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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · More Egrets


with flash

Scott



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  Canon EOS 7D    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens    210mm    f/6.3    1/5000s    1600 ISO    +0.3 EV  





GoetzPhotoz 2013

  Canon EOS 7D    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens    210mm    f/6.3    1/4000s    1600 ISO    +1.0 EV  




Apr 06, 2013 at 08:47 PM
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Hi Scott,

Not knowing the actual white levels of the feathers, I reworked #1 - not sure if this moves closer to or departs fromyour vision. CS6 and 'lights' luminosity masks - haven't touched them in some time.

Regards,

Bob







Apr 06, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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Couldn't resist the BW temptation....iterative trial and error best describes workflow.

Regards,

Bob







Apr 07, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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Maybe some vignette, mid-tone bump, soft light blend and sharpening?












Apr 07, 2013 at 09:44 PM
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Took a stab at it ... diggin' the plumage.







Apr 08, 2013 at 04:07 AM
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I just got back from Florida viewing Egrets etc. My question: are the egrets actually pure white? Cattle egrets have a bit of reddish brown, and to my eye the white-adjusted ones above look too white. I like the first one-- it seems the most realistic. But it may just be my eye or my monitor.

keith



Apr 11, 2013 at 02:28 AM
 

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Karen, Bob, Kent
Thanks for the reworks, tweaks, suggestion. Clearly needed a bit more sharpness at the eye.
Karen, your tweaks are very subtle. They look better, but I cannot readily identify how.
Bob, as you have seen at least one BW egret version on the BW forum, you know I like this direction. How did you darken the sky?

Keith,
These, and the series of bird images I have been posting, were all taken at Gatorland in Orlando. I was surprised over and over again at how white the feathers were. I hope you have a cattle egret shot to share because me efforts fell short. They have a reddish, orange tint as you mentioned, and do contrast with the snowy and great egrets.
Where were you?

Scott



Apr 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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sbeme wrote:
Karen, Bob, Kent
<snip>
Bob, as you have seen at least one BW egret version on the BW forum, you know I like this direction. How did you darken the sky?

<snip>
Scott


You're asking for recall beyond my 2 or 3 hour retention horizon

I think this is generally the sequence for the background.

Took the color re-work and converted to BW in LR. Next in HSL-Color-BW (I think the BW option) took the Blue slider all the way left, darkening blues. At that point the background was fairly ugly showing squares of tone rather than a smooth gradation. After trying other techniques with no success, I went into CS6, copied layer, and applied Gaussian Blur filter, ~10px, Multiply blend mode. Created mask, in this case I inverted to black, and using a soft brush at 10-15% opacity, brushed in the now darkened background. As an experiment, I think I tried selecting the background and darkening the mask derived from the selection but couldn't get that to work properly. I really don't know much at all about selections and derived masks, just tend to use a soft brush and apply from it.

The net effect is a nice, softly graduated background.

Think that is about it, I am sure there are many and better alternatives but the fewer options I have to get into trouble, the better off I am.

Regards,

Bob



Apr 11, 2013 at 04:38 PM
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thx
not bad retention I'd say
Scott



Apr 11, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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sbeme wrote:
thx
not bad retention I'd say
Scott


Well, I can be anal about some things The explanation is in the neighborhood, devil in the details and I am habitual about many things



Apr 11, 2013 at 06:27 PM
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Bob Jarman wrote:
in the neighborhood, devil in the details


+1

I can never remember exactly what I did, and ask me to do it again exactly the same way ... fat chance. But I do have my methods of approach that do keep me in the ballpark. It's becoming more & more about "feeling" where I want to take it, and less about precise methodology.

I never painted, but it reminds me of mixing oils to get the the color and consistency you want. It isn't exactly a perfectly repetitive result that you get every time you squeeze some out of the tube ... i.e. squeeze out some red, add some black, a little thinner, a bit more black, add some white, a touch of yellow, and now some orange, then a hint more black ... yup, that's what I was looking for. Now, try and get that color again tomorrow.



Apr 11, 2013 at 07:17 PM
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Scott,

I was at Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Circle B Bar Preserve southwest of Orlando, and Viera Wildlife Sanctuary (or something) near Melbourne. I was told by everyone who talked to me about it that the Alligator Farm is much better than Gatorland in Orlando, so I gave Gatorland a pass. I had never been to any of those places before. I also spent a day at the Avian Rehabilitation Center in Apopka. "Rehabilitation" is the wrong word, but it's close. If you're down there on a weekend afternoon be sure to see their trained Harris Hawks -- they fly them and they're gorgeous and fun to watch.

Keith




Apr 13, 2013 at 09:12 PM





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