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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:15 PM

We had some relief from the smog, and this is not too milky.  Shot at about 3:30 in the afternoon, so the light is a bit harsh.  Any CC will be appreciated!

 

300mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO 200

 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:58 PM

Very nice! Sharp!  Maybe a bit tighter crop, bring down the highlight and give it a touch of the dehaze tool in PS/LR.


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 11:39 PM

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:17 AM

I gave another try with a tighter crop.  Corel was messing with the colors, and this is just a tighter crop.  Sorry for the bad editing.....I have to get that sorted out.

 

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:44 AM

The tighter crop looks much better, detail looks good too as well. That's a really good shot


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:56 AM

Thanks Edward!


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:02 AM

Jeez, you are getting really good at this Jonny, cracking image, for me it has everything it needs.... NOT being very conversant with PP it is close to impossible for me to CC anything accurately...

 

Regardless of how much PP you applied you must have selected something close to perfect in your camera settings for  focus is great as is exposure, for with the latter if you had blown out the whites no way to recover them in post (?)  and you have captured really good detail in the shadows, what more is there to want...(-: 



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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:16 AM

Here's a bit lighter version....I can't de-haze.

 

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:42 AM

The latest crop version is gorgeous, Jonny.

You brought out the detail on the bird's chest.

I think the underwing detail in the original photo was slightly better, but its very close.

Very very nice !


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 03:27 AM

Thanks Rod and Gedee.  I have been working on exposure; I didn't blow the whites, and I have good under-wing detail.  It's there, I just have to learn to piece it all together with a deeper-toned background.  I'll get there.  Thanks again :) !


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:58 AM

The last crop looks much better.  Invest in PS and LR for $10/month.  Corel is ok but adobe is the gold standard.  You should put every bit as much time in developing your post skills as shooting.  Its THAT IMPORTANT.  Again, very nice job on the heron.  They are not easy birds to catch in flight....least not for me.  


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 05:36 AM

I might have the bite the bullet on that one Kris.  I decided to get a Wacom tablet, that I don't use, for the free software.  I learned masking layers, and Corel has decent noise reduction.  What I've been doing is using Rawtherapee for getting the photo close, creating a Tiff file, bringing it into Colrel, using masking layers to denoise the background while keeping the subject intact and merging the layers.  If I use any corrections in Corel, the color gets wacky.   What is on my mind is whether dehazing is possible.  People regularly wear masks here to protect their lungs; I don't know if software is designed to handle that.  The students get all excited when they can see blue sky; it's sad.  It would only be $10 for a month, and I could change at any time.  I have a few more tricks up my sleeve, and I will have at it.  I sincerely appreciate your guidance. 

 

As far as the birds go; the park I go to is loaded with them.  I have been working on capturing them and dealing with changing exposures during their flight.  The video John posted is informative, and I might go to manual mode.  I think I exposed this one to a degree that it's workable.  They come in in groups and cruise for food.  This location had a peninsula with a nice pond to the east which makes it good for the evening.  But with about 23,000,000 folks in the city and about 34,700,000 if you include the suburbs, there's little privacy (and a lot of pollution). 


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 08:02 AM

It is a great shot Jonny. Sharp focus, good feather detail, a bright clear eye, good exposure and composition. The out of focus background is pleasing as well. Well done. I prefer the exposure in the first post. There is more detail in the shadows. If you were using Lightroom I would have suggested painting the areas of the bird that are in shadow and then raising the exposure and shadows slightly.
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:41 PM

Jonny, I have decided that there is no way I can hold back any longer from getting a little further into PP as I am getting to the stage where frustration is almost getting the better of me in relation to the "quality" of my pics... I had ever thought it best to concentrate on getting the pic in-camera as best I could FIRST, though it seems to be coming ever more obvious that one has to combine camera skills with PP skills as one advances... Seems you are well into the PP processes.... I do not like the idea of a "debt" even one as little as a few ying yangs (Rodism ?) a month I would rather purchase outright... I`m just old school (-:

 

Pollution. .hmm  I have heard stories of a salmon being seen in my city`s centre.... Though that could never have happened when I was young as the river ran many different colours, we had coal mining, huge steel plants and shipyards shoulder to shoulder along both banks of the river, even the lesser tributaries had small shipyards and engineering was EVERYWHERE....  Today, we can do you a reasonable hamburger,  then of course there are politicians of many colours saying vote for me to make (substitute your country of choice) great again.... Yeah, right, whatever. 

 

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:29 PM

Well Gedee, if you don't "rent" the PP software, you'll have to buy a new version to keep "up-to-date".  They've got you coming and going.  As far as pollution goes, the amount of people here is kind of unfathomable unless you actually experience it.  Having to wear a mask and not being able to see blue in the sky on a clear day are not that uncommon.   As far as politicians go; I'll leave it at that.

 

John - I didn't mind the first version either, but Kris had some good suggestions. Many thanks for the exposure video - I got it right on this one. 


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:01 AM

Geedee, an alternative might be Adobe Elements 15.

There's an reduced price for people upgrading from an earlier version.  Still not cheap but it is a one-off purchase.

On the bottom of the page there's a link to download a free trial.


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 06:46 PM

Great shot Jonny, amazing !



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:01 PM

nice shot






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