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Jun 05, 2018 12:51 |  #19696

Will in Tejas wrote in post #18639665 (external link)
A month removed from the Texas coast migration. Beautiful shots Doc.

Thanks Bill. The Indigo’s have been here for a while but the Prothonotarys are just now becoming plentiful.


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Jun 05, 2018 13:38 |  #19697

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Mike, I really appreciate your kind words, thank you!

There's some good techniques that can help hand holding these larger lenses, many of which I took from my Marine Corps rifle training. The biggest things that help are good braced posture (left elbow tucked into hip), breathing (release shutter on "half-breath"), and utilizing the strap for firming up said posture. Standing is the hardest, can't do that for too long before things get wobbly, but if I'm crouched or kneeling, I can hand hold for days.

For noise, the 5D4 sensor plays the biggest part in keeping things clean. There's noise, but it's very uniform and unobtrusive, which makes things easier in post. To reduce further, I use the masking brush in LR on the background parts without detail and slide noise to about +60, and also reduce sharpness a little (-15). Finally, I do some global noise redux, but very light here (+15-20), and bump the contrast/detail sliders to retain some details. Lastly, try to be careful bumping contrast and saturation, as weird artifacts will start to form. This works for me for the most part. Some high ISO photos aren't as malleable though (my 80D needs greater care), so this workflow has to be seasoned to taste.


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Jun 05, 2018 13:48 |  #19698

MatthewK wrote in post #18639468 (external link)
Mike, I really appreciate your kind words, thank you!

There's some good techniques that can help hand holding these larger lenses, many of which I took from my Marine Corps rifle training. The biggest things that help are good braced posture (left elbow tucked into hip), breathing (release shutter on "half-breath"), and utilizing the strap for firming up said posture. Standing is the hardest, can't do that for too long before things get wobbly, but if I'm crouched or kneeling, I can hand hold for days.

For noise, the 5D4 sensor plays the biggest part in keeping things clean. There's noise, but it's very uniform and unobtrusive, which makes things easier in post. To reduce further, I use the masking brush in LR on the background parts without detail and slide noise to about +60, and also reduce sharpness a little (-15). Finally, I do some global noise redux, but very light here (+15-20), and bump the contrast/detail sliders to retain some details. Lastly, try to be careful bumping contrast and saturation, as weird artifacts will start to form. This works for me for the most part. Some high ISO photos aren't as malleable though (my 80D needs greater care), so this workflow has to be seasoned to taste.

Matt...Your response is extremely helpful. I already use some of the techniques you mentioned, but I learned a lot from what you do for noise clean up (I plan to try your techniques). Thank you so much for your detailed response. By the way, your work is really excellent. I always look forward to seeing you posts.

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Jun 05, 2018 14:13 |  #19699

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Two from this morning

Prothonotary Warbler and an Indigo Bunting
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Doc...All I can say is WOW!! I love those 2 shots.


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Jun 05, 2018 14:19 |  #19700

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Excellent shots, Michael!!


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Jun 05, 2018 14:27 |  #19701

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Doc...All I can say is WOW!! I love those 2 shots.

Thanks Mike. I appreciate your comment!


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Jun 05, 2018 14:46 |  #19702

Eurasian tree sparrow

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Jun 05, 2018 15:01 |  #19703

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Eurasian tree sparrow


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Very beautifully done shot of your Eurasian tree sparrow. They are almost identical looking to our house sparrow, found in all 50 states.


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Jun 05, 2018 16:26 |  #19704

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Excellent shots, Michael!!

Thanks, Mike!


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Jun 05, 2018 19:10 |  #19705

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Reddish Egret, Tigertail Beach, Florida

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Jun 05, 2018 19:46 |  #19706

docg wrote in post #18639639 (external link)
Two from this morning

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Dude, this is the finest Indigo Bunting shot I’ve ever seen! The Prothonotary isn’t too shabby either ;)


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Jun 05, 2018 20:44 |  #19707

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Dude, this is the finest Indigo Bunting shot I’ve ever seen! The Prothonotary isn’t too shabby either ;)

Hey, I really appreciate the comment. Thanks!:-)


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Jun 05, 2018 23:16 |  #19708

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Gorgeous shot, David...so very nicely done!


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Jun 05, 2018 23:27 |  #19709

Beauty and the beast. I don't know what happened to the beat up looking drake (I do know he's in molt, but I'm thinking he lost a few skirmishes). It looks like he barely made it thru a trash compactor (I shot him yesterday, but he wasn't here today).

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Jun 06, 2018 01:24 |  #19710

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