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Sparrowhawk in the rain

By Cowser
A Sparrowhawk looking for a meal in my garden. Taken through a double glazed window.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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9 Apr 2010 9:57PM
Very well spotted and captured,excellent work.

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
9 Apr 2010 10:05PM
great capture and nice shot,
borrower 8 4 England
9 Apr 2010 10:39PM
Great shot, especially through window...
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
10 Apr 2010 8:09AM
You've caught the bird really well, lovely and sharp.

I think I may have cropped this image, both left (to remove the chain) and right (to remove the trunk on the right). There's not a lot you can do about the green bar in the background.............unless you have the patience of a saint and are prepared to clone it out! Smile

Another way would be to select the bird and it's perch and either replacing the background or using something like 'gaussian blur' to gently blur the branches. I must admit though, I do like to see the hawk in it's natural surroundings.
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
10 Apr 2010 11:48PM
Kraren's covered the main points here, and I agree with her suggestion for the crop. The trunk/bough to the right of the bird acts as a barrier cutting the frame in 2, so nothing to the right of it is relevant anyway.

I've done a quick mod with the crop, also burnt in the light brach to make it less distracting, and sharpened the face only of the bird with the sharpen brush. Hope that's some use

Cowser 8 Scotland
11 Apr 2010 2:42PM
Many thanks for the comments and for the modification by Steven.

I'll hopefully get to grips with Photoshop as time progresses.
Cowser 8 Scotland
11 Apr 2010 8:37PM
Sorry modification was by Stephen - "Tooth"
Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
20 Apr 2010 7:03AM

I uploaded a quick mod to show that the blue bar can be removed in about ten seconds by desaturating the cyan channel and painting the bird back through the mask so it retains any cyan that may be present in the bird. Cropped adjusted levels and sharpened.

Cowser 8 Scotland
28 Apr 2010 5:06PM

Many thanks for the mod - I'm afraid that I'm a total novice when it comes to photoshop but I really appreciate your information and help.

Tom-Melton 10 2 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 8:15AM
great capture

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