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Nice capture, Norm. Have you looked up her banding info? On my monitor, it looks like you might have pushed the blacks a little far in PP (especially the first photo). Also, photos 1 and 2 would've worked better with a larger aperture (f/16 is going to bring in all the background detail, which detracts from your great subject).
In PP you can always mask out the bird and perform a Gaussian blur on the background (but that's cheating!! ) Anyway, looks like you have a pretty sweet front yard!
Thanks Hank for your suggestions. I'm not sure what you mean by "pushed the blacks." The only thing I did was lighten shadows by about 25% in Photoshop Elements 10. The light was very harsh at midday. As to blurring the background, I know I'm in the minority but as a biologist I like to portray my subjects as I see them. When I look at an animal, the background isn't blurry, that's what the camera sees. That said, I'm not a purist to this doctrine because I will clone out a distracting limb that gets in the way.
The biologist who banded the bird is a very close friend of mine and I know her history. She is pretty mellow for a Cooper's hawk.Once in the past, I blundered out the front door, which is about 20 feet from where she is in the last photo, and walked away from her and she didn't fly. The male on the other hand is very skittish.
Thanks again for you suggestions.
Edited on Mar 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM · View previous versions