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Bird of Prey

By Davesumner    
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


Tags: Sanctuary Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Healesville

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 9:12AM
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.


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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 12:09PM
Three extremely beautiful and well captured birds of photographs so full of colour and exquisite detail throughout.

Regards Nathan
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
26 Jul 2012 3:05PM
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.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
29 Jul 2012 12:36AM
Another question Dave, - did you have IS turned off?

Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
30 Jul 2012 8:28AM
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.


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