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Wetland Life
Wetland Life

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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Tamron SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD IF for Nikon
Location: Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC, Canada
Date: Nov 22, 2005
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

Female Red Wing Blackbirds are much more colorful than people normally think as shown here. This shot shows her varied color blended in with the late fall wetland forest background. I do birds quite a bit and out of the best bird shots from November this one was my favorite, I think it is the bokeh. There are more exotic birds but hope this one connects with people because of its familiarity.

Shot at 380 mm using fill flash from SB-800 & flash extender, Pattern metering, Shutter priority

Covert in RSE Premium settings: Auto white balance, appearance 2, exp. Comp +.27, fill light +20, shadow contrast +17, highlight contrast -22, sharpness +10, noise suppression +20, vibrance +2, save as TIFF

MS DIP 10 to crop, adjust levels, USM and save as TIFF

PSE 3 to resize, save for web

Place: 181 out of 519
Avg (all users): 5.7616
Avg (commenters): 7.7143
Avg (participants): 5.7402
Avg (non-participants): 5.8182
Views since voting: 1183
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 281
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 02:35:39 PM
Good use of the DOF. Maybe you could have pushed the colours on the birds head a little. 7.
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12/05/2005 12:53:36 PM
wonderful photo, cant think of anything to change!
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12/04/2005 10:52:04 PM
Great study. Crisp down to the lichens on branch. -9-
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12/02/2005 10:30:23 PM
Nice redwing...Did ya use some fill-in flash?
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12/01/2005 06:25:52 PM
Great focus and it looks like you used fill flash very effectively too.
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12/01/2005 11:44:05 AM
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12/01/2005 06:56:47 AM
This is good 8
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