Ibis landing

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    • #144026
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Taken whilst trying out a new lens.

      Nikon D600
      Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4 D IF-ED + TC14E II
      f/5.6 | 1/2000s | 800 ISO | Handheld

      Large version: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/4077181/

      CTS_7112-Edit.jpg by Tobie on Light Stalking

    • #144082

      Wow, this is a hard one to find much wrong with.

      Possibly some loss of detail in the left wing (extremely picky)

      Possibly a candidate for POTW? @redman?

    • #144090
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Thanks @admin. Unfortunately the right wing blocked some light getting to the left wing so I raised the shadows a bit but there was not much more I could do with it. 🙂

    • #144113
      Stewart
      Participant

      Possibly.. good content and comp but the colour is off and it lacks punch.
      Do you have photoshop Tobz?

    • #144142
      Tobie
      Moderator

      I do @redman but please expand – what colour is off? These are not colourful birds at all, unless the sun hits them at exactly the right angle.

      Here’s a version that I’ve tweaked a tad for another purpose (large version: http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=143134&d=1406045249):

      CTS_7112-Edit-4.jpg by Tobie on Light Stalking

    • #144219
      Stewart
      Participant

      Cool, lets run through a basic non destructive edit. (you can reselect our layered adjustments and tweek it to suit you later on)
      Open image, name & save to desktop as a new file (so you can keep original safe)
      Main menu/Image: Auto tone (this will improve the white balance and we will tweek it next for some pop)

      Main menu/Filter: Reduce Noise – set: Basic/Default – apply (this will smooth it out)

      Main menu/Filter: Noise: Add noise – set: 0.1, Gaussian, tick monochromatic – apply (this will prevent banding when image is saved)

      Colour tweek:
      Main menu/Layer: New adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation – set:-
      – Master channel: Hue -1, Saturation +15, Lightness +5
      – Yellow channel: Hue 0, Saturation +40, Lightness +5
      – Magenta channel: Hue 0, Saturation -50, Lightness -25
      (Leave all the other channels as is at default)

      Contrast tweek:
      Main menu/Layer: New Adjustment layer: Levels – set:-
      – Histogram boxs Darks 2, Mids 1.05, Lights 250
      – Output Levels Darks 5, lights 250

      Thats it. You can now double click on the Adjustment layers now and tweek the settings to suit your own taste.
      Once your happy with your final result, go to
      Main menu: Layers: Flatten Image
      Save it and your done.
      Post your final edit so we can have a squizz at what you come up with.

    • #144691
      Ash
      Participant

      ….or load it into Lightroom (if available) and use the “punch preset” and then adjust according to taste.

      Nice capture..I think the colours are true to reality and a dry arid environment Sort of thing that you may see in NG..I love the space where you left the bird to land.

      For some reason I prefer the first image..not sure why…

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