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Birds on the Grand
Lens: SMC Pentax M 400/5.6 Camera: Pentax K10D Photo Location: Hespeler ON ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F5.8 
Posted By: 8540tomg, 08-11-2010, 11:48 AM

Found a lot of waterbirds and birds in general at this spot just outside Hespeler on the Grand River today. Several Egrets and a lots of Great Blue Herons as well. Sadly, no worthwhile shots of these as yet. I also found a million mosquitoes. and had to rush the shots as they were driving me mad.

Great White Egret on the far side of the river - no chance to get close but he looks good against this background



A pair of Cedar Waxwings with big time PF issues. I must learn how to fix this someday.



Another Waxwing - love those yellow tails



I go back later in the week when the light is better and covered in OFF. Should get better results.

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Good lord! That thing is a PF monster when it wants to be

Nice sharpness and focus though
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I hope you don't mind but I wanted to see what a simple saturation adjustment would do + little stuff (curves etc.):

Note: Its clearly not perfect, and I only spent maybe a minute or two on it. Also, all that was done to cancel the PF was selecting purple from the listed colors when adjusting saturation in GIMP and simply desaturating it while keeping the overlap high. I did the same for the tree branch, as for what ever reason in your image it was unnaturally green.
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I hope you don't mind but I wanted to see what a simple saturation adjustment would do + little stuff (curves etc.):

Note: Its clearly not perfect, and I only spent maybe a minute or two on it. Also, all that was done to cancel the PF was selecting purple from the listed colors when adjusting saturation in GIMP and simply desaturating it while keeping the overlap high. I did the same for the tree branch, as for what ever reason in your image it was unnaturally green.

In high contrast situations like this the PF on the old M400/5.6 rears its ugly head.

I use Photoshop elements and to tell the truth I haven't explored everything it can do. I'll have to spend more time on this or avoid high contrast situations as I normally do.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
In high contrast situations like this the PF on the old M400/5.6 rears its ugly head.

I use Photoshop elements and to tell the truth I haven't explored everything it can do. I'll have to spend more time on this or avoid high contrast situations as I normally do.

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Well to get the result I got, its incredibly easy. Took me less than a minute to get the green cast and PF to go away...
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Hi Tom, your still as deadly as ever with the 400.
have a fair amount of expirence with waxwings and their 'buggers' to shoot.
always in extremities of canopy,lots of sky, very compelling reason for adding
ladder and rope to kit.
Yeatzee's way sounds alot easier.
Had a abstract notion to try adjusting hue in firmware on body, with a tammy I
was playing with. BBR seems to go 'green' SMC seems to go 'purple'
bumping hue a notch here or there did seem to help.
looking foward to alot more great stuff from you and yeatz
cheers
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those waxwings are beautiful birds.... wonderful captures... dave m
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Thanks guys,

I think I need a more advanced version of Photoshop as Elements seems a bit limited as far as I can tell.

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Thanks guys,

I think I need a more advanced version of Photoshop as Elements seems a bit limited as far as I can tell.

Tom G
Why not try gimp? Its free and can do just about anything PS can
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