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    The black stilt is the rarest bird in the world.
    Taken in New Zealand and one of the few images I have where the multiple leg bands do not show.I am not a big fan of high key images but I like this one.
    Canon 1 DX 600mm and 1.4 x
    ISO 1600 SS 1/2000 F 6.3
    About 80% FF.
    Cloned out one grass under birds bill .Processed in DPP and PS CC.
    Comments and critiques always appreciated and learned from with thanks.
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    Gail:

    Nice pose, color harmony between legs and iris, grasses that give it a bit of depth (and keeps the high key from being too sterile).

    Excellent shooting angle.

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    Simply sublime canvas. TFS

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    Hi Gail ... I love this one , just because of the HK effect !!
    All works well ....for me .
    Just one minor issue , or better two .... you have some sharpening side affects along the birds outline ( black feathers / pale BG ) and the bird does look very slightly grainy . And maybe you can dodge that eye a tiny bit more ...

    Nice work and clean work

    TFS Andreas

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    This is such an awesome bird!
    This is truly a "thanks for sharing" photo...
    Also excellent!
    Dan Kearl

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    Well. I'm a big fan of high-key, especially when perfectly done such as here. The strands of grass add so much interest. I wonder if the beautiful red eye could be livened up a touch? Perhaps lighten the darker parts of the iris? Awesome bird, you must have been happy to get such good images of one!

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    Love a good high key frame. This one is very nice. Framing is right on. Those grasses in the water give some nice balance.

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    Congratulations! Love the high key, grasses, pose. Wonderful capture of such a rarity.

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    Certainly a different looking image Gail and the HK is very effective here, which I like.

    the bird does look very slightly grainy .
    Perhaps an effect of NIK Andreas, and or the image being lifted? Changing the Exposure techs in camera may have offered a better result, being backlit.

    TFS
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    Hi Gail. wonderful experience finding this bird, I am sure you were pumped. I like the high key, nice treatment. Thank you for sharing.
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    Hi Steve,
    No NIK used in this one. I raised the exposure by 0.15 in LR.
    Here is full frame JPEG and an image of the sliders I used

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    Hard to tell from the above, albeit that it looks better, but as I said and like Andreas's initial comment, the subject does look a bit 'grainy' in parts for ISO1600, however it was just an observation.

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    Hi Gail .... and Steve , might be a LR thing . As I do not use LR ( but use the ACR filter at times ) , I can only share my thoughts on your used sliders in that screenshot .
    You lifted shadows , you used Texture ( which amplifies grain ) and you added for sure sharpening .... plus clarity ( what also amplifies grain/noise ) .... might be one thing to think about !!! I might be not right .... though .

    Would be good to see a comparison created with the clunky DPP , but do not follow blindly guides and the recommenced settings within DPP .... just look at the image during processing in DPP !!!

    Cheers Andreas

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    Thanks for sharing this Gail...Very well captured, no nits from me.

    Will

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