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I took these shots at a bird of prey show, they were taken using the new auto focus system in the 5D Mk3 but I have a concern regarding the images. I took three shots which I have uploaded as versions to this one which seem to have the subjects dropped in using Photoshop. I think that the problem is the sharpness of the subject in contrast to the blurred background but i would like everyone else's opinion on what they think about the shots looking Photoshopped. Is the new 5D Mk3 so sharp that this is going to be a problem, I don't recall this happening with my Mk2, What do you think?

Image 1 - Lightened slightly using fill light in ACR, cropped and a gap in the trees cloned. Sharpened then uploaded.
Image 2 - Is cropped and has had the background desaturated as it was the same colour as image 1, then sharpened.
Image 3 - Is cropped and sharpened.

Thanks in advance for your comments

DaVeS

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Jul 2012 - 11:59 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bird of Prey
Username:Davesumner Davesumner
Uploaded:26 Jul 2012 - 4:42 AM
Tags:Healesville, Pets / captive animals, Sanctuary, Wildlife / nature
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 9:12 AM

I love V1 and whether or not you feel it looks to have been dropped in, I don't agree. I would aslo think that some evidence of that would need to be present before anybody felt that way.

V3 is the one that could give rise to such thought, but looking at the eyes and body language of the spectators, it can clearly be seen to be genuine.

Frank

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NDODS e2 Member 43250 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 12:09 PM

Three extremely beautiful and well captured birds of photographs so full of colour and exquisite detail throughout.

Regards Nathan

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 3:05 PM

What AF mode were you using Dave?


V3 captured an amusing coincidence with those two obvious brother, perhaps twins, with precisely the same expressions at the same time!

V3 certailny looks PS to me.


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 26 Jul 2012 - 3:08 PM

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29 Jul 2012 - 12:36 AM

Another question Dave, - did you have IS turned off?


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Davesumner
30 Jul 2012 - 8:28 AM

Thanks all for your comments,

Willie, I had IS turned on for these although the zoo shots I uploaded last week, it was turned off. I have the images on my work computer as a screensaver and I often see people standing watching the slideshow so I was a bit concerned when several asked if i had photoshopped the background in on all three of these shots which is why I asked the questions. I'm really happy with everyones comments and it has reassured me so thanks all.

DaVeS

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