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    White-faced Heron taken a few weeks back.
    5D4 600 f4 III 1.4 III 840mm HH
    1/2000 f6.3 iso500
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    Processed in DPP4 and PS2020
    Approx 40% crop from horizontal
    NR to background, light USM, eye work.

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    With some trepidation he re-enters the fray
    Good for you Colin and it illustrates you have that 'learning/want to do better' attitude which is great.

    Is this shot ETTR, or from a previous, older file? Initially I feel that although you have that warm late afternoon light, it appears dark, but then I am on an uncalibrated laptop. Maybe f/8 to bring more of those FG plumage in focus, but then again it may just need some more sharpening? I might also crop in a tad tighter from the top & RHS retaining the same crop, but for me, the cardinal sin is cropping Portrait from Landscape, shoot the way you wish to portray the subject, then if you have time change format, you just loose IQ because you are throwing away data.


    NR to background
    Did you apply it to the rocks, if so remove it.

    light USM, eye work.
    You need to apply it to the who subject Colin.

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    Thanks Steve, it was just after sunrise and I did reduce the yellow cast in DPP.
    Shot was taken mid March 2020.
    USM was applied to the whole subject.
    Point taken about horizontal/vertical shooting.

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    USM was applied to the whole subject.
    OK, so you need more, see email.

    Point taken about horizontal/vertical shooting.
    It will pay dividends Colin, even if you need to crop, but some folk don't get it. Good luck.

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    A heron I would love to see one day. Love the light, especially emphasizing the face and the fluffed plumage. Also love the painterly OOF water BG. I wish you were a tad lower and that face was even more visible with a more parallel to the sensor angle. Please keep them coming and TFS.

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    Good bird, good pose and nice light.

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    Much better work... I would not use USM to sharpen, make a new layer, use high pass sharpening.
    Dan Kearl

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    use high pass sharpening.
    Hi Dan, there are many ways to sharpen within PS (simple or complex) and a lot better than High Pass filter, but keeping things simple for those who may not be PS minded, USM works.

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    Steve,
    What are those?
    Smart sharpen is decent, a lot of really good photographers use high pass....
    I learned from Tony Kuyper, not a bird photog, but a PS genius and processing genius that a
    lot of landscape photographers emulate and use.
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    In fact, a quick google search and high pass filter sharpening is the go to method
    in about the first 5 searches.....
    Dan Kearl

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    Dan, there are so many ways, not just what PS offers in it's 'gallery', but more complex and far reaching than most folk wish to pursue or feel confident in using.

    Ever used Calculations & Subtractions for Luminosity, Divide in Blend mode for WB, RGB Channel mask for 'contrast' sharpening... PSCC has a wealth to offer, it all comes down to what works for folks and delivers the results they want.

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