Thanksgiving dinner

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  1. The Professor

    The Professor TPF Noob!

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    My first day with a real camera (Canon EOS Rebel XSi 450D) and although I took 125 pictures of 12 different subjects, I got just one usable shot. Here's a tom turkey in our back yard:

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    42mm : f/8 : 1/100s : EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8-f/5.6 IS (kit)

    What do you guys think?
     
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    sambrody44 TPF Noob!

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    How'd you get so close?
     
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    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Here are a couple suggestions.

    A bit more reflected light from the front and a bit less backlighting might make it pop a bit more.

    Also, backgrounds for this kind of shot are best when they are not busy.

    I did about 5 minutes worth of post processing of this image to give you an idea of how you can make your photos have a bit more "oomph".

    Done entirely in Capture NX, but you can do the same in any post processing program:

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    This tom is one of our free range Bourbon Reds which we raise in our yard. A flock of wild ones (two dozen at a time) come by every day and steal our turkeys' food. The wild ones are very skittish and at the slightest movement, they fly up into the trees. You should see a 20 pound bird roosting on a 1/4 inch branch! Ours don't mix with the wild ones very much. I was hoping a few wild ones would stay on and beef up our numbers, but it doesn't look promising.

    I'd like to get a picture of the tom standing on our yellow lab. He likes to show her who's boss.
     

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