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oops dropped it

By ruby34  
I find birds in the sky not an easy subject, but this one I like as I caught the meat as well.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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wonkers 8 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2011 7:35PM
Very well captured


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Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
6 Sep 2011 9:02PM
Hi Suzanne,
I can see why you had a go at this!
As it is, the exposure's a little bit suspect and there's some chromatic abberation present around the wings so I'm guessing that this was taken at about the lens's limit?
I've uploaded a quick mod. in which I've removed, as best I can, the CA and I've added some contrast and vibrance to just the bird using the magic wand to isolate it (I selected the sky, then inverted it).
I modified the sky selectively simply by inverting my selection again and adjusting the colour balance and vibrance at random until it looked fairly decent(ish)!
It really needed the edge around the bird to be softened slighty as well. Since I've played with it there's a bit of an "join".
If the shot was mine and I was planning to keep it, I'd replace the sky altogether. In this instance it would be a simple job.
All done using CS5.
Hope this helps.


Edit; I would also add some canvas to the LHS and possibly crop a bit from the right.
NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2011 9:45PM
you caught the moment well and had selected a good choice of shutter speed to match the speed / action of this lovely subject.

i think the exposure is possibly a little over which has left the sky slightly pale, you could fix that by making a duplicate layer and mutiplying them before tuning back to the optimum exposure with the opacity slide. i recon about 25 to 30 % might fix it. you could even go the whole hog 100% to darken the sky and then erase through to the bottom layer at a mid to low opacity which would take the bird to its correct exposure and leave the sky a rich blue.

im not sure but having seen several of your images posted, i believe a secondary sharpening after reduction in size would be beneficial to the overall quality on the upload.

i agree about the framing, it would be better with the greater space in front of the bird rather than behind and that could be done by extending canvas and cloning across from the rear before cropping at the right side.

nice shot though and i bet you are well pleased to get the inflight and seconary element of interest with the falling meat.

ruby34 6 16 Scotland
7 Sep 2011 11:45AM
I am so pleased you like it, thank you all. I did not have my big Sigma 500mm lens at the time, so you are right it was at the limit of my Tamron 300mm. Also I was unaware of not only lighting but positioning too. Of course, last but not least, these birds look as if they are gliding about, but when you try to capture one they are actually fast!
thatmanbrian 6 342 3 Spain
12 Sep 2011 10:17AM
I think you've done brilliantly to capture this shot. I think the mod is a little overcooked though, a matter of taste.Wink

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