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And stretchhhhh....

By Coen
Taken in the Pilansberg national park in the North West province in South Africa.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 8:17PM
Hi, I have done you a mod. Lovely capture, what a beautiful bird.
I did a crop to eliminate the busy twigs that distract from the subject, if you use f3 or f4 you will get a shallower dof, blurring the background, in my mod I have cloned out some of the branches (only roughly to give you the idea) .
I gave the exposure levels a slight adjustment in all colours, and a slight adjustment to the highlights/shadows, which brought out more detail in the bird. And gave it a very slight selective sharpen.
Hope you like itGrin

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
21 Jun 2013 4:06AM
Its quite a good shot. The slow shutter speed has allowed a small amount of blur as the bird moves, but its acceptable.

Coen 5 2 South Africa
21 Jun 2013 8:49PM
Thanks guys appreciate.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 8:50PM
A very good capture, Coen, and that "stretch" shows the fanned wing feathers off beautifully. There is a nice blue irridescence on the plumage, too, and the orange eye is very striking.
The background is very cluttered with branches, and there wasn't much you could do about that at the time of shooting.
However, I have done a modification which eliminates most of it, just keeping two branches that nicely frame the shape of the bird and give it a clean area above and in front of it, for it to "move into". I then used the Smart Photo Fix in Paintshop Pro, an automatic image enhancing option, which adjusts highlights, shadows, brightness, colour balance and sharpening.
Coen 5 2 South Africa
23 Jun 2013 8:20PM
Thanks Pam it look stunning.

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