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    Camera Model Canon EOS-1D X
    Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
    Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/1000
    Av(Aperture Value) 5.6
    Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
    Exposure Compensation 0
    ISO Speed 4000
    Auto ISO Speed ON
    Lens EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
    Processed in ACR & PS CC

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    Hi Jon, so the day wasn't a complete washout then? Ooh ISO4000 nice one.

    Some nice detail and overall colour, although I think you could loose some off the top, any more below??? I just wonder if the NR is just a fraction too smooth, but personal taste. Pretty little things the mandarin Drake.

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    This looks great. Guess I can't be surprised by how good it looks at ISO 4000. Very nice job. Bird has beautiful look and great and soft and natural looking fine feather details. Very nice. I agree with Steve that I would take a little off of the top and add to the bottom. Also think the shot could use a tiny bit of counter clockwise rotation. The upper tail and undertail look a little noisy to me like you lifted the shadows a bit. I think you would have about the perfect shot here once those minor issues are fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac Grant View Post
    This looks great. Guess I can't be surprised by how good it looks at ISO 4000. Very nice job. Bird has beautiful look and great and soft and natural looking fine feather details. Very nice. I agree with Steve that I would take a little off of the top and add to the bottom. Also think the shot could use a tiny bit of counter clockwise rotation. The upper tail and undertail look a little noisy to me like you lifted the shadows a bit. I think you would have about the perfect shot here once those minor issues are fixed.
    Well spotted Isaac - very little NR to the duck - more to the background, I have since reprocessed as Steve suggested and it looks a lot better.
    I think you will continue to be amazed by the 1DX for some time, just a give it a job to do and it delivers!

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    just a give it a job to do and it delivers!
    Jon, it only delivers when YOU tell it what to do, ultimately you have to drive it, as you know, it's not a point & shot, or shoot straight out of the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Jon, it only delivers when YOU tell it what to do, ultimately you have to drive it, as you know, it's not a point & shot, or shoot straight out of the box.
    Of course - you know me Mr Bashful!!

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    I love the colours here! I personally would paint away some of the noise reduction on the duck's reflection at a low opacity. It looks just a bit too smooth and painting-like. Otherwise I really like it!

    Thomas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Barbin View Post
    I love the colours here! I personally would paint away some of the noise reduction on the duck's reflection at a low opacity. It looks just a bit too smooth and painting-like. Otherwise I really like it!

    Thomas
    Thanks Thomas, the NR was overkill in this image, this is what I should have posted, I originally used a light Surface Blur filter on the water - not a good idea on this occasion.

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