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    Processed in Capture 1 and NR applied in Photoshop. I removed a second catch light in the eye but no other cloning was done.

    Camera - Nikon D850

    Focal Length - 700mm
    Aperture - f/11
    Shutter Speed - 1/4000s
    ISO - 4000
    Handheld
    Manual, Auto ISO
    Crop - 80-85% of full-frame

    All CC and comments are appreciated



    Last edited by Aditya Sridhar; 09-21-2019 at 03:15 PM.

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    Light looks nice. Neat how the bird is balanced on top of that little hump. Nice background.

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    This one has a better pose and comp....
    maybe add a bit of blacks to the bird.
    Dan Kearl

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    Great pose, and I love that watery background. Lighting in perfect. The setting looks a lot like the shots I used to get in LA County when I lived in SoCal.

    Technically, why f/11 in bright sunlight? You probably gave up 2 stops of noise without gaining much DOF across the subject. I think the nice detail you have would be even crisper had you been at f/5.6.

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    Thanks a lot everyone!

    Dorian - I was using the 500PF with the 1.4x TC so I had a max aperture of f/8. The bird was quite close so I stopped down for DOF. It didn't make a huge difference, but the reason I experimented with stopping down was actually to get more definition in the background. I wanted more structure to the waves and although I didn't quite achieve what I was going for, the results seemed slightly better than the wide open frames. I also managed to get more of the bird and the rocks in focus so that's a plus. There was no difference in sharpness between the f/8 and f/11 shots from what I can tell. You're right though in that the difference in noise probably outweighs the minor increase in DOF. I probably experimented at the worst possible time

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