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Old Dec 20, 2005, 7:00 PM   #1
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Took these in late day sun filtering through the trees. I can't seem to get some ofthese shots with detail in the shadows without highlights blown on the other side. Any help please?















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Old Dec 21, 2005, 3:14 PM   #2
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Great shots, It looks as if the last one is taking "aim" to shoot back:G

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Old Dec 21, 2005, 6:48 PM   #3
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Took these in late day sun filtering through the trees. I can't seem to get some of these shots with detail in the shadows without highlights blown on the other side. Any help please?
Great shots! Where are the blown highlights? :lol:

Shooting in RAW, I lower the exposure, decrease the contrast, raise the shadows and the load into PS for further editing.

Of course this doesn't always work...:shock:

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Old Dec 21, 2005, 7:26 PM   #4
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Great pics.........I am new to this forum. Please tell me what camera/lens you used to get these great bird photos.
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Old Dec 21, 2005, 10:09 PM   #5
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I have the same problemwith the blown highlights sometimes. I was just practicing some prevention methods today and yesterday. I've been underexposing my pics by 1/3 stop to prevent the blown areas, then I boost the rest of the pic in PS using a combination of Shadows/Highlights, Levels, and Curves. It worked well on the Mockingbird pics I posted today... not sure I can do as well tomorrow though.:roll:
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Old Dec 22, 2005, 7:58 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies Folks. I've just started to process raw images and have another learning curve to go through. Some folks on another forum told me the highlights were blown on the left side of the chipping sparrow and the left leg of the field sparrow, but in this light they basically look like this to my eye.



Dave and Gracie, thanks for the suggestions.


eli4bill…I use a Nikon D-70s with a Nikon 300mm f4 lens and a 1.4x converter.
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Old Dec 22, 2005, 8:13 AM   #7
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Hi RDV, the hightlights are blown out in those places mentioned, but in some lighting situations it's really hard to avoid, and also, in some pics, like these you've posted, if it is only a small area, I don't think it ruins the pick. When this happens, there is always a "give and take" some where in the post processing. THis is why certain times of day can be much more conducive to getting good shots than others in any particular spot. Lighting is so crucialto photographic results.
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