The Sparrow

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  1. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    More admiration for the really GOOD bird photographers, after I took these yesterday:

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    All taken of the same bird at the same time.
    Do you think there's any good one among them?
    Full 300mm and still quite much cropped off the frame :(
    How DO you get those close-ups!?
     
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    photo gal TPF Noob!

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    Swwet shots Corinna. I love the background colors and you have a very good dof here too! Nicely done. I have a lot of trouble with bird shots myself. Number 1 looks likes he's holding on for dear life! I'm torn between 2 and 3. Nice job! : )
     
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    These are very good!! I tried a cardinal again this morning with no luck! to far to really admire the pic...
     
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    Hoppy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Good detail on these. I wish I could even get close enough to try a shot!!!
     
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    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    These are good corinna, i think a few of them would benefit from a touch of the shadow/highlight filter (only with cs and cs2 i think), but that would only be to get them even more detailed, but as far as captures go, you've done well with your 300mm here :thumbup:

    edit: if i could corinna, i can re-post one of them to show you what this filter can achieve?
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, I would be interested to see that, Archie! So feel free to edit the one you would like to edit most.
     
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    like i said corinna, you've done all the hard work of getting a capture close in, and in good focus...... but here's an edit of the second..... i used the shadow/highlight filter to bring out more detail and colour on his underside.... then did a slight curves adjustment..... and finished off with 'smart sharpen' (only on cs2)..... to make it a tad sharper. ;)

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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hey, that looks good!
    Thanks for showing me.
    Well, seems like I'll be stuck with my 6.0-version for another while to come, so ... I might try to shoot "my sparrows" in RAW in the future and see where I can go from there, maybe?
     
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    yea shooting them in raw will help...... it is also possible to create a similar effect to the shadow/highlight filter in ps6...... its fairly simple..... you just duplicate the layer...... then on the top layer set the layer mode (little drop down box on the layers pallet) to screen........ this will lighten it instantly..... then if it needs more, duplicate that layer.... it will then be twice as bright, but you can reduce the effect by using the opacity slider on the layers pallet untill its just right...... once you like it.... flatten the image..... its not quite as good as the filter but it helps :)
     
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    Beautiful captures Corina!
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: Duckie! :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:
    You are here!
    Wow.
    What a surprise.
    I was thinking about you only the other day, wondering how you were! And now you are here. That is so nice! :hug::
     
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    nice shots LaFoto.. looks like your efforts are paying off! Archie did just what I would do in CS., I guess my advice is patience.. I might stand still in from of a bush with sparrows or cardinals for a full hour.. and wait for the opportunity. You need to get them used to you, and let them learn that you are not a threat. and, of course, hanging around a feeder helps!
     

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