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Feb 06, 2014 08:39 |  #16

Here are some more...haven't been out birding as much as I'd like, but hoping to go for eagles tomorrow.

A couple more pelicans from Goodland - I wasn't paying enough attention to the shutter speed on the shot where he landed and there is some blur in the wings...

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A pair of ibis at Tigertail

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And an osprey on a marker, Big Marco River, shot from moving boat...

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Feb 06, 2014 09:26 as a reply to  @ KaosImagery's post |  #17

Great shots of the osprey...lucky you to get out in a boat. Now if the sun would come out...


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Feb 06, 2014 09:49 |  #18

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Great shots of the osprey...lucky you to get out in a boat. Now if the sun would come out...

The friends we are staying with have a SeaRay 24' bowrider....boating is a daily thing. We actually went to Tigertail by boat.

Did not go out this morning, too much fog - hoping it will burn off because we are planning on running down to Cape Romano (about 5 miles south of Marco) to see the remains of the Dome houses there...and whatever wildlife we see on the way :)


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Feb 06, 2014 13:11 |  #19

You're off to an outstanding start with this. I'm hoping to be down there myself in a couple of months for my annual trek around the state.

You've got some exceptional detail in these shots. The Osprey shots are a bit underexposed but some curves adjustment reveals a lot of nice feather structure, especially in the darks. Given that I used the JPEG file I'm sure you originals will look better than this.

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Feb 06, 2014 13:17 |  #20

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Great series! Love the three Ibises in a row shot. Was one of them counting cadence?
Thanks for sharing.

At first glance, that is what I thought, until I started counting legs....8?


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Feb 07, 2014 06:42 |  #21

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At first glance, that is what I thought, until I started counting legs....8?

There are actually four of them....follow the lowest bill and you'll notice one head lower than the other three...


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You're off to an outstanding start with this. I'm hoping to be down there myself in a couple of months for my annual trek around the state.

You've got some exceptional detail in these shots. The Osprey shots are a bit underexposed but some curves adjustment reveals a lot of nice feather structure, especially in the darks. Given that I used the JPEG file I'm sure you originals will look better than this.

Interesting....the osprey photo looked ok to me, but I am using my laptop to process, not my normal desktop at home. I did calibrate the screen before coming down, but I've been in different environments while editing. I'll check them all when I get home.

Thanks for pointing it out. Hope you have great weather on your trip.:cool:


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Feb 07, 2014 13:32 |  #23

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Interesting....the osprey photo looked ok to me, but I am using my laptop to process, not my normal desktop at home. I did calibrate the screen before coming down, but I've been in different environments while editing. I'll check them all when I get home.

Thanks for pointing it out. Hope you have great weather on your trip.:cool:

Thanks, I've been lucky down there for the most part and try to stay flexible with my schedule so I can drive to the good/better weather if need be.

Many times when photographing high contrast species like Osprey, Stilts, Skimmers, Kingfishers, etc., my RAW files will be slightly underexposed as well. I meter for the whites and let everything else fall where it may and do some push and pull in processing to balance things. The trick is to minimize the underexposure so that your blacks/shadows don't flood black on you. A quick check of the histogram will confirm if the highlights are in tact. One thing that helps get a more accurate representation of the highlights on the LCD is to turn down the contrast in camera, I believe one click will do it. Before I did this I would underexpose too much since the "blinkies" on the LCD would show up way before the highlights actually were compromised. Now when I see tiny "blinky" or two, I know I'm right where I need to be. The brighter the light, the more challenging these high contrast marked birds become.


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Feb 08, 2014 07:21 |  #24

Thanks for the tips, I am going to try that next time out.


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