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    Never have been able to get close to these birds, they seem to have a large comfort zone hence the 2x. This was was fishing in the shallow, marsh area, near the spillway. Shot taken on the late afternoon game drive, one from the archives.

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    Subject: Saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
    Location: Botswana - Selinda camp
    Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark
    Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +2x III HH
    Exposure: 1/2000s at f/8 ISO1000
    Original format: Portrait, very slight crop
    Processed via: LRC 9.3 & PS2020
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    I'd be happy with seeing this bird, let alone getting an excellent image like this. Great EXP and SH and I love the simple environment. TFS

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    Very neat bird! Both the blacks and the whites are pleasingly dealt with. Sharp. Vivid colours. I do wish the subject was a bit lower in the frame. This is a tough one to get level as the lines in the water are slanting down, but the colour strips in the BG are straight - have you tried a version with "level" water to see how that looks?

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    Thanks David.

    This is a tough one to get level as the lines in the water are slanting down, but the colour strips in the BG are straight - have you tried a version with "level" water to see how that looks?
    Hi Dan, yes it is a tough one, as I went for the vertical leg. The RP is where the water is 'level', but does this too, look odd, WDYT? I think its hard to pick a 'true' straight line, probably ends up to rotate back a little, more visually done than anything else.

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    Repost is better re: leveling.
    What is the red by the leg? A flower? Whatever it is, I wish it was not there!
    Good comp and exposure spot on.
    Great HA too.
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    I suspect he was moving so it is difficult to determine exactly the correct position. A pleasing image I see you have done your colour corrections and removals and left a faint luminance sheen of blue in the wings i.e. not eliminating it entirely. Looks good, though I am slightly surprised black/deep the blacks are, I appreciate the feathers in the neck are ruffled. Composition looks good = I like it.

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    What is the red by the leg? A flower? Whatever it is, I wish it was not there!
    It's part of the leg Gail, remove it, and they will fall over.

    A pleasing image I see you have done your colour corrections and removals and left a faint luminance sheen of blue in the wings i.e. not eliminating it entirely. Looks good, though I am slightly surprised black/deep the blacks are, I appreciate the feathers in the neck are ruffled. Composition looks good = I like it.
    Not quite Jon, blue was removed prior, I just use another layer sampling picker and Blend mode for whites. Black as you know are not blocked/chocked, but its the way the light catches then as it moves it's head, these are big birds almost 5ft in old money.
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    Nice to see the bird in those grasses. Gives a nice sense of the environment.

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