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#1 TrailEx

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 10:08 PM

Ok, they're not partridges, and they're not in peartrees. They are Ruffed Grouse (which are distantly related to partridges).

 

I was hiking up a small mountain yesterday, and I wasn't expecting much opportunity for photos, but on my way back down I looked up and spotted these two characters just perched in a small tree directly above the trail. The interesting thing about interior Alaska is that in the winter there are very often temperature inversions in place. So that day it was -6 F when I started hiking, and because of the inversion, it got noticeably warmer when I began climbing the mountain (it was more of a really big hill). You can tell whether or not its below 0 F if your eyes start tearing up from the dryness and said tears freeze on your face.

 

If you could zoom in close to these images, you'd notice that they are definitely not sharp; that's because it was 40 minutes after sunset when I took these shots! So given the appallingly poor light, I'm quite pleased with them.

All shots at 400mm, F5.6, ISO 6400

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 09:13 AM

Good stuff.

I can see how a temperature inversion might catch an unwary hiker out.

The blue light in the photos loeks beautiful.

Interesting to see grouse perching in trees.

I always think of them as ground birds, but why wouldn't they take to the trees when needs arise ?



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Posted 26 December 2017 - 09:52 AM

Cool shots. I like the blue background.

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 11:10 AM

Nice to see them in trees, usually just see them running across a path after they get spooked 


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 02:28 PM

Nicely done!

 

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 02:45 PM

There seem to be two general types of grouse: open field grouse, and forest grouse. The Ruffed Grouse (I'm just guessing that they're Ruffed Grouse, the females all look really similar) is a forest dwelling grouse.



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Posted 27 December 2017 - 02:59 AM

Very nice low-light shots.  I've seen them in trees as well as on the ground.  However, my favorite place to see them is on the dinner table B).


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Posted 27 December 2017 - 08:36 AM

good shots, I am not particular to the first three, but the last one hiding behind the pines and at eye level is excellent!  nice set of pics!  



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Posted 27 December 2017 - 08:38 AM

Great shots considering the poor light. Interesting tidbit about the temperature inversions. Those inversions in the springtime here can save us from some nasty severe weather if they’re strong enough or make it worse if they are too weak.

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 01:07 PM

good shots, I am not particular to the first three, but the last one hiding behind the pines and at eye level is excellent!  nice set of pics!  

Good shots. The first 3 have a distinct blue cast on my monitor. I think it should be an easy white balance fix and or pull the blue saturation down. Try putting the white balance eye dropper on a neutral grey area in the image and see if it does not basically auto correct. Also with Canon try using camera neutral or landscape as a starting place and see if you don't prefer the image. With Nikon I almost always start with camera neutral instead of Adobe Standard to get my starting place closer to the actual scene, (Steve Perry uses camera neutral ). 



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Posted 27 December 2017 - 04:54 PM

Good shots. The first 3 have a distinct blue cast on my monitor. I think it should be an easy white balance fix and or pull the blue saturation down. Try putting the white balance eye dropper on a neutral grey area in the image and see if it does not basically auto correct. Also with Canon try using camera neutral or landscape as a starting place and see if you don't prefer the image. With Nikon I almost always start with camera neutral instead of Adobe Standard to get my starting place closer to the actual scene, (Steve Perry uses camera neutral ). 

The images were very blue SOOC, and I toned it down somewhat already, but I didn't want to eliminate it entirely since that was what it looked like. I'm not sure if it is just a monitor difference though, since on my screen the blue cast is pretty subtle.


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Posted 27 December 2017 - 05:39 PM

When I look at the white feathers on the Grouse they look bluish on my monitor. I have not calibrated it in a while but guessing it is in the image. The whites look more natural in the fourth.image. imo natural whites need to look natural white or close to it on wildlife but if you are pleased with the image then that is all that matters. All good. 






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