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    Posted: 26 February 2015 at 09:57
Very brief glimpse of a raptor on the wing today that resulted in a severely underexposed shot even at +1EV, totally overcast skies above would be a straight up shots worst enemy.

Original shot as out of camera with just crop added


Try as I might in Lightroom there's just not enough dynamic range to really bring it back, below is as far as I can push it. Posted in the current "birds" thread.


Would I be better off taking it to B&W and a silhouette treatment rather than try and bring out the detail?
 



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Nice bird! For me something inbetween#1 and #2
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tefoonez Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2015 at 11:00
Think the b&w version is standout winner - the hi-key effect is excellent and that little bit different - the others are just a decent capture - no offense meant!!

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I personnally find the first one the best: The wing feathers translucent and the body with a hint of silhouette. To my opinion, the body could just be a tad darker. The sky on the second one looks nicer, however...
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Of the three, I like the B&W the most. It's very striking! If you want to stick to color, I think I'd like to see an exposure that's between 1 and 2...
... or maybe not. I like the feathers in #1. I like the bird's face in #2. Maybe there's a way to PP this pic to include some of both. Sky in #2 looks better, too.
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For me the second pushed just a little less would likely be perfect.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote auujay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2015 at 21:22
Originally posted by Kilkry Kilkry wrote:

For me the second pushed just a little less would likely be perfect.

I agree, the second if it was a little darker would be fine. On my work monitor the first picture is just too dark to see any detail on the bird. The b&w edit is also an interesting take that works well.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2015 at 03:43
Thanks.
Just wish I got a good exposure to begin with, though for a reflex shot between trees at 500mm I can't really complain...least it's in decent focus
Probably keep on tinkering with bringing No2 back a little from where it is now and see where it takes me.

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