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Old Apr 13, 2006, 3:15 PM   #1
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Sorry to bore you with these litle critters but, I really enjoy watchung and listening to them. No flights in this series. all with 20D and naked 500mm. I think @ f/5.6 and iso 400.

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1. Not great but shows the back pretty well


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 3:16 PM   #2
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2. Fluffed by the wind


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 3:18 PM   #3
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3. This little guy was watching his buddies fly by.


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 3:19 PM   #4
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4. This my favorite. He was really hanging on in the wind while keeping tabs on his territory.


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 4:10 PM   #5
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These are some great shots, nice colors and fine detail.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 4:33 PM   #6
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Awesome shots, Dennis!
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I love what you've been able to capture here, Dennis. Wonderful shots in difficult and harsh light that produced a few hotspots. Did you shoot these in RAW mode? If so, you could probably do a little bit in the RAW development to reduce the hotspots a bit.
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thanx guys!! Geoff, I don't shoot in raw mode yet. I did use the shaddow/highlight tool in PS. Some times I use the exposure tool. My problem is that when I shoot for the whites/highlights I can never get the face/eyes to show anything but black. So I try for a compromise and use the tools mentioned.

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Hi Dennis - I really recommend you begin to start shooting in raw, if for no other reason than to try it out and see if your workflow with it is an improvement and yields better results.

I find that if I expose for the whites that most of the time there will still be shadow detail that is recoverable through a number of methods. It's tough to recover detail in the highlights if the histogram is clipped on the right. For that matter, it's tough to recover detail in the shadows if the histogram is clipped on the left... But, I find with raw that I have the best chance to get a balanced image at the end of the day.
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nice shots indeed! love the first one. we haven't had enough bright sunny days here yet for me to get shots like that, and in any case, getting close enough is tough. i don't have a TC for my Sigma, so if i can't reach it with 400mm, i'm outta luck... maybe a 1.4x TC will be on my Christmas list this year! :lol:
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