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01-30-2017, 10:57 AM   #24481
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Tufted Titmouse? You can blame it on the hands doing the typing.
Yup, thanks. Will do and correct. Sloppy mind-somewhere-else* typing.

*Please to not kick if found. It's small and not function well, but it's all I have.

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Delmarva Birding Weekend was a success:
105 species recorded in 3 days.
Here are some from yesterday.

Great Blue Heron


Red Tailed Hawk


White Pelican


Female Northern Harrier
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Thanks for the encouraging comments Luftluss and Big Dave




I know the yellow came out well but colour is something I rarely try to adjust in PP (I tried recently when the camera was accidentally set to "bleach bypass" and when there was some flare to deal with) - I usually just adjust exposure, highlights/shadow, clarity, contrast and sharpness in Camera Raw and Photoshop Elements, as required.
You missed my Harlem Globetrotters joke...
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You missed my Harlem Globetrotters joke
Well sorry - way over my head, or maybe I was a bit over-sensitive, thinking I was being accused of the high crime of over-saturation.

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QuoteOriginally posted by UserAccessDenied Quote
Delmarva Birding Weekend was a success:
105 species recorded in 3 days.
Here are some from yesterday.
Yeah, that qualifies as a success indeed. I'm curious, how do you get the blue skies to stay so clean while preserving all that detail in the birds? I always struggle a bit to get the noise reduction right with my K3II (and K3 before that), although switching to DxO software helped a lot.

After a three month wait, I got my DFA 150-450 back from repair. Half the lens has been replaced with new parts. Mental note for the next time: always check if the zipper is closed when you carry your camera bag while walking on a concrete floor. Anyway, from last week (crops to about 25% of original frame, click for larger versions):

Great Bittern taking off:



Iceland Gull in flight (in mist and rain, but that may not be too obvious):



Here's a couple of slightly older ones, with the DA* 300. Zoo pics, obviously, due to a lack of free-roaming Mandrills in the greater Amsterdam area. I'm not entirely unhappy with that fact.



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Well sorry - way over my head, or maybe I was a bit over-sensitive, thinking I was being accused of the high crime of over-saturation.
He was just trying to make a funny I think @boriscleto and I are of the same generation and geographical area where we see the word "meadowlark" we immediately think of Meadowlark Lemon, the great Harlem Globetrotter...

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I am learning to use a new-to-me Tokina 500mm mirror lens (a Pentax Marketplace purchase) with my K-S2, a Manfrotto 393 gimbal head and either a Manfrotto monopod or a tripod.

This image of a snowy-beaked Northern cardinal was captured through the glass of a sliding door. Comments, suggestions and criticism are welcome by PM if you prefer that to posting in this thread.

I greatly admire images posted here. Thanks very much and best wishes to all.
500/8 mirror can be tough to use in less than bright light - I know, I have an MTO 500/8. Did the cardinal move while you shot him?
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Elephant in a wet place.

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QuoteOriginally posted by OJGoreng Quote
Yeah, that qualifies as a success indeed. I'm curious, how do you get the blue skies to stay so clean while preserving all that detail in the birds? I always struggle a bit to get the noise reduction right with my K3II (and K3 before that), although switching to DxO software helped a lot.
Do you have Lightroom?
I've recently incorporated Nik collection into my workflow. It's a remarkable collection or free tools to use in Lightroom and Photoshop.
To handle noise, I use Dfine2 from the Nik collection. You can manually adjust noise by using control points. Changing the view 'Mode' from [RGB] to [Contrast Noise Mask] you can see what areas will be affected by each control point.

The first image below is a shot at 300% - Hopefully you can see the pixels and the level of noise in the background.

The next 5 shots are the process in Lightroom/Dfine2

The last shot is post noise reduction in Dfine2, again at 300% for comparison.


Hopefully this helps a little... If you have Lightroom, or are considering it, I'd highly suggest downloading the Nik collection and seeing how it could tie into your PP workflow.

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Holy smokes, we actually had a sunny day today!

I didn't see too many likely subjects in my travels today, a few mute swans and mallards.

A400/5.6 + 1.4x-L



cropped away about 25%


50% crop. I wasn't prepared for him taking flight; 1/750s shutter too slow...
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Holy smokes, we actually had a sunny day today!

50% crop. I wasn't prepared for him taking flight; 1/750s shutter too slow...
Sounds like you're having the same kind of weather as we are, We had one good day over the past several weeks, otherwise gray skies day after day.

Actually, I really like the 3rd picture. The blurred wings give it a real sense of motion, so 1/750 works for me. Nice job.
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Sounds like you're having the same kind of weather as we are, We had one good day over the past several weeks, otherwise gray skies day after day.

Actually, I really like the 3rd picture. The blurred wings give it a real sense of motion, so 1/750 works for me. Nice job.
We usually get your sloppy seconds when it comes to weather.

I don't mind the blurred wings - as you said, it gives a sense of motion. But there's also motion blur in the body, not so visible web-size but it is when larger.
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The next 5 shots are the process in Lightroom/Dfine2
Thank you for this insight UAD, it's appreciated. I have used the Nik add ins for HDR but will give Dfine2 a look.
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Secretary bird atop its overnight roosting spot - taken very near sundown.
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Secretary bird atop its overnight roosting spot - taken very near sundown.
wow, never seen one before.
Cool!
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