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5 Feb 2011 5:02PM
A beautiful shot, good eye contact showing a very intense stare.


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5 Feb 2011 5:15PM
Great pose and lighting,love the BG....Nice clean capture.
Clint123 8 2
5 Feb 2011 5:28PM
It looks as though the noise reduction has softens the breast plumage Dave. What program are you using. Also if using the 7D at ISO 400 you shouldn't have any noise visible at all. Do you have the noise reduction turned on in camera, that helps, also by reducing highlights causes noise to appear as with sharpening etc. Starnge though that you had to in the first place
5 Feb 2011 6:17PM
Beautiful capture.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2011 6:37PM

Quote:and noise reduction

I have to ask, why the ISO is set at 400, yet the Shutter speed is 1/2500
Surely a SS of, say 1/250 would suffice,or even less, then the ISO could be dragged down to 100/200

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
5 Feb 2011 6:40PM
It is a nice shot. I do agree with Clint however, and question why you would need to remove noise at ISO 400 on a 7D, unless this is a small crop of a larger shot?

Noise reduction, - including Noise Ninja which has specific noise profiles for each camera, will tend to soften some areas of the shot where it will interpret very fine detail as noise, such as in soft plumage, and it will remove it, - this is why you always need to remove noise with a layer copy and remove the NR effect where its not wanted. With large high res monitors we are all gettiing a little too picky about noise!

To me, the shot appears to be slightly flat and a little hot on highlights; and it can benefit with re composing with cropping to place the bird lowers and further to the right.

Ive also toned down highlights, enhanced the eye catch light, and increased saturation on the bird only. I finally applied a VERY small amount of sharpening.

I hope this is helpful and would like to know your opinion on the mod,


andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2011 8:49PM
works for m like this a lot Wink
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
5 Feb 2011 10:55PM
I take on board the comments from Clint and Willie, Dave but still think this is a lovely Nutty capture and pose. The only thing spoiling it for me is the slight flatness and lack of vibrance. I've uploaded a mod in which I used the selective colour tool in CS5 to add warmth to selected areas and sharpened very slightly by creating a duplicate layer, which I sharpened and then reduced the opacity to around 75% and the layer mode to luminosity.
6 Feb 2011 12:55AM
Excellent shot for me as it stands.
Ray42 10 3 England
6 Feb 2011 7:48AM

Quote:It looks as though the noise reduction has softens the breast plumage Dave....
- I have the same problem getting to grips with this
Some interesting and very constructive methods by Willie and Sylvia - I shall have a go at both too - love the shot by the way
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
6 Feb 2011 9:27AM
this is with your old camera ,i think ,you moved on to a full frame and it may be difficult comparing results from the two.I remember seeing a change in the definition and quality of your shots ,this is a good shot but a bit flat ,both mods are good ,not better or worse just different.The advice about SS and ISO settings seems to make sense.You are all more experienced than me but you asked ,just my opinion.

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