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4 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Nice!  Do you find it to be an improvement over what you were using, or is it too early to tell?

I already miss the heck out of that place!

Yes, huge improvement over the Nikon P610. Doesn't have the zoom of the P610, but makes up for it with image quality. And the fast and accurate focus is an absolute joy! I still have a lot to learn about the settings.

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1 minute ago, IKLland said:

Hate to post two in a day, but this might be one of my best Passerine photos ever! Ratings appreciated.  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/6199161971200

That’s a great photo. You are really getting some fantastic photos lately. If I may, are you significantly altering your pics in LR or elsewhere? I only ask because your photos seem a tad bit oversaturated to me as of late. The yellow in the pic appears unnatural to my eye. IMO. Your HOOR photo is fantastic too, but it has a slightly oversaturated appearance to me.

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12 minutes ago, DLecy said:

That’s a great photo. You are really getting some fantastic photos lately. If I may, are you significantly altering your pics in LR or elsewhere? I only ask because your photos seem a tad bit oversaturated to me as of late. The yellow in the pic appears unnatural to my eye. IMO. Your HOOR photo is fantastic too, but it has a slightly oversaturated appearance to me.

Thanks! Looking at the HOOR I agree, I made a mask of the BG and darkened it that I didn’t like, but I guess I forgot to delete that and somehow didn’t notice until now?? I’ll re edit that tomorrow. 
 

This SOSP was barely touched in terms of saturation and contrast. The mustard at this location was insanely dense, perhaps causing that appearance? Either way I personally think it’s fine, but I welcome more opinions . 

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25 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Thanks! Looking at the HOOR I agree, I made a mask of the BG and darkened it that I didn’t like, but I guess I forgot to delete that and somehow didn’t notice until now?? I’ll re edit that tomorrow. 
 

This SOSP was barely touched in terms of saturation and contrast. The mustard at this location was insanely dense, perhaps causing that appearance? Either way I personally think it’s fine, but I welcome more opinions . 

Cool. I didn't mean to come across as crass. I do think you have become quite the established bird photographer. 

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Running behind, but starting to catch up on the photo backlog. Got a few shots I'm quite happy with on this day. Always happy to get a good Green Heron shot!

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/619905812

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Also on the same day, one of my best Wood Ducks: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/619908514

And one of my best Western Flycatchers! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/619911310

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Great Horned Owl.  My backyard, Brunswick County, southeastern coastal NC.  02 Jun 24.  https://ebird.org/checklist/S178823280

Last evening I heard a call I couldn't identify.  Merlin said Great Horned Owl but since I couldn't confirm that, I didn't mark it.  This morning I got my confirmation!  I first sighted two, adult feeding this youngster, but the adult had left by the time I got the camera.  Juvie hung out for about 20 minutes.  These are only my second sighting of this species.

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I just finished up yesterday's photos.  I like the way I post-processed this Great Blue Heron.  This was my first time I've increased saturation.  Without this step, the bottom contrasting colors on the bird only showed a tiny bit.  If I was better at photoshop, I would only have added saturation to the bird and left the background vegetation duller so the bird would stand out more.  

Thoughts on this edit appreciated:

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13 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I just finished up yesterday's photos.  I like the way I post-processed this Great Blue Heron.  This was my first time I've increased saturation.  Without this step, the bottom contrasting colors on the bird only showed a tiny bit.  If I was better at photoshop, I would only have added saturation to the bird and left the background vegetation duller so the bird would stand out more.  

Thoughts on this edit appreciated:

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I like it!! I just wish the bird wasn’t so close to the left side of the frame…

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18 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I like it!! I just wish the bird wasn’t so close to the left side of the frame…

That's exactly how I shot the photo.  There was nothing else past the left.  Do you prefer this edit where I cropped the area to the right of the bird so it's less centered?  I remember this advice from a link you sent me that said there should be more space in the direction the bird is looking.  Even were I better at Photoshop, I would never clone scenery to create more space past the bird, as this would be artificial and not meet the spirits of the pure science that eBird wants us to represent.

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50 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

If I was better at photoshop, I would only have added saturation to the bird and left the background vegetation duller so the bird would stand out more.  

Using one of the selection tools, like Magic Wand or something similar, will allow you to separate the bird from the rest of the image and apply adjustments to just the selected area. I find that adjusting the brush size appropriately, and using the shift/alt keys to add/remove small sections at a time is less frustrating than trying to select the whole bird at once when playing around with these kind of edits. Inverting the selection will allow you to edit the background while leaving the bird untouched. I explain how I have done similar edits in the Before and After thread, which may,  or may not, be of interest.

https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/16817-before-and-after/&do=findComment&comment=104005

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40 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

That's exactly how I shot the photo.  There was nothing else past the left.  Do you prefer this edit where I cropped the area to the right of the bird so it's less centered?  I remember this advice from a link you sent me that said there should be more space in the direction the bird is looking.  Even were I better at Photoshop, I would never clone scenery to create more space past the bird, as this would be artificial and not meet the spirits of the pure science that eBird wants us to represent.

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This is much better. I don’t think eBird cares how you crop your photos as long as the bird is still completely identifiable and accurately displayed.

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