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Taken very early morning at ISO 2000 and poor light, so a little flat I think, but not wanting to start a controversy over saturation I have not tried to get better contrast.

OK I am officially fed-up with the snow. It's fine when I am able to get out and take pictures, but otherwise it is just frustrating. Maybe I could work in the evening and photograph during the day. Sleep could be an issue, but sure I could fit it in somehow Wink

Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Kingfisher and Fish II
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:2 Dec 2010 - 11:06 AM
Tags:Alcedo atthis, Fish, Kingfisher, Water splashes, Wildlife / nature
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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 11:10 AM

A beauty large Cheryl ! Ron.

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 - 11:21 AM

An excellent capture

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
2 Dec 2010 - 11:37 AM

Super quality,Cheryl.
Cheers
Alan

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 - 11:44 AM

Excellent shot, Cheryl.
Tony

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 12:47 PM

Excellent details and timing too, congrats on the HC.
Regards Richard

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Karrol
Karrol  529 forum posts England
2 Dec 2010 - 1:11 PM

Superb capture.

Flat?!

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 1:30 PM

They don't come any better.
David

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Tom-Melton
Tom-Melton e2 Member 6Tom-Melton vcard United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 - 3:02 PM

superb

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 459 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 3:20 PM

congrats on the award, though to my eye the colours do look a little flat in this shot. Like the fish and the water drops though Wink
Fish

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Karen_Summers

It does look to flat for me to be honest great pose and good to see the fish but the light is poor, most of your work deserves the highly commended but I do question this one, when I see a lot of excellent images on here that never get a look in, I know that is nothing to do with you, but I do sometimes wonder why

Last Modified By Karen_Summers at 2 Dec 2010 - 4:03 PM

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 7:33 PM

Just the tweak in V2 makes all the diference - cracking shot - Ina

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 459 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 7:38 PM

Agree with Gezina, V2 works for me too Smile
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Karen_Summers

Agree V2 much better

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 8:28 PM

Yes its V2 Cheryl Smile Congrats on the HC
Steve

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 81872 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 9:59 PM

Surprised you even uploaded V1 knowing yourself that it was not up to your standard.
V2 looks fine and shows no sign of being oversaturated imo Smile

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2010 - 8:34 AM

Thanks all.

Thanks Tom for the UA, appreciated. In fact I was going to delete the image, but as someone had awarded their personal award that would be a touch rude.

Why upload the one without full processing, well I wanted to prove that it was as I thought flat, but I am sure if V2 was there by itself it would have been described as over-staurated. I think it proves that comparison is more powerful than viewing a single image in seeting a baseline.

To see how the images really look on the RAW file these early ones are completely flat straight out of the camera due to the atmospherics that were still around. It was very misty and poor light. In days of print though would I have just binned this because the initial print would have been poor? Probably, so digital gives us more flexibility to draw the image out, something which quite often I am too lazy to fully explore. Hence why I have so many never seen images on my hard drive. Maybe one day I'll fully process them and find some hidden gems.

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2010 - 1:48 PM

Anyone who disagrees with my choice please don't get upset...volunteer for the Guest Editor role for a week and show us how it should be done. Smile

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JoshReptiles
10 Dec 2010 - 6:28 PM

Nice one Cheryl! V2 for me though!
Josh

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
14 Dec 2010 - 6:54 PM

For me, #2 is a teensy bit over-saturated but that may just be my uncalibrated screen. I definitely prefer it to #1, which does seem a bit flat. Love the fish and the flying water drops.

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Shellio
Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 6:29 PM

Outstanding photography. Kingfishers have excellent colouring.

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