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Old Dec 22, 2004, 8:54 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I am a new member to Steve's Digicams, and would like to post some photos
of Eastern Bluebirds which I had taken last week. These guys were eating
berries off of this bush which was near the shore of a frozen lake. The
lake gave a nice backdrop to set of the birds I think. See what you think.
Here's the pics:


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Old Dec 22, 2004, 9:24 AM   #2
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Hi woodmeister! I think you captured some really nice images of eastern bluebirds here. Oh, and welcome to Steve's Forums!

It would also be helpful if you included information about the equipment and technique you used to get the photos. That way, others looking in might be able to learn something from your success (or failure).

For example, in this instance, did you use fill flash? It looks like I can see the glint of a flash in the birds' eyes. Another thing is that it also appears like you applied too much sharpening (USM?) when post-processing these images. You can tell that is the case by the light halo outlining the birds' bodies. That's a small nit. Overall, these are very nice pictures.
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 9:53 AM   #3
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thanks geoffs. I wasn't thinking when I posted. Well here is the info:
Camera: Digital Rebel
Lens: EF 100-400L
Shot Settings: ISO 400, 1/320, f/6.3, RAW file
Capture: ACR
post processing: Since these guys were somewhat in the shadows, had to brighten the image somewhat, used Neat Image for some noise reduction,
and did add some additional sharpenning.

As for the glint in the eyes, there was wide open bright sky to my back,
which is probably where it came from.

On the original TIFF's, The haloing wasn't apparent until you somed in like
200/400%. I guess the shrinking and jpegging kind of enhanced it. Also,
I'm also due for an eye check-up, which is probably contributing.
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 10:01 AM   #4
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Forgot to mention, used jpeg level 60 in Image Ready.
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 10:08 AM   #5
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hey woodmeister!

welcome to steves!

great first post

to add to what geoff said, sharpening is usually best applied at the very end of your workflow (if you're saving for web, just before you save)

that way you don't get any unwanted artifacts

also, i've found the "Save For Web" feature in Photoshop works very well

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woodmeister, welcome to the forum. Nice shots. I got the same lens. Lately it has been bugging with aperture 00 errors when using IS.
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Old Dec 23, 2004, 8:30 AM   #7
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wow, very nice shots. I wish I had that lens for my Drebel. Ive only got the cheap 90-300 non usm version.
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Old Dec 23, 2004, 10:13 AM   #8
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I love this bird and those red berries add a nice touch to an already fine composition. The USM on these is ever so slightly too much, but not by alot from what I can see. And it's easier to blur a bit than USM more so you're sitting pretty.
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