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By simon_stacey
A young razorbill contemplates the ocean waves.

A cooperative subject wasn't the problem with this shot, as this little razorbill seemed quite content to pose for me. The difficulty was in the contrast, holding some detail in the white breast while exposing enough to see the black-brown feathers and the tiny eye, at the tip of the white streak.

Tags: Razorbill Farne island Wildlife and nature

Voters: skewey, KarlC, whiteswan01 and 2 more

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KarlC 16 17 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2008 9:28PM
Why did you chop the feet off? Regarding the exposure you could try HDR if he'll stay still for 3 shots. The easiest way to do this is to set the camera to exposure bracket and high speed motor drive - then you'll get 3 frames in rapid succession at three exposures that you can then HDR.

TIP: If you've no HDR software you try Photomatix trial version - it'll put watermarks in the output but if you generate a second copy rotated 180 and then rotate back 180 and overlay with the first copy in PS you can erase one set of watermarks to reveal the underlying layer (with water marks else where!). Bit naughty...
whiteswan01 14 13 England
11 Sep 2008 11:04PM
great shot like the lines on the beak and above

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