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Old Jun 26, 2002, 8:22 PM   #1
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Default Female RWBB with Prey

Hey folks, long time no see, lotta changes around here.
How is everybody?

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Old Jun 26, 2002, 10:59 PM   #2
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Default Hiya Sue...

Nice comp, (I don't even mind the leaf between the legs). I think a bit of fill flash might have helped though...failing that, since the background is fairly uniform, try blowing it out with levels and see if you can brighten up the bird.

Just my 2cents.

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Old Jun 26, 2002, 11:27 PM   #3
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Hey, Sue, glad you're back. Nice photo!
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Old Jun 27, 2002, 9:15 AM   #4
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Default Hiya, Sue!!!

Dark birds against a bright sky are tough. It does look as if you pushed the acquisition (or it wouldn't look as good as it does). I agree that fill flash would have helped a bit in this situation, but I also try to avoid using it with nature shots for the most part to preserve the natural lighting. Pushing about another 1/2 stop or so would have made this perfect.

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Old Jun 27, 2002, 12:57 PM   #5
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Default Thanks for the welcome.

I'm well, and happy to be back here. Taking up bird photography now, as I've had a lot of time on my hands, and this is difficult enough to keep me out of trouble. As we have often said, TGID (thank god it's digital).

Robert, yeah, I gotta remember to put the flash and better beamer on. I just don't think of it. Also, this is a big rig (300 plus stacked converters) on a monopod. I can steady things enough down to 1/45 sec but not consistently. My ballhead is woefully insufficient, and I can't afford a new one right now.
The other thing is: this looked great on my monitor in photoshoop. Someone recently told me that when you run gamma in photoshop, that ONLY fixes the gamut in photoshop--the rest of your system can be wildly out of whack. If this is true, what do you do about it? I've taken to just lightening things AFTER optimization when saving for the web, but that is hit or miss and if this looks dark to you, then I certainly missed.

Ron, well the histogram on the RAW looked good; nothing burned and nothing blown, but the bird was very dark, if that's what you mean by pushed, so I made up the dif with curves and levels. That's why flash would have been a good thing, although she was a long way away (this is maybe 60% of the frame) and I don't have enough experience to know if the flash would get to her even with the better beamer.

Thanks again guys, I felt a little shy about coming back (but then again I felt a little shy the first time I ever posted).
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Old Jun 27, 2002, 4:51 PM   #6
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By pushing the exposure, I meant using EV compensation to bring the shadows up at the expense of blowing the sky. Another option is to dodge in Photoshop, or to use the History Brush set to Screen or Exclusion and keep the opacity somewhat low so you can sneak up on the right exposure. The noise will be higher when correcting in Photoshop though.
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Old Jun 27, 2002, 5:09 PM   #7
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Nice "catch", Sue.
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Old Jul 3, 2002, 12:22 PM   #8
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Nice picture. Have I seen it elsewhere ? Great to see you back in action, Sue! Wondered where you were...
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