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A Great Egret Takes Off
Lens: Pentax HD DA 560 5.6 ED AW Camera: K3-II Photo Location: Sauvie Island, Oregon ISO: 640 Shutter Speed: 1/1000s Aperture: F6.3 
Posted By: Kath, 02-26-2016, 03:40 AM

A colony of Great Egrets sometimes winters in the slough near my home. Yesterday, I watched them for a couple of hours, far across the inlet. Such magnificent creatures!

This JPEG is only 1/30th of the original RAW image and shows some CA from the extreme magnification of the crop. The image still retained a good deal of sharpness, though, without an excessive amount of noise. If I can get another nice day soon, I'm thinking of going back and trying the 1.4 TC on the 560 to compare.

EDIT: The second photo is the same shot after using the Lightroom chromatic aberration tool. Sharpened it up a bit and removed most of the purple fringe. I also reduced the vibrance a bit to decrease the heavy blue tones. The resulting overall colors are truer to the original scene.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kath Quote
A colony of Great Egrets sometimes winters in the slough near my home. Yesterday, I watched them for a couple of hours, far across the inlet. Such magnificent creatures!

This JPEG is only 1/30th of the original RAW image and shows some CA from the extreme magnification. The image still retained a good deal of sharpness, though, without an excessive amount of noise. If I can get another nice day soon, I'm thinking of going back and trying the 1.4 TC on the 560 to compare.

EDIT: The second photo is the same shot after using the Lightroom chromatic aberration tool. Sharpened it up a bit and removed most of the purple fringe. I also reduced the vibrance a bit to decrease the heavy blue tones. The resulting overall colors are truer to the original scene.

Click twice for gallery details and original upload, if desired.

Truly a graceful looking creature. I like this photo very much. You did a great job in PP. You have the sharpness at exactly the right place (beak) and softness at exactly the right places. Too sharp on the color white can produce an abrasive appearance. Thanks, nicely done.

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I am still looking for that "second photo ... " Where is it please?
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I am still looking for that "second photo ... " Where is it please?
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Oops! Looks like the file was overwritten here. I'll post tomorrow when I'm on my laptop.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonytee Quote
Truly a graceful looking creature. I like this photo very much. You did a great job in PP. You have the sharpness at exactly the right place (beak) and softness at exactly the right places. Too sharp on the color white can produce an abrasive appearance. Thanks, nicely done.

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Thank you, Tony.

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I am still looking for that "second photo ... " Where is it please?
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See my edit above.
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That was a lot of purple fringing to have to deal with. You did a good job getting rid of it Like the light shining through the bird's wing. Nice one.
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That was a lot of purple fringing to have to deal with. You did a good job getting rid of it Like the light shining through the bird's wing. Nice one.
Thanks, Susan.
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