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Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:18 PM

A new fledgling, I don't think any more than a few days ago. This one was on the ground when I first saw it early this morning, it flew into a Pine Tree a short distance away, I got lucky in the sense it flew right back out and towards me, unlucky even though the sun had just risen it was still somewhat dark in this little valley, high iso, recovery is better than I expected.  Did basic Lightroom adjustments but spent more time than usual and then a light de-noise application in Topaz.

 

iso 18000, 410 mm, f 5.6, 1/2500  

 

Yea, I know hard for me to believe to ^_^

 

 

 

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 03:12 PM

Wow 18,000. What am I worrying about. Great shot with beautiful light. 



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 03:39 PM

Thanks John, I really think noise just does not seem nearly as evident depending on the background, it's there? but just well hidden, not really sure but that has been my observation.



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 03:57 PM

The pose of the bird is spectacular.  Those images where the bird is flying towards you are so dynamic.  You did one of a raven a while back which I still use as my desk top.  I think it would be worth the effort for this image to add a bit more blur to the background and slightly desaturate it as well so that the hawk stands out just a bit more.  Great capture.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 04:33 PM

Great job!  Makes me less fearful of the ISO too


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:45 PM

Real nice Doug!  The noise is evident a bit in the background, but I don't notice it in the subject.  They say "usable"; in this case, that's an understatement.  Really nice!


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:06 PM

The pose of the bird is spectacular.  Those images where the bird is flying towards you are so dynamic.  You did one of a raven a while back which I still use as my desk top.  I think it would be worth the effort for this image to add a bit more blur to the background and slightly desaturate it as well so that the hawk stands out just a bit more.  Great capture.

 

Thanks very much Kerry, I need to start getting my dollars worth out of Ps and actually do the best job I can ^_^


Great job!  Makes me less fearful of the ISO too

 

Thanks man, 20k is my iso limit in auto iso, I figure if I can't take the shot there is obviously no chance, once in a while you get lucky at high iso.  I usually have more time early in the day so I expect low light (at least for a while)...time for a me and camera trip! 


Real nice Doug!  The noise is evident a bit in the background, but I don't notice it in the subject.  They say "usable"; in this case, that's an understatement.  Really nice!

 

Thanks Jonny, like I said...once in a while you get lucky... Ps work needed, I just hate doing it (for some reason :huh:)


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 01:29 AM

MAN, you must put huge amounts of effort into the task to capture such wonderful images Doug..!!  Thanks so much for sharing.   



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Posted 13 June 2017 - 02:07 AM

Outstanding shot! Love the light.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 02:36 AM

Magnificent Doug.

Here's a mission for you, should you choose to accept it: B)

How about using PS to add some space along the bottom edge of the picture ?

I may be wrong here, but it might put the cherry on the cake ?


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 06:19 AM

I changed my limit from 20000.'What is there to lose except a useable image?
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:21 AM

Thanks Rod...I know and I agree!

 

John...exactly!


Thanks Rod...I know and I agree!

 

John...exactly!

Thanks grim!!



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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:58 AM

Hmmm.

makes sense.  otherwise, all you get is an underexposed shot at 6400 or something, rather that a correctly exposed one at 18000.

As John says... :)



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Posted 13 June 2017 - 03:48 PM

It's a weird thing, I've taken shots at iso 2800 that I thought were unacceptably noisy, and yet somehow this one works (for me anyway), a skilled pro probably never would have taken the shot in the first place...I'll just keep shooting and hoping :D!


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:26 PM

very nice shot



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 01:07 AM

I don't know, but the colors ( especially the head and tail area) seems really desaturated or washed out., but the pine leaves are bright green. .  otherwise, excellent shot. the noise doesn't hurt the shot I don't think. Unless you were to blow it up really big...



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 04:17 AM

I missed this shot Doug, its a cracker, the high ISO is well handled well, nice one.

 

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 07:52 AM

Thanks very much guys, just happy to pull something out of that situation!






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