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Berowne

... they sparkle still the right Promethean fire.
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The second has more oomph, but I don't mind the first if the colours reflect reality. Some people like to enhance colour saturation and vibrance, and it can look spectacular, but I am happy also with the genuine natural dull colours.
Alan, you are right and I understand the argument, to be as honest as possible, when showing the pictures.
 
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Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
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Thanks for the hint, Wiebe. Your comments are always welcome!
Here are two more shots, the first without any changes and the second with camera calibration set to "landscape" and the Gradation curve set to medium contrast. Our "Fächertaube" is BTW always sitting in her nest in Darkness (ISO 6400).
Hi Andy, nice shots again :). As these birds are at an average exposure level within the picture their colours come out very well (no matter which camera selection you use - that is more a personal preference).
When however the birds are in the full sun while background is in the shade, as with the bee-eaters, the camera's automatic exposure will "push" the sunny parts up on the exposure scale to avoid the shaded parts from getting too dark. In that case under-exposing in the camera or pulling back highlights in post-processing will help in showing the sunny bird in its full colour. So my earlier comment was only relevant for the picture where you had this high overall dynamic range to cover...
Please don't let my comments stop you from posting, as I really like your contributions! (y)
Wiebe.

P.S.:
Advice given in good spirit is useful and welcome. I got knocked into shape by a bunch of Dutch guys, and the Dutch are famous for being direct.
Similar to Alan's remark - I learn most from other photographers; looking at their pictures but also / especially from the comments they give evaluating mine...
 
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Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
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Lovely shots. Nicely done, Wiebe.
Thanks Click!
You are invited to also give pointers on what to improve btw...; seeing the proficiency with which you are taking your pictures, there must be some areas that you identify can be improved in mine :unsure:;)
Wiebe.
 

AlanF

Canon 5DSR II
Aug 16, 2012
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Thanks Click!
You are invited to also give pointers on what to improve btw...; seeing the proficiency with which you are taking your pictures, there must be some areas that you identify can be improved in mine :unsure:;)
Wiebe.
Your camera doesn't look quite level so a few degrees clockwise revolution! But, still a very nice shot.
 

AlanF

Canon 5DSR II
Aug 16, 2012
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Arrived in Hong Kong last night, expecting to stay until Saturday night but a force 8 typhoon expected this weekend and so am fleeing on the last flight tonight. I managed to get some studies of Java Sparrows this morning. It was very gloomy and I had to shoot at iso800, which is pushing the 1" sensor, but I was close enough for it to be ok. Catching up on CR at the airport.
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AlanF

Canon 5DSR II
Aug 16, 2012
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Thanks Click. The latest reports are that the typhoon is a super typhoon with expected wind speeds of 240 km/h within a 100 km of HK on Sunday morning.
 

Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
676
269
Netherlands
Arrived in Hong Kong last night, expecting to stay until Saturday night but a force 8 typhoon expected this weekend and so am fleeing on the last flight tonight. I managed to get some studies of Java Sparrows this morning. It was very gloomy and I had to shoot at iso800, which is pushing the 1" sensor, but I was close enough for it to be ok. Catching up on CR at the airport.
So you were using the RX10...
If you had not given the hint about 1" sensor I wouldn't have guessed!
Excellent shots, lots of sharpness in the birds while background is nice and soft (and nicely contrasting darkish green but that is totally due to the photographer ;))

Have a safe flight out!
W.
 
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