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Jack Douglas

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14130 on: August 16, 2017, 11:26:09 AM »
These are not the best but ... for ISO 10000 I'm very pleased.  I was after waxwings but had to give a few minutes to this plain Jane since she was so friendly.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14130 on: August 16, 2017, 11:26:09 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14131 on: August 16, 2017, 06:47:29 PM »
Hi Folks.
So many great shots since my last comment, I have been trying to get out a bit more and spend less time here while the weather is nice, plenty of time for forums when it's crap weather!
Here is the one result of more time out, I've been trying to get a nice shot of Rooks, Crows, Ravens or Jackdaws for a while, Monday I was killing some time waiting for a customer and took my 40D and 70-300 (non L, I didn't have anything better with me!) to the cliff top.
This one sat eying me cautiously and twitching every time I moved a bit closer, and boy was it windy there, hence the feathers over his / her crop being spread open!
It looks to me like the lens body combo front focus a bit and no AFMA.


Hi Valvebounce,
Whilst in Juneau last year I managed to get some raven images on the quayside, when I saw this one I couldn't resist the crop showing only the upper body, what made it for me was the complimentary background.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14132 on: August 16, 2017, 07:08:31 PM »
Yes, HB, the background and the excellent exposure and light make the shot. Nice!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14133 on: August 17, 2017, 12:28:09 AM »
I love ravens...smartest birds in the world.  I lived in the mountains and watched them do some uncannily intelligent things.

This is my raven shot.  I an not fond of the processing, so I am looking at different things to do with it.  But, I do love the look in his eye...

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14134 on: August 17, 2017, 02:11:38 AM »
That is a really awesome photo of a Raven.  So expressive.

Congrats!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14135 on: August 17, 2017, 09:58:32 AM »
Hi Cog. 
Thank you.

Cheers, Graham.

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I like the shades of black on a raven. Nice!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14136 on: August 17, 2017, 09:59:58 AM »
Hi Martin.
Another really nice shot, cute looking thing too.

Cheers, Graham.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14136 on: August 17, 2017, 09:59:58 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14137 on: August 17, 2017, 10:21:23 AM »
Hi Jack.
Plain Jane, but very willing to strut her stuff for you! Nice series.

Hi HB.
Very nice shot, good pose, good background and nicely processed.

Hi clbayley.
I really like the bird, am I correct that it is the busy bokeh that you are not happy with? Bringing your dissatisfaction to attention made it stand out, otherwise it would probably have been fine. We all appear to be our own worst critics and should let go a bit!   :)
So true about the intellect, I watched the one I was shooting and his friend a bit further away behind him study me and my clumsy field craft as I edged closer, each move of a short step the threat level was re assesed with head tilting and a slight change in stance and then they would relax. Eventually his friend cracked and flew off, I got much closer to my featured bird before he followed his friend.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14138 on: August 17, 2017, 10:23:23 AM »
I love ravens...smartest birds in the world.  I lived in the mountains and watched them do some uncannily intelligent things.

This is my raven shot.  I an not fond of the processing, so I am looking at different things to do with it.  But, I do love the look in his eye...

That's a very nice shot, clbayley. I agree with you, ravens are very intelligent birds.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14139 on: August 17, 2017, 11:31:04 AM »
Thanks Click and VB!

I am disappointed in the blue cast on the bird.  I admit I am very inexperienced with photo processing so sometimes slam sliders too far.  I have been playing and learning and hope to come up with a new version of this picture some day.

As far as the busy bokeh, I actually really like it (except the light branch above its head).  It represents a harshness that I think goes with the bird and it's meal.

I watched 2 ravens make a fool out of a dog.  My neighbour's tied their dog to a long rope and one raven would taunt the dog while standing just outside the reach of the rope.  The other raven would then steal the dog food.  The birds then traded places.  Poor dog didn't have a hope.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14140 on: August 17, 2017, 11:44:16 AM »
I watched 2 ravens make a fool out of a dog.  My neighbour's tied their dog to a long rope and one raven would taunt the dog while standing just outside the reach of the rope.  The other raven would then steal the dog food.  The birds then traded places.  Poor dog didn't have a hope.

 ;D ;D ;D


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14141 on: August 17, 2017, 11:48:24 AM »
Thanks Click and VB!

I am disappointed in the blue cast on the bird.  I admit I am very inexperienced with photo processing so sometimes slam sliders too far.  I have been playing and learning and hope to come up with a new version of this picture some day.

As far as the busy bokeh, I actually really like it (except the light branch above its head).  It represents a harshness that I think goes with the bird and it's meal.

I watched 2 ravens make a fool out of a dog.  My neighbour's tied their dog to a long rope and one raven would taunt the dog while standing just outside the reach of the rope.  The other raven would then steal the dog food.  The birds then traded places.  Poor dog didn't have a hope.

It reminds me of a film I saw of Kites at the Ngorongoro crate in Kenya. At the top of the crater was an ice cream van and tourists eating their refreshing ice creams. One kite would flyby the tourist, missing them by inches - when they were distracted by this 'near miss' the second kite would steam in and steal the ice cream from their hand.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14142 on: August 17, 2017, 11:56:09 AM »

I am disappointed in the blue cast on the bird.  I admit I am very inexperienced with photo processing so sometimes slam sliders too far.  I have been playing and learning and hope to come up with a new version of this picture some day.


That magenta cast on blacks often happens when there is no obvious white area on the frame that the camera can use to set true white balance - I see it a lot on geese and ducks with black bills.
in Lightroom, I pick the white balance dropped and search over the frame for a patch (no matter how small) of white or grey - what you are looking for is an area where the RGB values are very nearly the same (in LR these are shown on the graph that pops up, other programs show it on the histogram). Click on that patch and it  often resolves the issue.
But be aware that ravens have a lot of blue in them anyway so an alternative is to adjust the HSL values of the blue channel.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14142 on: August 17, 2017, 11:56:09 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14143 on: August 17, 2017, 12:01:25 PM »
Recently read of scientists upgrading the intelligence level they associate with even the smallest birds.  The "bird brain" derogatory statement is rather unfortunate.

I may have mentioned before that at Haida Gwaii the traditional two clans were the eagles and ravens and folklore abounds with myths about ravens.  Our crows are no slouches either.  We humans seem to lack a lot of the capabilities that these amazing creatures have - intriguing.

I love the Raven photo too.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #14144 on: August 17, 2017, 12:02:30 PM »
Thanks Mike!  So much to learn...

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