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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1350 on: May 06, 2013, 01:40:35 AM »
Keel-billed Toucan, Belize:



WOW! That is one hell of a head shot! Hell, its just an eye shot! Love that vibrant detail.
That's really cool Jon, another great image!  :D
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1350 on: May 06, 2013, 01:40:35 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1351 on: May 06, 2013, 01:47:16 AM »
Dropped my beloved 300L F4 IS a few weeks ago. No physical damage but the IS stopped working. Sent to Canon a fre weeks ago, picked it up from Purolator this morning and went on a road strait away.

Back in action. Taken with my 7D.



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Hey Digital, glad to hear you're back up and running with your 7D!  Great images!  Looks like you caught him right after he ate with the blood on his face and on his talons!  Nice details!  8)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1352 on: May 06, 2013, 01:55:28 AM »
Krob78, Mr. Otter, Barrfly, digital paradise and all you other photogs....very beautiful and inspiring shots. Looking at your work keeps me interested in pursuing this hobby and trying to make photographs like you can :)

Some I took at dusk today in my yard. This young heron has been coming around for about a month when I feed the fish in the canal, but he was never able to catch a fish in several dozen tries....until now. This tilapia was large and it took him several minutes to finally swallow. :P

Taken with a 7D and 100-400mm L @ 400mm. Almost dusk and was very overcast (started to rain as I took the last shot), so I used a 580 on camera flash with a better beamer. I am a total noob when it comes to flash since I never use it and haven't yet learned. I think these were overexposed and so I had to try and fix it with DPP. Constructive advice welcome. Thanks. :)
Thank you for your kind words... 

They're beautiful images Serendipity!  If they were all overexposed, you pulled them back in pretty well in DPP.  #2 still shows some overexposure, the others pulled back nicely.  I think you may find that you could get substantially better results pulling exposure back in LR4 or LR5.  There are a few more options to do so with.  Not just exposure, but you can use the slider or the brush for highlights, whites or exposure... Just my opinion, I use both but use dpp very little the last 3 years. 

If you decide to purchase LR, there are some excellent tutorials online either at the adobe website or scott kelby training vids... both great resources.  You can learn LR quite fast... it's not nearly as much a learning curve as CS5 or CS6 which are also excellent in concert with LR...

Great job on these ones, those are the money shots!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1353 on: May 06, 2013, 01:58:33 AM »
Krob78, Mr. Otter, Barrfly, digital paradise and all you other photogs....very beautiful and inspiring shots. Looking at your work keeps me interested in pursuing this hobby and trying to make photographs like you can :)

Some I took at dusk today in my yard. This young heron has been coming around for about a month when I feed the fish in the canal, but he was never able to catch a fish in several dozen tries....until now. This tilapia was large and it took him several minutes to finally swallow. :P

Taken with a 7D and 100-400mm L @ 400mm. Almost dusk and was very overcast (started to rain as I took the last shot), so I used a 580 on camera flash with a better beamer. I am a total noob when it comes to flash since I never use it and haven't yet learned. I think these were overexposed and so I had to try and fix it with DPP. Constructive advice welcome. Thanks. :)
Must feel really strange having a fish flopping around in your belly...  ???
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1354 on: May 06, 2013, 04:24:19 AM »
Thanks Ken for your helpful critique and advice. I hopefully will get LR4 or 5 soon and learn how to do better PP. I guess I was too close to that cardinal with 400mm and should have zoomed out a little. My wife said exactly the same thing when I showed her the photo ("I want to see his feet"). ;D
That tilapia has very sharp dorsal spines. The heron was extremely slow and careful to swallow it head first. I was thinking there goes his stomach. :o
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1355 on: May 06, 2013, 11:51:06 AM »
Keel-billed Toucan, Belize:


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1356 on: May 06, 2013, 12:24:33 PM »
Gull catching lunch - Martha's Vineyard
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1356 on: May 06, 2013, 12:24:33 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1358 on: May 06, 2013, 05:15:02 PM »
Good job on those ones altenae. Lovely pictures.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1359 on: May 06, 2013, 09:53:18 PM »
Does anyone know what type of bird this one is? The photo was taken in eastern Ontario, Canada, on the edge of a marsh. I tried to ID it with a couple of bird books and just got confused....

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1360 on: May 06, 2013, 10:05:28 PM »
Does anyone know what type of bird this one is? The photo was taken in eastern Ontario, Canada, on the edge of a marsh. I tried to ID it with a couple of bird books and just got confused....

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Looks like a Yellow Warbler. If it has orange streaks on it's chest and belly, it's a male. If not, it's a female.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1361 on: May 06, 2013, 10:28:34 PM »
Does anyone know what type of bird this one is? The photo was taken in eastern Ontario, Canada, on the edge of a marsh. I tried to ID it with a couple of bird books and just got confused....

Thanks!

Looks like a Yellow Warbler. If it has orange streaks on it's chest and belly, it's a male. If not, it's a female.

Nice shot!

Thanks for the ID... I rechecked by bird books and it looks like you are right. The shot was with a 60D, 100 percent cropped, 70-200 at 200mm, from a canoe.. I can only say good things about IS.....
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1362 on: May 07, 2013, 02:50:22 AM »
Some more from today. 7D, 100-400L @ 400mm.
 
Moorhen showing off her plumage.
Brazilian cardinal model will work for bread crumbs, but they have no feet ;D
Wasted half a loaf of bread (the fish enjoyed it) and this heron still couldn't catch any fish in over 100 attempts :P
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1363 on: May 07, 2013, 05:29:58 AM »
The hungry heron and the cardinal (who does have feet) ;D
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1364 on: May 07, 2013, 05:50:29 PM »
The hungry heron and the cardinal (who does have feet) ;D
Nice feet on the Cardinal!  Good image of him with his bounty!  The feet turn out to mostly be a "must have", unless you're doing a head study or a 3/4 portrait of a bird.. I lost a local photo contest about 10 years ago, one of the judges told me that the only reason I lost was I didn't have the bird's feet in the photo... Crappiest part about that was, I cropped them out of the original!  Occasionally it'll still happen, not too often though!  I learned that lesson quickly!  ;)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1364 on: May 07, 2013, 05:50:29 PM »