchanging skies....but, i haven't perfected that yet

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Old Dec 1, 2004, 10:48 PM   #3
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Nice photo Tom,
It sort of looks like a bird control tower.
"Purple Martin two niner niner you are cleared for takeoff at this time." :G
The sky looks pretty good to me. If you hadn't said anything I would have never known.

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Old Dec 1, 2004, 10:56 PM   #4
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Nice photo Tom,
It sort of looks like a bird control tower.
"Purple Martin two niner niner you are cleared for takeoff at this time." :G
The sky looks pretty good to me. If you hadn't said anything I would have never known.
To me it's most obvious in the backlighting and edges of the bird's wings. Also the whites of the foreground don't seem to match the whites in the clouds. Something for me to learn, I guess.

Considering I'd had my camera for less than two weeks at this point, I was very pleased with the shot.

Thanks for the comments.

Vito, there's a Metz 36 C-2 on my Christmas list, if you really wanted to help out.:-)

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Old Dec 2, 2004, 1:01 AM   #5
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Tom, give yourself more credit for doing a nice job of matching especially contrasts in these layers. I perceive a very slight problem area at the left side of the birdhouse where I believe I can see a touch of the original drab sky color. As well, a very tiny green blurb seems a bit out of place in the upper left sky portion, just above the tree. However, overall this is a superb composite.
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My father in law wants a purple martin house for christmas, now I know what he is talking about.
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My father in law wants a purple martin house for christmas, now I know what he is talking about.
Apparently these are very picky birds. Their little condos have to be very specific in size and height etc. or they just won't cooperate. (we had renters like that one year:roll:... Hmmm seems funny now - it didn't then.)

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Tom, I kind of like it digitally fixed, it seems to have much more depth to it than i would expect. Probably the sky is too in focus if you don't like that. Gives me kind of a weird feeling. But it does have sort of a magazine cover quality to it if that is your thing.
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I kind of think it's a matter of matching the light quality (temperature?) in the two exposures. It does look artificial. The sky is too vibrant. Maybe if I toned down the sky or increased the saturation of the birdhouse it would be better.

Thanks to all for their comments.

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