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  1. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Taken with Canon macro FD 100mm on Canon EF, ASA 400 (uncropped full frame)

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    I shot this with the intent to convert to BW, but during post processing I found I also had a fondness for the color copy, but it was not enough of a fondness to override my initial plan.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Is it dead?
    Did it fly against a window pane?
    Awww.

    Great clarity, and DROPLETS on the wings. And each and every feather to be seen in detail.

    But I still don't like this one SOOO much as a subject... :(
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Colours are a bit powerful in for my taste in your colour version, though both versions show off the details very well!
    In this case I think B&W is working well for the shot - I am not as sure about the composition - but nothing is standing out as bad

    Good shot :)
    poor bird..
     
  4. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yeah, My cats thought I was having trouble getting close so they decided to bring one to me and put it where I would see it on the front pourch.

    Thanks, I'm really enjoying my new lens.

    That's Ok, I've been stock piling a handful of shots that I am confident you will find more apealing.

    Thanks., the colors in the color copy where pushed a little for the BW conversion, it's one of my standard converting practices. As far as the composition I am rather proud of it considering what I was working with trying to finagle a tripod around all the crap that litters my porch.




    And to think I lost a little detail during processing.
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nothing More?
     
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    wow, powerful shot!!!
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Interesting :thumbup:
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you
     
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    Wonderful texture. The whites are a bit blown looking, though, but it is pretty cool.
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes they are, I did properly expose this but I pushed the contrast up a bit amung other things during the convertion effort. I am quite aware that I blew out some of the white, This was done to preserve some detail in the blacks of the head, most notably the lower side where it rests on the wood.

    Thank you
     
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    Definitely works for me. It's very evocative--pity for the dead bird is counterbalanced by respect for its role in the circle of life; we eat the birds, the birds eat the seeds, the seeds grow into grass, antelopes eat the grass, and . . . but I digress. Anyway, the feather detail is exquisite, and it's somehow more effective, IMO, with the eye just barely visible instead of the seemingly obligatory full-on open eye portrayal favored by so many. It might look a little better with a bit more contrast between the feathers and the substrate in the upper left of the frame, but, beyond that I can find nothing at all wrong. Excellent.

    What conversion method did you use? I don't have CS3 or 4, and until I got the free trial of Silver Efex I struggled mightily to find a method that pleased me consistently.
     

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