Chris1966 wrote in post #19131103
Yes, autumn is on the doorstep Matthew! I hope you will be enjoying some nice fall colors!
I just purchased a license for Topaz Denoise. After getting comfortable with it as a photoshop plug-in, I am now able to get results that I like. Here is one of the Little grebe shots. Matthew, thanks for insisting that the D500 and Topaz denoise are a good match, they are! The D500 files have such "body" that they still have lots of depth when the noise is reduced to virtually non-existent. It's a great tool, and I even read that Topaz has changed its license/upgrade and tool development scheme, to offer better in-depth improvements for existing tools. So a promising tool going forward! B.t.w., this was a low iso shot (iso 200), but it still removes a particular fine noise and makes the image look almost as smooth as that from a full frame camera with lower resolution.
Outstanding, this is a nice shot of the Grebe, very smooth lighting and details all around!
I can't take credit for the Topaz DeNoise revelation, that accolade has to go to Phil, as he turned me on to it a while back, but yes, it's a crucial tool to have in the kit. Along w/ Lightroom, this is a piece of software that I don't have any reservation paying for, it's made such a massive difference in not only how I post process, but it also gives you confidence in less than ideal lighting conditions to capture shots you'd previously have avoided due to noise. That is to say: I don't really care about high ISO shooting anymore.
DocRoger wrote in post #19131689
Those Phoebes are pretty common around here too and they are always quite eager to pose for the camera.
The hummer shot is outstanding! Fantastic colors in the background! I will also sometimes shoot these like you did with the slower shutter speed. It works well because the bird is essentially motionless, just the wings moving which makes them almost "disappear and gives a cool effect. Well done!
Phoebes are impossible to photograph, I am lucky to get one shot a year!
EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #19131682
While your warbler shot have been fantastic, the Northern Flicker family on the path is just really intriguing to me. It makes me stop & wonder what they might be communicating to one another. Super cool capture!
The fall colors shot make me crazy jealous. Here, we go from pale green to brown to bare on ~90% of our trees.
I had another first time visitor to the yard this week - an Eastern Phoebe. They are quite common in TX, I've just never seen one visit my yard. Pretty poor light inside the canopy of the bush & backlit by the pale grey sky, but "ole faithful" didn't bat an eye.
Our hummers are getting pretty sparse now too, so I expect they will all be off to points south this week.
Your Hummer shots are brilliant, Phil, always full of crisp detail, and you expertly bring out that emerald green color in their plumage!
I'm right there with you, as I've never had a chance to sit and watch Flickers out in the open before this, as they are always in deep woods up in the trees, or in tangled underbrush. There were 4 or 5 of them in this group, and they were hopping around and would chortle at each other, while others would sit and sway their head at the others. Their interactions were comical and intriguing! When I was just getting serious into birding, during the colder months I'd take my blind out into the woods and wait for Flickers to show up, because without a blind you can't get anywhere close to them... might have to employ the blind again this year, I haven't gotten a nice Flicker shot in a while.