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Posted By: wildman, 02-24-2009, 05:50 AM

Cleaning up HD and found these:

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02-24-2009, 06:12 AM   #2
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They're very attractive birds. And you've captured them well. Do you use a Better beamer? The last one is a winner!
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These are very good but a little on the dark side for my taste. It could be my monitor.

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I agree with JMR a smidge dark but great shots.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JMR Quote
These are very good but a little on the dark side for my taste. It could be my monitor.

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No it's probably not your monitor.
It's dark because that was the way it really was (more or less). When it comes to my bird pics I try to maintain the natural ambiance as much as possible. If the shot was taken in the deep woods it's going to, hopefully, look that way.

If I recall, most of these pics were taken early or late in the day out of choice to get a more softer directional light than at midday. For instance the last one was taken within a half hour of sunset on purpose. The light is low, soft and warm and coming from the right (West) side of the frame.

It's just an aesthetic thing with me. I could easily punch it up in PP but then it wouldn't be what I saw in the first place but something else.

However my monitors are very carefully calibrated so it might appear excessively dark on some monitors.
But as you said it is a matter of taste.

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One of my favorite birds and you captured them well. Thanks for posting.
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Haha, the pose in the last one is really great. Sharp picture, too
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Latley I can't seem to get away from taking bird shots and I do know how difficult it is to get great images like this. Well done and lighting is playing a role on the images but they still are standouts IMO. JIM

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Wow, a dreamy land of wonderful birds for sure!
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Really terrific, wildman!
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Great series, the last image is my favourite!
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Excellent shots! I agree with your thoughts. You read the light just right
and they look great to me.
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