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  1. Raymond J Barlow

    Raymond J Barlow TPF Noob!

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    Driving on a service road, beside our major highway.. the QEW, I happened to have my senses about me, and saw this hawk on a lamp post. I follow it around for about 30 mins, and was able to get to about 18 ft from him at one point., it really was a dream come true.. I hope some day I get good enough at PS to edit these shots properly, but for now, here they are.. and also a couple from some hiking with Daisy.

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    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well. YES!
    They are a dream come true. I believe this!
    Beautiful!
    Myself, I would be thoroughly happy with these as they are, but since you have learnt a new skill or are learning it, your eyes must have changed along with it.
     
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    Raymond these are just killer. Well done man!
     
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    Congrads, so sweet capturing these animals in the wild, or urban setting. A trophy for sure. Good shots :thumbup:
     
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    malachite Heavily Medicated For Your Protection

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    Over sharpen a bit but good pics to begin with. That hawk was a rescue of some sort at one time or either a pet that was trained to hunt as indicated by the ID band around it's leg; pretty neat.......
     
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    another thread with great pictures. How do you do it. Those hawk pics are wicked.
    btw, what happened to its chest on the 4th pic?
     
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    Nice series of shot here Raymond. That butterfly one is awesome, great job on the focus.
     
  8. JonK

    JonK I want MORE!!

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    Your patience paid off raymond. some beauties here. :)

    I've been trying to capture some decent hawk photos like yours for some time now; they can be stubborn about flying off just as you get close enough for the shot!
     
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    Beautiful... Very well done. But as you pointed out the PSing needs some work, especially the first and fourth. It looks like you were trying to fix an area where the chest was blown out in the fourth shot and either oversharpened or went overboard with the shadow/highlight tool in the first. I would rather see the origionals with a few little flaws then see botched postprocessing, but thats just my two cents.

    Again, beautiful captures :)
     
  10. Raymond J Barlow

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    thanks everyone, ya i messed up the forth one bad,.. i will have another go at it tonight, and see how it comes out.

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    ok, I reduced the damage a bit, hope they look more real, learned my lesson today! 1 and 4 are updated, 2 and 3 still need some work.

    malachite many bird around here are tagged by conservation authorities, and it is very cool., I would say this one must have had some good human experiances, and it was very comfortable with me around., as it would turn its head completely away from me while i was less then 20' away.

    thanks again everyone.
     
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    Hey Raymond sorry I missed these. You have some great shots here and your shots are always wonderful I love your work! But as youÂ’re learning Photoshop please remember that Photoshop is just a tool and most of your photos that have seen need no editing because you're just plain great at photography. Photoshop can save photo's that don't make the grade or enhance photos to another level. But first and foremost we must have a good photo to start with and you always do!
     
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    WOW shots Raymond! 3 , 5 and 6 would be my fave... your patience sure did pay off.. neat captures of the hawk...
    love the bokeh in the butterfly shot.. and the red of the flower is amazing!
    nice stuff raymond :mrgreen:
     

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