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digigal

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And not to be like some one who has just an opinions: these are from the last Sunday. I went there to say "good buy" to that Wandering Tattler (any way my first acceptable photos of that species in breeding plumage!). Got also a Heron (almost the same as Catherine's egret;):rolleyes::ROFLMAO:! Well, the Night Herons are not doing the same displays. All the effects are from the wind. It was really windy that day. Catherine Egret is much, much better:cry::)!
That heron's just not putting his heart into it like those egrets do! There's no one who can outdo an indignant egret! But you got great photos of the "quiet stalker type" guy! :LOL::LOL:
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usern4cr

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These are nice photos, usern4cr, but if you're looking for ways to improve image quality, they look too dark to me. I'd increase exposure or blacks and probably decrease contrast or saturation a bit. It depends on your monitor setup, of course, but I recall that I didn't have this impression when I saw your cat photos. Also, I think that #2 is out of focus, which to me always means the picture "goes to the basket without parole". :) These are just my criteria to select good photos.
Yes, #2 is somewhat OOF but I liked the background effect enough to tolerate it to show to others - but not good enough to frame.

All of these had the problem of a super bright background and a dark subject (by comparison). I tried to compensate accordingly but thought that I had brought the subject darkness up enough before it started to look burnt out.

Another thing that probably explains this is our monitor settings. I've recently gotten an X-Rite profiler to set an icc profile for my monitor (Apple 27" thunderbolt). I had to use the dimmest setting it offered, which is still much brighter than I previously had my monitor set at, and when printing to a "standard" printer (without ICC files) I had to *double* the exposure of them before printing them. So that alone might explain the darkness you are seeing, as the photo files are probably 1/2 the exposure of my previous ones (certainly like the cat photos).
 
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Took this on Tuesday in St James' Park, London. Thought the pelican was getting ready to launch into flight, but instead it spent about 30 seconds "dancing" and then went back to just standing there.

Taken on R5, with RF 800mm (f11, obviously), 3200 ISO and 1/1000.
 

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Jack Douglas

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My first day with the R5 and I'm pretty disappointed in ... my performance. I couldn't remember where buttons were or what I had programmed them to. I couldn't get the AF switched when I needed to and I totally forgot to bump up my shutter speed above 1/800 with 400X2. Never the less I was thrilled because this is my first experience with Snow geese and it was amazing as you can no doubt imagine. Oh, and the crummy animal eye AF wouldn't grab the eyes!

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That heron's just not putting his heart into it like those egrets do! There's no one who can outdo an indignant egret! But you got great photos of the "quiet stalker type" guy! :LOL::LOL:
:D!
My first day with the R5 and I'm pretty disappointed in ... my performance. I couldn't remember where buttons were or what I had programmed them to. I couldn't get the AF switched when I needed to and I totally forgot to bump up my shutter speed above 1/800 with 400X2. Never the less I was thrilled because this is my first experience with Snow geese and it was amazing as you can no doubt imagine. Oh, and the crummy animal eye AF wouldn't grab the eyes!

Jack
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:LOL::ROFLMAO:: "Oh, and the crummy animal eye AF wouldn't grab the eyes!" May it could be because of too many eyes? And I don't want to ask about the distance:)! Seriously - are all that white dots on the first photo Snows (nice photo BTW)?! Few years ago when I met my first 3 (in group) I was so happy. Later (next year I think I met 2-3 more. Happy again.
After your shots I don't know why I was that happy:unsure:.
Doesn't matter - it's Hawaii here...
 
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First, thank you Cog, for pointing out that my photos were too dark. I've (hopefully) corrected it with a new x-rite monitor profile (I discovered you can enter your target monitor brightness directly and now I set it lower to "40" with a temperature of 5,000K). Here is the continuation of the Winter ice photos (brighter):
(R5 & RF 100-500L)


House finch:
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male Northern cardinal:
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Caroline chickadee:
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I hope the brightness is better for "typical viewing" - if not then please let me know.

Cheers!
 

digigal

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Took this on Tuesday in St James' Park, London. Thought the pelican was getting ready to launch into flight, but instead it spent about 30 seconds "dancing" and then went back to just standing there.

Taken on R5, with RF 800mm (f11, obviously), 3200 ISO and 1/1000.
That guys needs to my the Snowy's in Florida!! :ROFLMAO:
 

digigal

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First, thank you Cog, for pointing out that my photos were too dark. I've (hopefully) corrected it with a new x-rite monitor profile (I discovered you can enter your target monitor brightness directly and now I set it lower to "40" with a temperature of 5,000K). Here is the continuation of the Winter ice photos (brighter):
(R5 & RF 100-500L)


House finch:
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male Northern cardinal:
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Caroline chickadee:
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I hope the brightness is better for "typical viewing" - if not then please let me know.

Cheers!
These are great but your reds are a little too "hot". The luminance can be pulled down on the reds in LR and that should solve that.
Catherine
 

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Took this on Tuesday in St James' Park, London. Thought the pelican was getting ready to launch into flight, but instead it spent about 30 seconds "dancing" and then went back to just standing there.

Taken on R5, with RF 800mm (f11, obviously), 3200 ISO and 1/1000.
The pelicans there have their wings clipped so they can't fly away - they are captive birds.
 

Jack Douglas

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:LOL::ROFLMAO:: "Oh, and the crummy animal eye AF wouldn't grab the eyes!" May it could be because of too many eyes? And I don't want to ask about the distance:)! Seriously - are all that white dots on the first photo Snows (nice photo BTW)?! Few years ago when I met my first 3 (in group) I was so happy. Later (next year I think I met 2-3 more. Happy again.
After your shots I don't know why I was that happy:unsure:.
Doesn't matter - it's Hawaii here...
Easily a thousand birds. Some were White-fronted and there was the odd Canada Goose mixed in and no doubt other ducks too. They are not approachable at all and the first shot gives an idea of the distance - much further than I prefer. I saw white and thought, what kind of crop of weeds is this?

Jack
 
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These are great but your reds are a little too "hot". The luminance can be pulled down on the reds in LR and that should solve that.
Catherine

Thanks, Catherine. I've reduced the saturation on the birds somewhat since the male Cardinals & House Finches have such brilliant reds. But I can try to reduce it and the luminance a bit further as well, but I only use DXO PhotoLab4 and I'm not sure how to reduce the luminance specifically for a red channel. If anyone here knows how to do that, please let me know if possible.
 
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Thanks, Catherine. I've reduces the saturation on the birds somewhat since the male Cardinals & House Finches have such brilliant reds. But I can try to reduce it and the luminance a bit further as well, but I only use DXO PhotoLab4 and I'm not sure how to reduce the luminance specifically for a red channel. If anyone here knows how to do that, please let me know if possible.
In the HSL section just choose red, then you can customize the range of that red and the saturation slider below it will only affect that selected color range.
 
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