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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:02 am 
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Thanks for the info, I really like the details on this one.


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An average pic at best but it's the first Waxwing of the year for me. Kinda early as they usually don't arive up here til mid January.

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We talk a lot about photo editing or manipulation in wildlife photography. Personally I try to do as little as possible but once in a while I find that I have an image I really like with maybe one major flaw in it in my opinion. The following is an example of this and is about the limit to how far I will go in photo-editing.

The first shot shows the bird with a severe shadow across its face. I took this series and realised right away I did not like it so tried to move around for a better angle to eliminate it. Although the bird cooperated the shadow did not so I was stuck with it. The best I could do was to get it to cast just behind the eye instead of in front of it and on the beak.

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The second and third shot show what a little editing can do. For this I used only Lightroom and its spot removal, heal/clone brush. It only took a minute or so and although Photoshop would have made a quicker job of it I wanted to show Lightroom is fully capable of making these minor edits with little effort.

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As mentioned above, I try to keep this type of editing to a minimum but every so often it is unavoidable.

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Nice waxwing Wolf - I always love images of those - would like to see one in person someday. I agree on your editing methods - I don't like to mess with photos at all, but something like this I can see as justified, as long as it is for personal pleasure and display or disclosed and not trying to mislead. I have occasionally cloned out a small imperfection such as this - a branch that just got in front of some of the body, a small bug that got into the shot in the background, the occasional sensor dust spot, etc. As long as you're not changing the capture or the essential content of the shot, I can't see anything wrong with it.

A few more from my sunny spot in Florida...

Another belted kingfisher caught in flight as he whipped around looking for fish:
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Osprey directly overhead and backlit:
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Great blue heron in flight:
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Snowy egret:
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Tricolor heron:
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Osprey battle:
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Ibis landing in strong backlight:
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Zack, Guess you used the 200-500 hand held, I had a look at the lens specs and no image stabilisation on the tamron, you did a good job on this set. 8)


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Thanks 4x - actually, these were with the Minolta 300mm F4 APO with matching 1.4x teleconverter. My camera body is stabilized (Sony A580) so I don't need it in the lens in this case.

Appreciate the comments.

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Ever since I moved into the country a month ago the tree outside my diningroom window has beed visited by 4 to 6 grouse almost on a nightly basis. Unfortunately they come to roost for the night so by the time they arrive, shortly before 5pm, its already getting dark. I've been waiting to see if I could catch them while the sun was still up but with no luck so last week I went out to see what I could do with what little light I had. Getting faily close I raised my camera and found out the best I could achieve was a shutter speed of 6 so that was obviously out of the question.

The following were all taken using just the pop-up flash and I must say I'm very happy with the results. I shot these in AP mode seeing the grouse were sitting very still and it was a really calm night so 1/60 shutter speed worked well enough. If however the conditions would have been such that I needed a faster shutter speed I would have switched to shutter priority to achieve a speed of 250.

Lesson learned... don't be afraid to use your flash for wildlife photography if lighting is not ideal and you need some fill light.

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cool, they turned out nice.

Just on fill flash, found that the 1/60 shutterspeed when in av mode is a bit annoying, got too many motion blurred shots.
There is a setting in the custom menu under Exposure I think, ( I am at work at the moment) , where you can set it to be at 1/250 instead of 1/60-1/250.

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Found this little guy while on a tour of Cyprus December 2011.
I'm not 100% sure what it is but looks like a Sparrowhawk or Falcon.
In these two shots it was about 15 feet away from me and gave me very curious looks as my shutter clicked away. He/She was seen on several occasions at the same tree on the lookout for a Cypriot delicacy of Lizard.

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Starling perched on tv aerial.

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A pair of tits (long-tailed :wink: )

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Cattle egret close flyby:
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Anhinga tossing a fish dinner:
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Black and white warbler giving me the eye:
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Northern harrier in flight:
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Palm warbler:
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Great egret flight:
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Blue headed vireo:
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Yellow rumped warbler:
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Sora rail:
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Purple gallinule:
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Looks like you guys haven't been seeing the feathered friends much lately! So I'll revive this thread with some more of my feathered friends down here in Florida...

More kingfisher sightings - I've been having strangely good luck catching them in flight lately:

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Little blue heron:
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Palm warbler on a reed:
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Yellow-rumped warbler:
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Pine warbler:
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American bittern, closeup:
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Cormorant swimming:
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Green heron:
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Great egret:
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Purple gallinule:
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Awesome kingfishers in flight. Love the light, colour & detail in the green heron.

Blue tit, looking bemused at the frozen water. :lol:

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