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    Thank you to both Joel & Bob to help all of us become better bird photographers!! You have really gone the extra mile for the rest of us and it is extremely appreciated!!


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    At Jan,


    I was think the same aspect ratio and keeping it in horizontal, but much tighter. Also keeping the rule of thirds.


    Hope that helps,


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    Jan, wow, that's a quality bird, very nice shots, also like the bokeh produced by the 5D2+ 400mm 2.8 combo!





    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade
    I ended up using 2 stops less light than camera meter called for on this image and it worked.

    yes, this white bird is a lot whiter than I thought especially in a sunny day.





    and yes, thanks Bob and Joel for your hard work!

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    John, here's the new crop. I sure need to learn some bird post processing tips though. I'm working at 100% view now and the sharpness could be increased a bit, but the noise gets more visible at this view. ISO800 I know...





    Thanks JJ, the bokeh is very nice indeed. The shots are all at f5 or f5.6 so not even wide open. It was an amazing lens, albeit I got some muscle pains the other day I now get why someone would spend so much on a lens

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    Jan...great owl shots. I really like #3 in your original post and the one above...but all are great.

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    Jan,


    I like the crop on this one. As for processing....the bird looks a little washed out...you could try a curves adjustment to increase the midtone contrast a bit and also under selective color you can choose the "neutrals" then increase the black slider just a few points. I would get rid of the stalk of grass and also would try to eliminate the out of focus fence post as well.


    You could try running a gentle setting of the noise reduction filter on the whole image but it would better to do that only on the background because you risk losing detail in the bird.( I don

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    Thanks Brant


    Joel, WOW these few steps were so easy to do and in my opinion they worked great!


    I have to tweak a few things, but I absolutely love your tips. Luckily I got an email notification so I can just safe the email with the tips


    This is my second attempt, like 5 minutes work, removing the fence was too much for me though. Out of my league at this point.



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    Much better! Thats exactly what I had in mind.


    Cheers,


    John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Paalman
    removing the fence was too much for me though.

    Here's a 3 minute attempt at that...


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    Just practicing with content-aware fill in CS5.

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    Haha I will not post what happened in my attempt at content aware fill, let

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