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Jan 15, 2010 20:56 |  #1

Have not posted in a while, Work is a killer, but here are a few BIF shots from this week in the mornings on my way in to work.

Hope they are getting a little better!!

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Jan 15, 2010 21:53 |  #2

Just another very "ole dog" checking in... :) .. I don't know if I can give you any brilliant technical advice, I am sure there are many out there that can do that...( I got help on a raven post )... but that second shot of the goose is very nice angle, from wing tip to wing tip... I don't know what you are shooting for a camera, but in PP I guess I would boost the levels, exposure, shadow & highlights and do some NR.

The shoveler is very nice, the white is a tad blown out aside the breast, but all in all the light is quite beautiful... especially on the bill, head and wing edges... a pretty shot.

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Jan 15, 2010 23:11 as a reply to  @ dbriz's post |  #3

My favorite is the Northern Shoveler. They are all nice captures, but seemed to be a bit soft. I looked at the EXIF from the first image and examined it in Photoshop. The image seems to be a bit dark and I noticed that you used -1.67 stops of exposure compensation. I suspect that the image did not need that much negative exposure compensation. Also, while the high shutter speed is great for freezing motion, I think that stopping down to f/8, shooting at 1/2000 sec shutter speed, and perhaps even using ISO 200 or 100 would have been possible.

Was the image shot in JPG or RAW? I ask because the white balance is off considerably from what I would have expected (everything seems to have a green bias). I think a little more capture sharpening (either in-camera for JPG or post processing for RAW) would improve the image sharpness. Also, the image has some chromatic aberration and fixing that will contribute to improving sharpness.

I edited the image in Camera RAW to perform a white balance and adjust chromatic aberration and then did a minimal amount of sharpening in Photoshop. This seems to indicate that the image you captured is reasonably sharp and all that is needed is a bit of editing.



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Jan 16, 2010 05:13 |  #4

Bill and DB, Thanks so much for the info, I am still a baby at processing and have done very little and only with the canon pack, I am signed up for a little class on lightroom I hope will give me a leg up.

I am still using the Quantaray 70-300 piece of junk, and trying to get the best out of learning to better my technique as I am saving for a Bigmos to get me "out there" surgery for me and the wife both, got in the way of my upgrade, but soon!!!. I really appreciate all the help everyone on here is giving this "ole dog" as he works through the digital learning curve.

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Jan 16, 2010 06:09 |  #5

Nice captures, I never used to get those sort of photo opportunities on the way to work !


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Jan 16, 2010 07:13 |  #6

I like them all. Except for the last they're all a bit underexposed and look a bit soft, but as far as I can tell they are all in focus. Taking a Lightroom class is a great idea. It will much improve your images. I like the gull very much by the way.


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Jan 16, 2010 07:34 |  #7

Post Processing Part of the Game!!


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Jan 16, 2010 15:39 |  #8

Thank you arty and levinader. Arty, if I don't get shots right now going to work, or at lunch, I don't get to shoot. I carry my camera with me everywhere, and I try to optimize my route to the office to increase opportunities. I will share some more of those in the next few days, but it is really amazing at what is there when you really "see" what is around you even in a large metro area with over 1 million like here in the Memphis area.

I am looking forward to increasing my Post processing, but at the same time, I am bound and determined to have the best I can to "play with" when I do learn more about post processing. Thanks for the encouragement!!


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Jan 16, 2010 17:39 |  #9

ducklabdad wrote in post #9406363 (external link)
.... but at the same time, I am bound and determined to have the best I can to "play with" when I do learn more about post processing ..........

That is the best approach, by far. Getting it "right" in the camera minimizes post processing work.

Post-processing has its limitations -- it can be used to enhance a good exposure, but it can't make a bad exposure "good" -- at least, not yet. I have a request in to Adobe for a new Photoshop "remorseful pre-capture history brush" that would allow the user to "paint" in what the photographer had hoped to capture in place of what was actually captured.


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Jan 16, 2010 17:44 |  #10
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jack that shutter speed=sharper pics. Nice series. The bif is a ****.

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