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Jan 18, 2010 17:01 |  #1

I found these guys on a very cloudy day with occasional flurries. They were in Gorham NH enjoying some berries. I wonder how long it take sthem to process these berries in their bellies. They must be frozen or close to it.

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Jan 18, 2010 17:34 |  #2

These images are rather dark. With some processing I think you can bring out the birds and de-emphasis the background. If you turned on IMAGE EDITING ON I will show you what I mean.
Also, I suspect you were too far from the bird for your flash to be effective. A Better Beamer will concentrate the flash on the subject.
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Jan 18, 2010 17:53 |  #3

Nice shots, but agree they do seem to be a bit lost amongst the background.


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Jan 18, 2010 18:41 |  #4

I have the better beamer. I just often find it seems to washout the birds.

I probably should have tried it though.

I may go back and try to get more separation in LR3 Beta.

Thank you for the comments.




  
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Jan 19, 2010 07:25 as a reply to  @ lloydsjourney's post |  #5

Here's what can be done with your images. Using CS4 and Brightness and Contrast, and the Burn and Dodge tool to tone down the bright background even further and brighten the eye and a bit of sharpening. I may have over done it but you can see what is possible.
Regarding the Better Beamer check out other peoples settings. You have to have your settings right and under expose to get the proper exposure with it. I am not a big fan of the BB. It makes a very unnatural catchlight and if you don't have it set right the whole image can look unnaturally light as well but it does have it's uses in the right place.

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