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Old Apr 6, 2005, 1:03 PM   #1
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Not the greatest pictures in the world, but I thought you guys might like to see these truly stunning birds.

I took these at the Umhlanga Bird Park last November. Heron-sized approximately - they stand maybe 75cm tall.

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Old Apr 6, 2005, 1:05 PM   #3
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Nice shots peripatetic. I like the last one best.Beautiful looking bird. Good shooting. Cheers.....thekman
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Old Apr 7, 2005, 10:40 AM   #5
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they are stunning, they almost look unreal:-)
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Old Apr 7, 2005, 10:40 AM   #6
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Hey Peri,

Fantastic looking bird. I don't think I have ever saw one of those before. Personally I like your second shot. Quite amusing the way they are all perched there like pieces of fruit. I wonder what they taste like........:idea:........ :lol:

Nice one.

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Old Apr 7, 2005, 2:31 PM   #7
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Beautiful bird, and great shooting. I think that I would have tried cloning out some of the wires, though, especially in the top one. Everything else is so special that I think it would be worth the effort.
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Hmm funny you should mention that.

I did have a go, but was never really happy with the result. I took some sky from another shot and put it in as a background, but I should have chosen one with clouds. Sometimes African skys are just too blue.
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Old Apr 7, 2005, 4:41 PM   #9
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Beautiful Pictures!

Just a thought however, birds this bright tedn to blow out the sensors. With this intense color, detail is lost.

I lowered the color saturation, and then sharpened it a hair. Perhaps I lowered the saturation too much?

But I hope this illustrates my point.

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Old Apr 7, 2005, 6:01 PM   #10
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Hmm funny you should mention that.

I did have a go, but was never really happy with the result. I took some sky from another shot and put it in as a background, but I should have chosen one with clouds. Sometimes African skys are just too blue.
I like the sky in the original and would personally only clone out the wires with a simple clone, leaving the sky as is. I like the clouds and tone of blue. Nice job on the sky exchange but I agree with you on the intensity of the blue, slightly too much.
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