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A Sparrowhawk looking for a meal in my garden. Taken through a double glazed window.

Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:Canon 100 - 400
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sparrowhawk in the rain
Username:Cowser Cowser
Uploaded:9 Apr 2010 - 9:54 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2010 - 9:57 PM

Very well spotted and captured,excellent work.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2010 - 10:05 PM

great capture and nice shot,
saeid

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borrower
borrower  5 England
9 Apr 2010 - 10:39 PM

Great shot, especially through window...
Louise

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 8:09 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You've caught the bird really well, lovely and sharp.

I think I may have cropped this image, both left (to remove the chain) and right (to remove the trunk on the right). There's not a lot you can do about the green bar in the background.............unless you have the patience of a saint and are prepared to clone it out! Smile

Another way would be to select the bird and it's perch and either replacing the background or using something like 'gaussian blur' to gently blur the branches. I must admit though, I do like to see the hawk in it's natural surroundings.

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 11:48 PM

Kraren's covered the main points here, and I agree with her suggestion for the crop. The trunk/bough to the right of the bird acts as a barrier cutting the frame in 2, so nothing to the right of it is relevant anyway.

I've done a quick mod with the crop, also burnt in the light brach to make it less distracting, and sharpened the face only of the bird with the sharpen brush. Hope that's some use

Stephen

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Cowser
Cowser  4 Scotland
11 Apr 2010 - 2:42 PM

Many thanks for the comments and for the modification by Steven.

I'll hopefully get to grips with Photoshop as time progresses.

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Cowser
Cowser  4 Scotland
11 Apr 2010 - 8:37 PM

Sorry modification was by Stephen - "Tooth"

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Davesumner
20 Apr 2010 - 7:03 AM

Ian,

I uploaded a quick mod to show that the blue bar can be removed in about ten seconds by desaturating the cyan channel and painting the bird back through the mask so it retains any cyan that may be present in the bird. Cropped adjusted levels and sharpened.

DaVeS

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Cowser
Cowser  4 Scotland
28 Apr 2010 - 5:06 PM

Dave,

Many thanks for the mod - I'm afraid that I'm a total novice when it comes to photoshop but I really appreciate your information and help.

Ian

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Tom-Melton
17 Apr 2011 - 8:15 AM

great capture

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